About the Club

History of the Club

The Gold Coast Multiple Birth Association (GCMBA) was formed in 1980. A group of Mums with twins first met at the Gold Coast Hospital by the arrangement of Margaret Byrne, who at the time, workedforCommunity Health. The purpose of this initial meeting was simply to find out how to start a club and Margaret was the guiding force in setting up the Club’s original Constitution.  The first Coffee Morning of the club was subsequently held in September of 1980 at the Labrador Community Centre.  From here the club’s expansion saw it include members from the southern end of the Gold Coast, where the club also started regular activities.  The members of the club later started home and hospital visits to expectant and new mums of multiples.

Australian Multiple Birth Association

Members of the GCBMA are also members of the Australian Multiple Birth Association (AMBA). AMBA was formed in 1974 and is the National coordinating body of all Multiple Birth Clubs in Australia.  Over the years members have taken part in surveys and research studies conducted and sponsored by AMBA.  These studies have enhanced knowledge about multiple births for both parents and medical health personnel.  As a result of the surveys, several books have been produced as an aid to multiple birth parents.

 Aims of the Gold Coast Multiple Birth Club

· To provide information, practical assistance and  support for multiple birth families

· To increase awareness of the social needs of the multiple birth families and improve the resources available to them

· To be a non-political and non-sectarian organization co-operating with other organizations that have the same interests

Who is eligible to join?

The GCMBA is open to all parents (Natural, Foster or Adoptive) of multiple birth children.  Many become members soon after their pregnancy is diagnosed.  If you are interested in joining the club you are most welcome to come along to our events as soon as you are able.  To arrange to have a membership form sent out to you; please contact membership@goldcoastmultiplebirth.com 

Functions of the Club

The club strives to provide an avenue for communications and sharing of information on the care of raising multiples.  We provide opportunity for parents to share their coping mechanisms and discuss events unique to multiples.  At the same time the club encourages the awareness of the individuality of all members of the family whether singles, twin, triplets or more!