Who are we?
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, worked for Community 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. The club is now operated by about 10+ volunteers with an executive committee comprising of a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.
Aims of GCMBA
What do we do?
The Gold Coast Multiple Birth Association connects Gold Coast parents and families of multiples with each-other and provides a local support network. To create these connections we:
Host Expectant Parents Nights (EPNs) for families expecting multiples
Host parent workshops on various topics - eg: sleep & settling, toilet training and raising resilient children
Coordinate regular all ages multiples playgroup (siblings welcome)
Organise regular Dads of Multiples (DOMs) meet ups
Celebrate Multiple Birth Awareness Week (MBAW), Christmas and other events throughout the year (Mothers Day, Fathers Day etc) through hosting fun events for families with multiples (all welcome)
Provide access to corporate membership passes allowing a number of entries to places like Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Tabatinga and Inflatable World Burleigh (GCMBA financial members benefit)
Provide opportunities for fun, affordable activities for your family with multiples to participate in. Activities such as gymnastics, sensory classes, movie events etc
School Age Multiples (SAMs) have regular affordable and fun events throughout the school holidays
Provide access to a network of resources to support families with multiples
How do you become a member?
The Gold Coast Multiple Birth Association is open to all parents (natural, foster or adoptive) of multiple birth children. We offer services to both financial members of the association as well as non members.
Non members are welcome to come to any of the events held. Some events may require a fee for non-financial members. Financial members are those who sign up to be a member of the Gold Coast Multiple birth association to which a fee is paid.
Members enjoy benefits such as free or discounted entry to GCMBA events (Gym classes for children, parents dinners, Dads of Multiples events, baby mat play, sensory classes, playgroup, Multiple Birth Awareness Week and the Christmas Party to name a few).
Financial members assist to continue the club is able to provide support services to the local community of multiples. All managerial and administrative functions are voluntary.