The Purple Butterfly initiative

 The Neonatal Trust and Multiples New Zealand have partnered up to bring the ‘Purple Butterfly’ initiative to New Zealand. Both organisations share a common objective of supporting families facing stress and anxiety due to the arrival of new babies.

The Purple Butterfly sticker initiative has been developed in the United Kingdom by Millie Smith after the passing of one of her newborn twin daughters. Her daughter Skye had been diagnosed at 12 weeks with anencephaly and only lived for three hours after birth.

The family was allowed privacy, so when a parent of crying twins staying at the same hospital unwittingly commented that Smith was lucky she did not have twins, Millie was devastated. She believes that “A simple sticker would have avoided that entire situation.”

This emotional experience prompted Smith develop the purple butterfly initiative to represent the loss from a multiple and to make a difference to grieving families.
For more details about Millie’s experience, visit: www.babble.com/parenting/butterfly-stickers-milli-smith/

Neil O’Styke, Executive Director of The Neonatal Trust, said that “the Purple Butterfly initiative is great and will assist families struggling with the process of mourning the loss of one child while also looking after and bonding with another”.

It is more likely for a multiple pregnancy to result in premature birth. Carolyn Lister, President of Multiples NZ says “40% of twins are born early, as well as 90% of triplets. The gestational period is shorter than single births and as such they are subject to further risk”.

A Givealittle page has been developed to:
· Raise funds for a donation to the Skye High Foundation, in recognition of the work undertaken developing this concept and the resources
· Develop the Purple Butterfly initiative for use in New Zealand NICUs and SCBUs
· Supply Purple Butterfly stickers and create posters and resources to explain their purpose.

The initial goal is to raise $5,000. If this is exceeded, The Neonatal Trust will use this to provide additional support of neonatal families in New Zealand. Further, a joint resource development project between The Neonatal Trust and Multiples NZ is planned.

New Zealand is a world leader in neonatal care and research with an incredibly high survival rate for newborns. Unfortunately a very small number of babies do not survive, the families are supported through the grieving process and cherish any memories of their child.

Note to editors
Images are available for use. For these, and more information on The Neonatal Trust and neonatal care in general, please contact:
Neil O’Styke, Executive Director
The Neonatal Trust (Registered Charity CC42886)
neil.ostyke@neonataltrust.org.nz  www.neonataltrust.org.nz

For more information on Multiples New Zealand, please contact:
Carolyn Lister, President
Multiples New Zealand (Registered Charity CC48192)

For reference:
Donations to help bring the Purple Butterfly initiative to New Zealand can be made on a specifically created Givealittle page: 

For more information about The Neonatal Trust visit www.neonataltrust.org.nz

The Purple Butterfly initiative in Australia: http://www.amba.org.au/amba-launches-the-purple-butterfly-initiative-to-help-bereaved-families-of-twins-triplets-or-more.html

Multiples Awareness Week 2019

Multiples New Zealand and the community of local organisations that supports New Zealand’s families with twins, triplets and more is celebrating Multiples Awareness Week from 24 February to 2 March.

Many parents of multiples feel isolated and overwhelmed due to their unique situation. Mental health issues occur at a much higher rate in parents of multiples. A strong sense of belonging is essential for good mental health and wellbeing. Our network fosters these connections by linking families to a community of local families with multiples.

Those who actively ‘share the journey’ with their peers often develop strong bonds and lifelong friendships through the shared experience of parenting multiples and the many unique joys and challenges this brings.

By getting involved in club activities such as information sessions and playgroups, parents will have the opportunity to share their stories, knowledge and skills as well as offering words of reassurance and encouragement that build confidence and a sense of belonging.

We know that parenting multiples is a journey best shared. Through our national Facebook campaign we will be encouraging our wider membership to share stories, photos and connect with others.

Volunteer Awards 2018 Results

Congratulations to everyone who was nominated and thank you to all those who submitted a nomination.

It’s time to announce the WINNERS of the Multiples NZ Volunteer Awards for 2018. 

The Volunteer Awards were presented at the Multiples NZ National Training Forum Gala Dinner, held in Wellington at the Brentwood Hotel on Saturday 27th of October 2018.

‘Emerging Leader’ Award 2018

Awarded to a volunteer who has stepped up and made a difference in their club or the New Zealand multiples community in their first 18 months as a volunteer (either on a committee or in a specific volunteer role e.g. starting a sub-branch, running a playgroup, being a contact person). The award highlights not only their contribution thus far, but their potential/intention to contribute to the multiples community in the future.

Prize includes $50 cash and $100 to the winner’s local Multiples NZ affiliated club.