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The New and Expectant Moms group meets monthly at a member's home or resturaunt to share advice and experiences as well as enjoy an evening out of the house. Please contact Teresa Hodge for more information on the new mom dinners and Amy Ruple for membership information.

Our club maintains a "preemie closet" of clothes for our newest little blessings. If you have need of preemie clothes and are a member contact Kimberly Shoulders and we will arrange to get clothes to you.

The Article below is from The State Paper, Monday, October 8th 2007

LINDSAY SEMPLE/LSEMPLE@THESTATE.COM
Bertram Rantin
News Columnist
brantin@thestate.com
(803) 771-8306

A baby boy here. A twin sister there. Matching outfits in every corner. Some crawlers. Some criers — and all under one roof.

For years, members of the Columbia Area Mothers of Twins Club have been sharing the joys and challenges of raising multiple siblings. On Saturday many from the group brought their young ones out for a group play date in the Irmo area.

“This is the first time we have been brave enough to bring all the babies to one house,” said Kathy Johnson, one of several mothers of twins gathered at the home of club member Jillian Fuller.

Saturday’s outing is among several events sponsored by the Mothers of Twins Club, which has been offering fellowship, support and special activities for mothers of twins (or more) since 1976. The group started with seven mothers and today has about 150. It is open to all women in the area who have had or are expecting multiple births.

Saturday, members of the club’s new mothers group — which ranges from expectant mothers to those with children up to 1 year old — assembled with their babies for some tot-sized interaction.

“It’s a little crazy,” Tracy Ervin of Irmo said. “We all talk about our kids so much, it’s nice to finally bring them all together.”

Fuller — who has been a club member since her twins, Jack and Kensley, were born a few months ago — said the club has provided an ideal outlet for mothers facing similar situations.

“We meet once a month and discuss all of the issues involved (with raising multiples),” she said. “You’ve got two that need the same thing at the same time. That’s the challenge.”

Along with the monthly discussion groups, the club provides meals and transportation for new mothers, brings in regular guest speakers and holds twice-a-year gently used clothing sales — in pairs, of course. At other times throughout the year, there are special family gatherings including a harvest festival, Christmas party and Easter egg hunt.

For Lexington’s Julie McDowell, such events are a nice diversion from the roughly 16 bottles and 20 diapers her 6-month-old daughters, Whitlie and Weslen, require each day.

“When I see people out in public with twins, I say ‘you have got to join this club,’” McDowell said.

Amanda Hill of Northeast Richland was at Saturday’s new moms event with her twin daughters, Olivia and Katie-Grace. She said she finds comfort in being with other mothers facing the same challenges.

“They’re definitely the people that understand what you are going through, but it’s also an outlet,” Hill said.

Club mothers say while there are challenges, raising twins has benefits as well.

“They definitely come across (the concept of) sharing and ‘you’re not the only baby in the world’ a lot sooner than most kids do,” Johnson said.