Author(s): Katrina Bowman and Louse Ryan
When Louise and Katrina discovered they were having twins, both had the same thought once they recovered from the shock: buy a book that explains what to expect in order to get organised and to prepare emotionally and physically for the anticipated upheaval to their lives. When they couldn't find such a text, they decided to write it themselves.
Based on extensive research as well as their own and other twin parents' experiences of pregnancy, birth and twin toddlers, Katrina and Louise offer sound practical advice that is backed up by medical practitioners and health professionals where relevant. Detailed information with user-friendly explanations of medical jargon is peppered with amusing and moving stories of catastrophe, chaos and coping.
There are at-a-glance hints and survival tips at the end of each chapter and easy-reference tables of information throughout. The number of multiple births is rapidly increasing due to IVF and the older age range of new mothers. More people are having twins (or multiples) than ever before. This is the book they have to have.
Because of their active roles in the main support network for twin parents (AMBA), Louise and Katrina were aware of the need for a book which provided information on the workload and emotional turmoil experienced when parenting twins and which gave advice on how to cope.
LOUISE RYAN has worked in the book industry for over twenty five years. She is the mother of 14-year-old non-identical twins, Camille and Celeste, conceived through the IVF program.
KATRINA BOWMAN is the mother of Charlotte and Ella, identical twins. She almost always knows which one is which. Katrina works as a communication adviser in south-east Melbourne where she lives a very suburban existence, eagerly seeking out youthful influences in an effort to stymie her fuddy-duddy tendencies.