In 1970 when Carol Jones’ twins arrived, she found there was nowhere to turn for information or advice about multiple birth children. She felt she deeply needed camaraderie. She placed an ad in the local newspaper to find out if others felt the same way.
At the first meeting in August 1970 there were 8 women, by the end of the year 32 mothers were meeting monthly in each other’s homes to share experiences and offer support. The Grand Rapids Mothers of Twins Club became a viable entity to the community and soon had bylaws and membership. “Twice as Nice” was the chosen club name and they started publishing a monthly newsletter, which became affiliated with state and national organizations of Mothers of Twins Clubs to expand its access to data.
As membership increased, the club began meeting in larger quarters. There were monthly speakers and inquiries from Michigan colleges who were interested in twin research projects. With growth also came the need for fundraising which included home-based businesses, grocery raffles, craft shows and club garage sales. In 1979 and 1991, a cookbook was compiled and sold. Community service was also a part of the club with beneficiaries such as local charities and needy families with multiples. Our group also contributed to the Zambian Missionary Mothers of Milk Fund and the Catherine Stuart Memorial Fund, which is a state organization charity.
Over the years, our events have become club tradition. Some of the favorites include our Easter egg hunt, summer family picnic, winter holiday party, semi-annual sale, and our multiples Q&A panel.
In 2017, we decided to update our name from Grand Rapids Mothers of Twins Club to Grand Rapids Mothers of Multiples. The name change reflects the support we provide to ALL mothers in the multiples community!
With almost 1,000 Facebook group members, our club has continued to be a support to mothers of multiples and an active part of the greater Grand Rapids community. We look forward to many more years of supporting our fellow MoMs. We hope to see you at an event soon!