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Twins, Triplets & More Bookshelf

Welcome to StorkNet's Twins, Triplets and More Bookshelf. There are so many books available on this subject that we know it can be hard to select the best. Let us help! We've chosen the best books based on visitor input and our own reviews so you don't have to weed through them all. Enjoy! Don't forget to visit StorkNet's Multiples Mania Channel for articles and support.

When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads: A Complete Resource
by Dr. Barbara Luke and Tamara Eberlein; Paperback - 432 pages, 2nd edition, published June 2004 by Harperperennial Library
Synopsis: With the goal of minimizing risk factors associated with multiple births, Dr. Barbara Luke and her team of writers cover each subject with a buoyant determination to tell it all and tell it well--avoiding the typical "how to name and dress your twins" issues. Accompanying the detailed medical perspective of Dr. Luke are personal experiences gathered from the journals of a few articulate moms, making each subject as real as it is educational.

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Double Duty: The Parents' Guide to Raising Twins, from Pregnancy Through the School Years
by Christina Baglivi Tinglof; Paperback, 208 pages, published by McGraw Hill, June 1998

Synopsis: Parenting twins is unlike parenting siblings of different ages. From infancy through the teen years, twins require a bit more energy and diplomacy, plus lots of clever ideas. This book offers plenty of reassuring advice and practical strategies for coping with the challenges that lie ahead. Featuring a wealth of tips from couples with twins who've lived to tell about it, Double Duty covers everything from managing a multiple pregnancy to the first days of school. Whether you're concerned about bonding with two babies at once, getting them on the same schedule, or separating your inseparable duo for a day, Double Duty suggests many comforting solutions.

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Expecting Twins, Triplets, and More: A Doctor's Guide to a Healthy and Happy Multiple Pregnancy
by Rachel Franklin, MD; paperback - 240 pages, published March 2005 by St. Martin's Griffin

Synopsis: With humor, hope, and practical wisdom, Dr. Rachel Franklin helps you to better understand the unique circumstances of multiple pregnancy and birth. From the time you hear the news to the time you take home your bundles of joy, this books tells you what to expect, how to cope, and how to enjoy the journey.

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Everything You Need to Know to Have a Healthy Twin Pregnancy
by Gila Leiter, MD; Paperback - 368 pages, published November, 2000 by Dell Books

Synopsis: Taking you step-by-step through the processes of pregnancy and birth, Dr. Leiter shares her professional and personal expertise, providing answers to all your questions, plus practical know-how, psychological support, and extensive resources for this most joyous--and overwhelming--experience, whether you're having two babies...or four!

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Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding & Caring for Twins or More
by Karen Kerkhoff Gromada; Paperback - 354 pages revised edition, published July 1999 by La Leche League

Synopsis: This is one of the few books discusses breastfeeding multiples in detail. With information on maintaining milk production and including formula in the diet, many suggestions are given for breastfeeding two at once and very complete and useful instructions for when and how to express milk to maximize production. Besides breastfeeding, this book provides the specific advice for all aspects of caring for twins throughout the first two years. This includes extensive discussions of caring for preemies and low-birth weight babies, managing relations with the twins' siblings, and the psychological affects of taking on the responsibility of caring for twins.

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The Multiple Pregnancy Sourcebook: Pregnancy and the First Days with Twins, Triplets, and More
by Nancy Bowers, RN; paperback - 432 pages, published April 2001 by McGraw-Hill

Synopsis: This book covers the same material as any pregnancy guide, and in approximately the same order. Starting with proper nutrition and continuing through the standard routines of visits and testing, it finishes up with the actual labor, postnatal care, and a walk-through of those first few days at home. Because all this information is aimed specifically at multiple pregnancies, you'll also find information about subjects like selective reduction, bed rest, and the chances of having at least one baby delivered by cesarean section. Through it all, Bowers's wise and experienced tone manages to soothe while educating. Bowers emphasizes that "multiple pregnancy is demanding work, but the rewards are matchless." She frequently encourages parents to seek out support, whether through a parenting group or a counselor, and provides an excellent guide at the end of the book that offers contact information for all sorts of potential help.

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The Parents' Guide to Raising Twins
by Cherry Rowland, Elizabeth Friedrich; paperback, published March 1990 by St. Martin's Press

Synopsis: Written by mothers of twins, this is a comprehensive and medically sound guide to the special problems of coping with twins or triplets . . . or more! Quotes from 35 parents of multiples who share a variety of experiences and suggestions.

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Party of Nine: The Triumphs and Traumas of Raising Sextuplets + One
by Jennifer Hanselman; paperback - 128 pages, published September 2006 by Saddle Point Publishing

Synopsis: Take a hilarious peek inside the family life of Ohio's first set of sextuplets! LAUGH at the ups and downs of family life with kids. LEARN what it takes to survive the challenge of raising kids. READ how faith in God and a sense of humor can help a person survive nearly anything. BE AMAZED at the miracle that has happened to two ordinary parents. Party of Nine is stuffed full of humorous and poignant glimpses into the life of a unique family and includes dozens of photos of the sextuplets Alex, Logan, Kyle, Sophia, Lucy, and Isabella and their big brother Connor.

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Raising Multiple Birth Children: Surviving the First Three Years of Twins & Supertwins
by William and Sheila Laut; Hardcover, 256 pages, published by Chandler House Press, June 1999

Synopsis: With the birth of triplets, Bill and Sheila Laut went from DINK (double income, no kids) to SINK (single income, numerous kids) desperate for advice, but finding little. Their book, How to Raise Multiple Children, is packed with practical tips for parents raising twins, triplets, quadruplets and more.
Read StorkNet's complete review of this book.

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Twins!: Expert Advice from Two Practicing Physicians on Pregnancy, Birth, and the First Year of Life With Twins
by Connie L. Agnew, MD and Alan H. Klein, MD; Paperback - 368 pages, 2nd edition, published February 2006 by HarperCollins

Synopsis: The authors bill it as a "truly epic journey": the voyage from pregnancy through a lifetime of parenting twins. Perinatologists Connie L. Agnew, M.D., and Alan H. Klein, M.D. (also a pediatrician) incorporate a winning combination of helpful facts, educated opinion, and candid roundtable discussions--a combination that nicely maps the journey's first course for expectant parents of multiples.

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Twinspiration: Real-Life Advice From Pregnancy Through the First Year
by Cheryl Lage; paperback - 320 pages, published February 2006 by Taylor Trade Publishing

Synopsis: Twinspiration combines guidebook how-to with personal diary to lead mothers through pregnancy and the first year of their twins' lives. This carefully laid out book provides an array of information from the basics to the questions you are too afraid to ask with humor and honesty. This is the must have all in one resource for any couple that is expecting twins.

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