By KACIE FLYNN
Members of Columbia Mothers of Multiples came together for their monthly meeting Thursday, April 7. The group meets on the first Thursday of every month at Community United Methodist Church in Fellowship Hall, 3301 W. Broadway.
“I didn’t know what to expect,” said Stephony Stelzer of becoming part of the group. “I just needed to talk to moms to see how they survived.” Stelzer joined the group in 2002 when she was pregnant with her twin girls Sarah and Emily.
Mothers of Multiples is a resource to help mothers cope with the stresses of raising more than one child at a time. The monthly meetings provide tips, open discussions about parenting problems and the opportunity to hear guest speakers.
“We’re mainly here for support,” said Catherine Miller, president of Mothers of Multiples and mother of seven-year-old fraternal twins Kole and McKynleigh. “A lot of us have made our closest friends here,” Miller said.
The Columbia chapter of Mothers of Multiples was established in 1980, and in honor of those 30 years the group has started a 30 Years, 30 Acts of Service project. The project began last July and has contributed to several Columbia charities.
On Thursday, the moms made paper cranes for the Cranes for Kids project started by OshKosh B’Gosh. For every crane made, the company will donate an article of clothing to the children affected by the earthquake in Japan.
Although many of the organization’s activities are focused on helping women in the beginning stages of parenting multiples, some remain in the group because of a sense of repayment to the group that helped them during the time they needed it most.
“You start out needing a lot, then you end up giving a lot,” said Miller, whose twins girls are now 8 years old. “First you take, then you give.”
The next Mothers of Multiples meeting will be Thursday, May 5. However, the group’s website message board provides an online community for women who want to reach out to the group.