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The Complete Guide to Enjoying Your Multiple Pregnancy & Building a Happy, Healthy Family Life

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About Season One

Welcome to Double Happiness Multiplied – with host Sally Barker. Sally Barker is the mum of identical twin girls who were born at 28-weeks’ gestation due to Intrauterine Growth Restriction or IUGR. Needless to say, the journey was rough and full of many highs and plenty of lows, too. Over the next 12 episodes, Sally talks with experts in the fields of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Nutrition, Birthing, Mental Health, Breastfeeding, and much more. You’ll also hear from women who share their stories of having twins, triplets, and quads. The Book One of those experts you’ll learn from is Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Associate Professor Craig Pennell. Associate Professor Pennell has generously spent not only months working on this podcast with Sally, to ensure you receive the most up to date information, but for several years, she has been calling on him as the co-author of the book Double Happiness Multiplied – What You Need to Know About Having Twins, Triplets, or Quads. Order yo...

6 MIN2018 JAN 22
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About Season One

Everything yo Need to Know about Different Types of Twins

Order your pre-launch copy of the book DOUBLE HAPPINESS MULTIPLIED - What you need to know about having Twins, Triplets, & Quads HERE: https://www.doublehappinessmultiplied.com/twins-triplets-quads-book/ Welcome to Season One of Double Happiness Multiplied. On Episode One, Part One, we get clear on what type of multiple you’re carrying and what that means for your pregnancy. We hear from Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Associate Professor Craig Pennell who clears up some of the misconceptions surrounding whether your babies are identical or not, and how oftentimes your sonographer or obstetrician might give you a misdiagnosis. Rebecca Perrie shares her story of going through her twin pregnancy thinking she was carrying fraternal, or non-identical twins, to only find out later on that her girls are in fact identical. Jodie Wiren takes us on her journey with one of the rarest types of multiples – Monochorionic Monoamniotic twins or MoMos. Also, Hypnobirthing Practitioner and Doul...

24 MIN2018 JAN 22
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Everything yo Need to Know about Different Types of Twins

Everything you Need to Know about Higher Order Multiples

Order your pre-launch copy of the book DOUBLE HAPPINESS MULTIPLIED - What you need to know about having Twins, Triplets, & Quads HERE: https://www.doublehappinessmultiplied.com/twins-triplets-quads-book/ On this episode of the podcast, we discuss Higher Order Multiples (HOM). We hear fromChair in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Professor Fetal Medicine, Head of Discipline Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Newcastle and John Hunter Hospital Professor Craig Pennell who explains the different types of Higher Order Multiples and what to expect from your pregnancy. Triplet mum Laura Sarubin talks about her experience of finding out she was having triplets and how she tried to normalise the pregnancy as much as possible. And, Jannelle Snaddon shares her story of infertility, her journey with IVF, and how she was hoping for one baby and ended up with four – Quadruplets. Types of HOMs Professor Pennell explains the three patterns of combinations with triplets. * Three eggs tha...

18 MIN2018 JAN 22
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Everything you Need to Know about Higher Order Multiples

5 Things You Need To Know Right Now About Your Multiple Pregnancy

Order your pre-launch copy of the book DOUBLE HAPPINESS MULTIPLIED - What you need to know about having Twins, Triplets, & Quads HERE: https://www.doublehappinessmultiplied.com/twins-triplets-quads-book/ Welcome to Season One, Episode Two of the Double Happiness Multiplied podcast. On this episode, we’re joined by Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Associate Professor Craig Pennell who will give us some tips on what you should be asking during your appointments with your Specialist or Obstetrician. Sonographer Sam Ward explains what to expect at your ultrasound appointments at each stage of your pregnancy. And, Hypnobirthing Practitioner and Birthing Doula Elyse Jamieson offers guidance about choosing the right support team for your pregnancy. The shock Finding out your expecting multiples can be quite a shock and can throw you into a world of confusion and anxiety. Knowing what questions to ask your obstetrician, midwife, or sonographer and when you should ask specific questions i...

19 MIN2018 JAN 22
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5 Things You Need To Know Right Now About Your Multiple Pregnancy

How To Eat Right When You’re Having Twins, Triplets, or Quads

Order your pre-launch copy of the book DOUBLE HAPPINESS MULTIPLIED - What you need to know about having Twins, Triplets, & Quads HERE: https://www.doublehappinessmultiplied.com/twins-triplets-quads-book/ On this episode, we tackle the problem of hyperemesis in multiple pregnancies and explain how to maximise your nutrition when you’re too ill to keep anything down, or there’s simply no room left for food. Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Associate Professor Craig Pennell explains what happens to your body when you’re supplying nutrients to more than one baby at a time, and what supplements are required to ensure your vitamin and mineral needs are catered for. Pregnancy Dietician and Nutritionist Jessica Ruescher offers some practical advice on the types and amounts of foods you’ll need to eat, to maintain adequate weight gain during your pregnancy. Also, twin mum Elyse Jamieson and I talk about our experiences with hyperemesis, while mum of quadruplets Jannelle Snaddon shares ...

31 MIN2018 JAN 22
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How To Eat Right When You’re Having Twins, Triplets, or Quads

Gestational Diabetes in Multiple Pregnancies

Order your pre-launch copy of the book DOUBLE HAPPINESS MULTIPLIED - What you need to know about having Twins, Triplets, & Quads HERE: https://www.doublehappinessmultiplied.com/twins-triplets-quads-book/ On episode four, of Double Happiness Multiplied, we discuss Gestational Diabetes (GDM) and why it’s important for women carrying more than one baby to understand how it might impact their pregnancy. The good news is, with the right exercise and nutrition program you can avoid any adverse effects of the condition. More importantly, for 95 percent of women diagnosed with GDM the condition resolves once the babies are born. It’s a fact of life that pregnancy causes a diabetic state in every woman. About 90 percent of pregnant women can cope with it, while 10 percent can’t. It’s this latter group who get GDM. What is Gestational Diabetes? Diabetes Educator, Nurse Practitioner, and Midwife Marina Mickleson has spent more than twenty years explaining this to pregnant women. She says q...

19 MIN2018 JAN 22
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Gestational Diabetes in Multiple Pregnancies

7 Common Complications of a Multiple Pregnancy

Order your pre-launch copy of the book DOUBLE HAPPINESS MULTIPLIED - What you need to know about having Twins, Triplets, & Quads HERE: https://www.doublehappinessmultiplied.com/twins-triplets-quads-book/ On Episode Five, we discuss the seven most common complications that can arise in a multiple pregnancy. Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Professor Craig Pennell explains certain conditions to be aware of, what to look out for, and what do when you receive a diagnosis you’re not expecting. Author Alexa Bigwarfe talks about twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, and I share my story of intrauterine growth restriction. By the end of this episode, you’ll have an in-depth understanding of the many possibilities that could affect your pregnancy, but hopefully, you’ll be reassured that if you’re in the right hands those obstacles can be surmounted and you’ll be able to enjoy your pregnancy. The risks of having a multiple pregnancy Once you’ve been diagnosed with a multiple pregnancy, t...

28 MIN2018 JAN 22
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7 Common Complications of a Multiple Pregnancy

How To Keep Your Relationship On Track When Having Multiples

Order your pre-launch copy of the book DOUBLE HAPPINESS MULTIPLIED - What you need to know about having Twins, Triplets, & Quads HERE: https://www.doublehappinessmultiplied.com/twins-triplets-quads-book/ On this episode, we discuss your couple relationship and why it’s important to nurture it before, during, and after your multiple pregnancy. We hear from Psychologist Dr Gretta Little, who offers some practical tips to help keep you on track, and warning signs to look out for that might indicate you need to get some outside help. Rebecca Perrie and Jannelle Snaddon share their stories of the ups-and-downs they had in their relationships while carrying their multiples, and after they were born. And, I talk about the pressure the complications in my twin pregnancy put on my couple relationship. Pressure It’s no secret that carrying more than one baby at a time puts enormous pressure on your couple relationship. And with multiples, there’s the increased risk of complications along w...

14 MIN2018 JAN 22
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How To Keep Your Relationship On Track When Having Multiples

How To Prepare for the Birth of Your Twins, Triplets, or Quads

Order your pre-launch copy of the book DOUBLE HAPPINESS MULTIPLIED - What you need to know about having Twins, Triplets, & Quads HERE: https://www.doublehappinessmultiplied.com/twins-triplets-quads-book/ On episode seven of the Double Happiness Multiplied podcast, we explore birthing options for multiples. We talk to Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist Professor Craig Pennell about the types of twins that will require a caesarean delivery and those that can be safely delivered vaginally. Founder of Rockstar Birth Magazine and Rockstar Birth Radio, Shalome Stone explains why a birthing plan is important. Hypnobirthing Practitioner and Birthing Doula Elysee Jamieson shares her experience of birthing breech fraternal twins. And, I’ll tell you why my girls were delivered by Caesarean section. By the end of this episode, you’ll be armed with all the information you’ll need to make educated decisions about the birth of your babies. Talking About Birth Birth. The topic can get as heated ...

34 MIN2018 JAN 23
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How To Prepare for the Birth of Your Twins, Triplets, or Quads

What To Expect if Your Twins are Born Prematurely

Order your pre-launch copy of the book DOUBLE HAPPINESS MULTIPLIED - What you need to know about having Twins, Triplets, & Quads HERE: https://www.doublehappinessmultiplied.com/twins-triplets-quads-book/ On this episode of the Double Happiness Multiplied podcast, we talk with Consultant Neonatologist Doctor Patricia Woods from King Edward Memorial Hospital in Western Australia about what to expect when you have babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Mum of quadruplets Jannelle Snaddon walks us through her NICU journey. Psychologist Doctor Monique Robinson offers practical advice about taking care of your emotional wellbeing when you have babies in NICU. I’ll share my NICU story with you and I’ll read a moving letter from a micro-premmie mum written to other parents of premature babies. What does pre-term mean? A Preterm or Premmie baby is defined as being born alive before 37 weeks of pregnancy are completed. There are sub-categories of preterm birth, however, based on...

24 MIN2018 JAN 23
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What To Expect if Your Twins are Born Prematurely

Latest Episodes

About Season One

Welcome to Double Happiness Multiplied – with host Sally Barker. Sally Barker is the mum of identical twin girls who were born at 28-weeks’ gestation due to Intrauterine Growth Restriction or IUGR. Needless to say, the journey was rough and full of many highs and plenty of lows, too. Over the next 12 episodes, Sally talks with experts in the fields of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Nutrition, Birthing, Mental Health, Breastfeeding, and much more. You’ll also hear from women who share their stories of having twins, triplets, and quads. The Book One of those experts you’ll learn from is Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Associate Professor Craig Pennell. Associate Professor Pennell has generously spent not only months working on this podcast with Sally, to ensure you receive the most up to date information, but for several years, she has been calling on him as the co-author of the book Double Happiness Multiplied – What You Need to Know About Having Twins, Triplets, or Quads. Order yo...

6 MIN2018 JAN 22
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About Season One

Everything yo Need to Know about Different Types of Twins

Order your pre-launch copy of the book DOUBLE HAPPINESS MULTIPLIED - What you need to know about having Twins, Triplets, & Quads HERE: https://www.doublehappinessmultiplied.com/twins-triplets-quads-book/ Welcome to Season One of Double Happiness Multiplied. On Episode One, Part One, we get clear on what type of multiple you’re carrying and what that means for your pregnancy. We hear from Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Associate Professor Craig Pennell who clears up some of the misconceptions surrounding whether your babies are identical or not, and how oftentimes your sonographer or obstetrician might give you a misdiagnosis. Rebecca Perrie shares her story of going through her twin pregnancy thinking she was carrying fraternal, or non-identical twins, to only find out later on that her girls are in fact identical. Jodie Wiren takes us on her journey with one of the rarest types of multiples – Monochorionic Monoamniotic twins or MoMos. Also, Hypnobirthing Practitioner and Doul...

24 MIN2018 JAN 22
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Everything yo Need to Know about Different Types of Twins

Everything you Need to Know about Higher Order Multiples

Order your pre-launch copy of the book DOUBLE HAPPINESS MULTIPLIED - What you need to know about having Twins, Triplets, & Quads HERE: https://www.doublehappinessmultiplied.com/twins-triplets-quads-book/ On this episode of the podcast, we discuss Higher Order Multiples (HOM). We hear fromChair in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Professor Fetal Medicine, Head of Discipline Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Newcastle and John Hunter Hospital Professor Craig Pennell who explains the different types of Higher Order Multiples and what to expect from your pregnancy. Triplet mum Laura Sarubin talks about her experience of finding out she was having triplets and how she tried to normalise the pregnancy as much as possible. And, Jannelle Snaddon shares her story of infertility, her journey with IVF, and how she was hoping for one baby and ended up with four – Quadruplets. Types of HOMs Professor Pennell explains the three patterns of combinations with triplets. * Three eggs tha...

18 MIN2018 JAN 22
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Everything you Need to Know about Higher Order Multiples

5 Things You Need To Know Right Now About Your Multiple Pregnancy

Order your pre-launch copy of the book DOUBLE HAPPINESS MULTIPLIED - What you need to know about having Twins, Triplets, & Quads HERE: https://www.doublehappinessmultiplied.com/twins-triplets-quads-book/ Welcome to Season One, Episode Two of the Double Happiness Multiplied podcast. On this episode, we’re joined by Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Associate Professor Craig Pennell who will give us some tips on what you should be asking during your appointments with your Specialist or Obstetrician. Sonographer Sam Ward explains what to expect at your ultrasound appointments at each stage of your pregnancy. And, Hypnobirthing Practitioner and Birthing Doula Elyse Jamieson offers guidance about choosing the right support team for your pregnancy. The shock Finding out your expecting multiples can be quite a shock and can throw you into a world of confusion and anxiety. Knowing what questions to ask your obstetrician, midwife, or sonographer and when you should ask specific questions i...

19 MIN2018 JAN 22
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5 Things You Need To Know Right Now About Your Multiple Pregnancy

How To Eat Right When You’re Having Twins, Triplets, or Quads

Order your pre-launch copy of the book DOUBLE HAPPINESS MULTIPLIED - What you need to know about having Twins, Triplets, & Quads HERE: https://www.doublehappinessmultiplied.com/twins-triplets-quads-book/ On this episode, we tackle the problem of hyperemesis in multiple pregnancies and explain how to maximise your nutrition when you’re too ill to keep anything down, or there’s simply no room left for food. Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Associate Professor Craig Pennell explains what happens to your body when you’re supplying nutrients to more than one baby at a time, and what supplements are required to ensure your vitamin and mineral needs are catered for. Pregnancy Dietician and Nutritionist Jessica Ruescher offers some practical advice on the types and amounts of foods you’ll need to eat, to maintain adequate weight gain during your pregnancy. Also, twin mum Elyse Jamieson and I talk about our experiences with hyperemesis, while mum of quadruplets Jannelle Snaddon shares ...

31 MIN2018 JAN 22
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How To Eat Right When You’re Having Twins, Triplets, or Quads

Gestational Diabetes in Multiple Pregnancies

Order your pre-launch copy of the book DOUBLE HAPPINESS MULTIPLIED - What you need to know about having Twins, Triplets, & Quads HERE: https://www.doublehappinessmultiplied.com/twins-triplets-quads-book/ On episode four, of Double Happiness Multiplied, we discuss Gestational Diabetes (GDM) and why it’s important for women carrying more than one baby to understand how it might impact their pregnancy. The good news is, with the right exercise and nutrition program you can avoid any adverse effects of the condition. More importantly, for 95 percent of women diagnosed with GDM the condition resolves once the babies are born. It’s a fact of life that pregnancy causes a diabetic state in every woman. About 90 percent of pregnant women can cope with it, while 10 percent can’t. It’s this latter group who get GDM. What is Gestational Diabetes? Diabetes Educator, Nurse Practitioner, and Midwife Marina Mickleson has spent more than twenty years explaining this to pregnant women. She says q...

19 MIN2018 JAN 22
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Gestational Diabetes in Multiple Pregnancies

7 Common Complications of a Multiple Pregnancy

Order your pre-launch copy of the book DOUBLE HAPPINESS MULTIPLIED - What you need to know about having Twins, Triplets, & Quads HERE: https://www.doublehappinessmultiplied.com/twins-triplets-quads-book/ On Episode Five, we discuss the seven most common complications that can arise in a multiple pregnancy. Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Professor Craig Pennell explains certain conditions to be aware of, what to look out for, and what do when you receive a diagnosis you’re not expecting. Author Alexa Bigwarfe talks about twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, and I share my story of intrauterine growth restriction. By the end of this episode, you’ll have an in-depth understanding of the many possibilities that could affect your pregnancy, but hopefully, you’ll be reassured that if you’re in the right hands those obstacles can be surmounted and you’ll be able to enjoy your pregnancy. The risks of having a multiple pregnancy Once you’ve been diagnosed with a multiple pregnancy, t...

28 MIN2018 JAN 22
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7 Common Complications of a Multiple Pregnancy

How To Keep Your Relationship On Track When Having Multiples

Order your pre-launch copy of the book DOUBLE HAPPINESS MULTIPLIED - What you need to know about having Twins, Triplets, & Quads HERE: https://www.doublehappinessmultiplied.com/twins-triplets-quads-book/ On this episode, we discuss your couple relationship and why it’s important to nurture it before, during, and after your multiple pregnancy. We hear from Psychologist Dr Gretta Little, who offers some practical tips to help keep you on track, and warning signs to look out for that might indicate you need to get some outside help. Rebecca Perrie and Jannelle Snaddon share their stories of the ups-and-downs they had in their relationships while carrying their multiples, and after they were born. And, I talk about the pressure the complications in my twin pregnancy put on my couple relationship. Pressure It’s no secret that carrying more than one baby at a time puts enormous pressure on your couple relationship. And with multiples, there’s the increased risk of complications along w...

14 MIN2018 JAN 22
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How To Keep Your Relationship On Track When Having Multiples

How To Prepare for the Birth of Your Twins, Triplets, or Quads

Order your pre-launch copy of the book DOUBLE HAPPINESS MULTIPLIED - What you need to know about having Twins, Triplets, & Quads HERE: https://www.doublehappinessmultiplied.com/twins-triplets-quads-book/ On episode seven of the Double Happiness Multiplied podcast, we explore birthing options for multiples. We talk to Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist Professor Craig Pennell about the types of twins that will require a caesarean delivery and those that can be safely delivered vaginally. Founder of Rockstar Birth Magazine and Rockstar Birth Radio, Shalome Stone explains why a birthing plan is important. Hypnobirthing Practitioner and Birthing Doula Elysee Jamieson shares her experience of birthing breech fraternal twins. And, I’ll tell you why my girls were delivered by Caesarean section. By the end of this episode, you’ll be armed with all the information you’ll need to make educated decisions about the birth of your babies. Talking About Birth Birth. The topic can get as heated ...

34 MIN2018 JAN 23
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How To Prepare for the Birth of Your Twins, Triplets, or Quads

What To Expect if Your Twins are Born Prematurely

Order your pre-launch copy of the book DOUBLE HAPPINESS MULTIPLIED - What you need to know about having Twins, Triplets, & Quads HERE: https://www.doublehappinessmultiplied.com/twins-triplets-quads-book/ On this episode of the Double Happiness Multiplied podcast, we talk with Consultant Neonatologist Doctor Patricia Woods from King Edward Memorial Hospital in Western Australia about what to expect when you have babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Mum of quadruplets Jannelle Snaddon walks us through her NICU journey. Psychologist Doctor Monique Robinson offers practical advice about taking care of your emotional wellbeing when you have babies in NICU. I’ll share my NICU story with you and I’ll read a moving letter from a micro-premmie mum written to other parents of premature babies. What does pre-term mean? A Preterm or Premmie baby is defined as being born alive before 37 weeks of pregnancy are completed. There are sub-categories of preterm birth, however, based on...

24 MIN2018 JAN 23
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What To Expect if Your Twins are Born Prematurely
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