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Support Group For Parents With Multiples Reaches Out

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Ella and Sophia are 14-month-old fraternal twins.
Nicola Shelley
Ella and Sophia are 14-month-old fraternal twins.

There's not much better than a babys laughter, and new mother Nicola Shelley gets to hear it twice as much.

Her twins Ella and Sophia are a constant source of joy, but they also bring unique challenges to the table, starting with how soon they came into this world.

"I think a lot of people don't expect to have children so prematurely. The girls were born at 33 weeks, and so we actually had an extra month and a half to two months of very small babies in the house," Shelley says.

And that's exactly why Suzy Friedman, who's vice president of membership for the Northern Virginia Parents of Multiples, says it's so important to meet other parents facing what you're facing.

"Almost everyones children spend some time in the NICU. I was fortunate for my children to only spend 10 days, but still, 10 days in the NICU is 10 days more than any of my friends children spent in the NICU," says Friedman.

Northern Virginia Parents of Multiples also helps parents find night nannies, holds consignment sales and hosts kid free events for parents, such as this Thursday's Spa Night.

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