She knew she'd need friends who'd understand.
That was in 2007. Today, Higgins, 39, of Mukilteo, is a past president of Snohomish County Mothers of Multiples, a nonprofit that provides services and social programs for mothers or female legal guardians of multiples, such as twins and triplets.
In the past few years, the group has averaged up to 100 members, most of whom have twins under five.
SNOMOMS was formed in spring 2005, and is governed by an all-volunteer executive board, Higgins said. Members are primarily from Snohomish County.
"Moms of multiples have a few extra things to think about," Higgins said. "Things are more tricky and difficult, especially with babies and infant twins, so we provide social support."
The group meets about once a month. Meetings often include speakers who talk about parenting-related issues.
There also are small group discussions for specific parenting topics, such as breastfeeding, Higgins said.
"Basically, it's just an opportunity to sit there and talk to other moms and say, 'How do you this?', that kind of thing," she said. "You get moms together, and they can start talking to each other and sharing stories."
The group plans social events for mothers only and for others in the family, Higgins said. About one event is planned per month during the summer.
General meetings are open to the public, but only members can attend other events, Higgins said. New members pay $30 annually.
People who become involved and volunteer can take on leadership roles, help plan programs or work on outreach, she said. They also tend to make lifelong friends.
"If you feel like you're going to need support in raising your twins, and you want those other moms who are going to nod and say, 'Yeah, I know exactly what you're talking about,' that's why you join a club like this," she said.
Rikki King: 425-339-3449; firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, go to http://snomoms.org.
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