Manhattan Twins Club Members Give Expert Advice to NY Mag's The Strategist

In September, NY Magazine’s e-newsletter, The Strategist, which focuses on how to live a better New York City life, contacted the MTC for advice about the best baby gear for twins. We responded! As you might imagine, the double stroller was the top must-have, in both regular & travel versions. (One common feature of twin parenting is having more than one stroller!)

Thank you to the MTC members who responded to the Member’s Only Discussion group post that sought parents who might wish to be interviewed.

Fall is On The Way: Time to Review Immunization Needs for Your Children, Yourself and Family Members

This is the time of year when many of us, even those of us whose children aren't yet in school, or who have long graduated, start making plans for September and beyond. This is a great time to get your calendar out, grab your phone and sit down in a pleasant spot and schedule doctor and dentist appointments and making sure that your family is caught up on all recommended immunizations. (And no one will know if you've got a cocktail in one hand while you make the calls. If you use speaker phone, you could even have an ice cream in that other hand.)

The MTC is unabashedly pro-immunization for all individuals who don't have a medical reason to opt-out. Unfortunately because currently many ARE opting out of vaccinations, risks are raised for the entire community, for those who can't get vaccinated or who miss a booster shot. 

The latest schedule of recommend immunizations for children and teens from the CDC includes information about special situations, including catch-up vaccinations (if a shot in a series was missed, or there is a later start) and special health circumstances.

It also has a list of the common vaccine abbreviations and trade names, which can be handy when you are trying to decipher what vaccines have been previously given.

And don't overlook checking to be sure that you are current on vaccines, and that other adult family members are as well. There is new vaccine for shingles - highly recommended EVEN if you have already received the older vaccine if you are over 50. For those of us with infants or in contact with the elderly or medically fragile individuals, you might want to consider also getting the two pneumococcal vaccines.

Really feeling the back to school vibe? Want to take a quiz? The CDC has quizzes that can give you a personalized recommended vaccine list!

Some tips:

  • Not all doctors have all vaccines in stock. When you make your appointment, state that you wish to discuss vaccinations, and, if possible, get vaccinated. You can print out or save the PDF of the pocket guide to use as a tool during your appointment.
  • Depending on your insurance coverage, you can choose to get vaccine recommendations from your doctor, but actually GET the shots more cheaply, or quickly if your doctor is out of stock, at Costco or a chain drug store. 
  • If you plan on traveling out of your home region this year, do bring this up at the appointment. There might be recommendations for vaccines, or other advice that your doctor can offer.
  • It is good to get vaccines when you and your family are the MOST healthy -- any potential reaction can be minimized. A reward to those who get vaccinated before flu season!






    "Bed Rest is Bunk" - The Atlantic, August 6th edition

    Interesting article about bed rest in The Atlantic's August 6th edition. The author, Lisa Lerer, who herself was prescribed several bed rest hospital stays before the birth of her second (singleton) child, shares her story and explores this frequently prescribed treatment. Around 20% of pregnant women will be on bed rest at some time during their pregnancy - and the shocking fact is that a growing body of actual, clinical research shows that in most cases bed rest isn't beneficial to mothers or their fetuses. And in fact, bed rest, even the lighter 'couch rest' can actually do physical and psychological damage to women that persists long after her baby is born. The actual reason for prescribing bed rest in many cases, she finds, might be because the doctor has reached for magical thinking because he or she has no other medical 'fix' to offer. (More research on pregnancy and its complications is long over due - I was shocked by the statistics that the author provides on how little pregnant women are included in research studies.)

    Definitely worth a read.

    Oh, and The Atlantic also has a weekly family newsletter on 'the modern family' in all its different forms. I'm sensing a trend (and a likely target market) here...

    Conde Nast Shutters Print Mags, Starts #fam

    So today I* received an email from Conde Nast, who recently shuttered quite a few print magazines, about #fam, which they say is 'an exploration-filled experiential digital platform paving the path forward for modern families." 

    Hmmm. I have mixed reactions to that rather jargon-laden pitch and the accompanying video clip, but I did sign up for the newsletter. 

    Because I am an internet/tech industry alum and because of my role with the MTC, I'm very interested in their mix of content & commercialism. I wonder what sort of a path they plan to pave, and who they are paving it for... I'll have to wait and see!

    If you want to see their - slightly obnoxious perfectly curated instalife - video or sign up for their newsletter, go to 

    If it does provide material of a real value, I'll share that material and share the sign-up link again.

    * This post is from the MTC Executive Director. And as you might be able to tell from her somewhat snarky comments, the MTC was not paid/compenstated in any way to promote this.

    NYU Langone Medical Center & Hunter College Teen Anxiety Study - Participants Needed!

    The MTC is regularly contacted by academics who are doing research related to multiples and/or children/teens/parents.

    This week the MTC was contacted by the NYU Langone Medical Center and Hunter College about a  teen anxiety and worry study. Caitlin spoke with him about the study and reviewed the materials that they provided.

    They seek teens ages 12 - 14 to participate. Teens need not be multiples, or if they are, it is not required that both teens participate. Participants will receive compensation for their participation.

    (Note that they expect to do future studies in the area of Emotional Resilience, which will include similar studies with older teens.)

    Feel free to share this opportunity with other parents, even those who don't have multiples.


    The Teen Anxiety and Brain (TAB) is looking at how distinct patterns of attention in adolescents ages 12-14 might affect teen anxiety and worry. The study is comprised of two visits that are approximately 1 week apart. 

    The first visit is at Hunter College and will last approximately 4 hours long. The second visit is at New York University's Center for Brain Imaging around 2 hours. 

    During these visits, the parent and child complete several brief questionnaires relating to their emotions and thoughts. The child also performs computerized tasks. The child has their brain activity measured in the first visit via EEG and in the second visit via MRI.
    For participation, the parent receives $75 in total ($50 after the first visit, and $25 after the second visit) and the child receives $125 in total ($50 after the first visit, and $75 after the second visit). 

    The parent also receives a letter that summarizes the clinical interview with the child that takes place during the first visit. This is a way for a parent with concerns about their child to learn more. It is also opportunity to for the teenagers themselves to take part in a research process.
    They'll be doing this study throughout 2018 and 2019, primarily on weekdays. They understand that work and school schedules can sometimes make those times difficult so they try to allow for the scheduling of some appointments on the evenings and weekends. They want to make sure all have the opportunity to participate.

    David Yap
    Research Associate, The Emotion Regulation Lab
    Department of Psychology
    Hunter College, City University of New York
    695 Park Avenue, Room 636 Hunter North
    New York, NY 10065
    Phone: 212-650-3878
    Facsimile: 212-650-3931

    Midnight Escapes - Transitioning from Crib to Beds

    Right now a popular topic on our members' only community Discussion group is the challenge of transitioning children from cribs to beds. Timing for this transition varies according to children's development and personality, but the moment that children begin to attempt to climb out of the crib, for safety's sake, that is the time to make the transition.

    For some families, the dark, the quiet, the closed door and the habit of a settled bedtime routine is sufficient to prevent wandering toddlers, but for some, it most definitely is not enough! (This is where the work that you've done (and sacrifices that you've made) to have a settled bedtime routine can pay off...)

    One thing that, anecdotally, might play a role is if children are having unsettled sleep for other developmental reasons (teething, growing pains, other changes) when this transition is made. But whatever the reason, no one wants toddlers wandering around during the night.

    Some tips mentioned by our group members include:

    - Making sure that the room is very dark, as well as any room beyond the closed door.

    - If they do get up, be as boring and non-reactive as possible when you put them back to bed. Any stimulus is attention, so make yourself as uninteresting as possible when you put them back to bed. No conversation, no food, no stories, no songs...just a walk straight back to bed. This shouldn't feel anything at all like a second bedtime. Don't even ask if anything is wrong; they will certainly let you know if there is! (But of course you can sneakily feel for a fever as you lead them back to bed.)

    - For older wanderers, put a color-coded wake up clock by the bed - these clocks will usually have hours that are ok to wake up in, say, green, and 'stay in bed' hours in red or another color.

    - Also for older wanderers, some folks have had success with a sticker system; this can work especially well with multiples who enjoy friendly competition with each other. But most younger toddlers aren't developmentally ready for this.

    And finally, like many things related to children, this phase too will pass.

    No Surprise for Twin Parents: "Buying Time Promotes Happiness,'' Study Reports

    Coming as no surprise to many parents, especially parents of multiples, spending money on time-saving services appears to provide adults around the world with greater happiness and life satisfaction than spending money on material goods.

    According to a study recently reported in the NYT, the "time famine of modern life" experienced by people around the world is a primary cause of stress, insomnia, increased anxiety, failure to exercise regularly or eat healthy foods.

    So don't buy wine, chocolates or spa services when you feel stressed and pressed for time, the study recommends, buy services (childcare, housekeeping, yard work, etc) instead.* 

    * Ed. Note: Or just decide that some things just aren't worth doing, and don't feel guilty not doing them. There are times in one's life when lowering one's standards can actually be optimal. 

    NYT Well article reports increased head injuries in stroller tumbles

    While it isn't clear whether the increase in number of head injuries to babies as a result of stroller and carrier accidents - the increase might just be due to more reporting - it IS clear that stroller and carrier accidents are harming an average of 50 babies a day. The head and the face of the babies take the brunt of the impact, which can cause brain injury in addition to abrasions and bruising.

    According to the article, the primary causes for these accidents are adults overloading the strollers, including by dangling items off of handles, causing tip overs, and by not making sure that their children are securely buckled. 

    The good news is that strollers and carriers are generally MORE safe than they used to be! 

    While it is always good to stay on top of product recalls, WE actually can reduce these injuries by not overloading or dangling iems off stroller handles, and by reminding our children's caregivers about this danger. And don't forget to buckle -- and to regularly make sure that your little darlings have not unbuckled themselves!

    (For the full article, read the August 17th Well blog article in the Health section.)


    Downtown New Twin Moms Meet Up Happening Thursday August 11th

    Are you a new twin mom? Live in the Chelsea, Tribeca, the Village, or other nearby neighborhoods? The Downtown New Twin Moms group is having its first meet up Thursday August 11th. This group is mom-led and organized; if this is something that you'd be interested in, join us to find out the time and location. This event will be free of charge for members.

    We are also now planning a weekend day October Chelsea/Downtown area Mini-Montessori education program for parents AND kids from 6 to 18 months old. It will be led by a Montessori expert from There will be plenty of time for parents to socialize as well as to learn how to play with their children in support of their development. Stay tuned for the exact date & time!  This program will be for members only and will cost $5 per family. 

    So again, join us!

    Planning Ahead for Fall Routines - checklist for good sleep

    It is late July...but school supplies are on sale and it isn't too soon to start thinking ahead towards September. In fact advance planning now will prevent feeling squeezed later on. So, in addition to  deciding what you REALLY need to buy to be ready for the fall season, NOW is a great time to starting planning for good sleep - which, face it, is much more important than most other items on that back-to-school or back-to-work checklist.

    We now know how critical getting enough sleep is to health and development for both ourselves and our children. Maybe you got off your routine this summer? Or have a 'summer schedule' that won't work for fall? Or want to start one for the first time? Dr. Robert Rosenberg, DO, has some tips that you can easily implement as summer winds down so that you have a better fall.

    Enjoy the dog days of summer!

    MTC Programs and Events Fall 2016 & Beyond - Save These Dates!

    Another great year of MTC education and social programming is in the works!

    With generous support from Premier Sponsors Fertility IQ and Explore Discover Early Learning Centers, we encourage you to SAVE these DATES as we will have more education and social programs than ever before! If you aren't a member, now is a great time to join - our programs are open to members only!

    If there is a program topic that you'd like us to cover, or if you know of a fun, central location for a social program/event, do let us know!

    More details coming soon, but get ready - SAVE these dates now!

    Be sure that your BigTent profile has your best email so that you will receive event invitations and can RSVP as soon as possible. Many programs will fill within a few days of being announced. (Announcements are typically sent via member email blast about 6 - 7 weeks before the program date.)

    September 19 - Getting Into NYC Kindergarten with Alina Adams - free
    October  17 - Early Intervention: Why, When (tip: earlier is better), and How - free
    October/early November - Live the LUSH Life -  social - private party at LUSH UES - gift card included - fee - exact date TBD
    November 14 - Hiring Nannies & Household Help - options, tips, laws - presented by parents who are also experienced employers of professional and household staff - free
    Early December - Social Program - Tea at the Crosby Hotel - fee - exact date TBD
    February 13 - Q&A with a Pediatrician - the latest news and recommendations - free
    March 20 - social drinks/dinner - Rock Center Cafe - fee - exact date TBD
    April 24 - education program - free
    May 13 - Central Park Picnic - free

    Dates and topics are tentative and subject to change. RSVP required.

    As always, education programs are for members only, and free; social programs are also for members only, but typically require that participants pay a fee (for food, drink, goods, etc.) toward the event.

    Typically education programs are held on the third Monday of each month, from 6:30 - 8:30P but can vary to coordinate with holidays and special program opportunities. Social program dates/times vary.

    If you missed past programs, check the Member Files section for handouts, reference materials and links provided by the speakers. Last year's programs included:

    - Ages & Stages: Development infancy to 5 - what's 'typical''? 
    - Put Mr. Potato Head (tm) to Work: play to support child development
    - The Sleep Lady, practical solutions to supporting sleep for the whole family
    - Nutrition & Feeding: infant/child nutrition and feeding solutions and tips, addressing common challenges

    Thank You to our Premier Sponsors!

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    Explore Discover Early Learning Center

    ExploreDiscover is an Early Learning Center located in Manhattan (26th & 2nd) that provides highly professional, quality childcare guided by the Reggio Emilia & RIE approaches.  Infants & toddlers are nurtured, stimulated, and motivated through a child-centered curriculum that focuses on music, movement, and art.

    New Science: Analysis of studies showing 'the breast is best' - findings a relief to those who can't, or can't for as long as they might like

    Today (Nate Silver's data analysis website), in the Science and Health section, posted a short article called 'Breastfeeding: can everyone just calm down?' Love the title, by the way, as being calm is something that new moms sometimes aren't. (I sure wasn't always calm, though I tried!) 

    The article, link to be posted in The Poop on the public website, reviews the various surveys that have strongly shown that breastfeeding is superior to formula feeding. But a careful analysis of those surveys should bring a bit of relief for those folks who aren't able to breast feed at all or for very long, for whatever reason. (Assuming that is, that you have a SAFE non-Flint, non-third world style water supply... sigh.) 

    This analysis was prompted by a staff member's visit to her midwife's office where she saw a poster that seemed to equate breastfeeding with reducing the incidence of childhood obesity. The article is definitely worth a read, and yes, everyone can just calm down. Breastfeeding does appear to provide some important benefits, and yes, more studies would probably be good, but from what they can see, if you can't breast feed or can't do it for as long as you might wish, nothing terrible will happen. Which is a relief for those of us who face those situations!

    Building stronger immune systems for babies scheduled for c-section delivery

    On Feb 1, NPR reported on small study conducted at NYU and published in Nature magazine that reported success in giving babies delivered by c-section a microbiome similar to babies delivered vaginally. In recent years many scientists have come to suspect that the reason that babies delivered via c-section have more risk for immune system-related disorders (asthma, excema, Type 1 diabetes, etc) is because they don't get the same boost from their mother's microbiome. Many also think that the trend towards more c-sections in the last decades might be playing a role in the marked increase in immune systems disorders. 

    While many parents can avoid a c-section - if it is being done for the doctor's/patient's convenience, socio-cultural norms, etc - parents of multiples typically don't have a choice. The study showed very consistently that babies swabbed with a gauze saturated with the mother's vaginal microbes immediately after birth had a microbiome close to that of vaginally delivered babies. While scientists caution parents to not try this at home (!), one of the scientists interviewed did say that she had her OB-GYN do it for her baby. The scientist had to have a c-section! So if you might be scheduled for a c-section, have a chat with your doctor!

    Congratulations! It's a .... Podcast! Announcing Alina Adam's “Accepted: Secrets of NYC School Admissions Podcast”

    IT'S NEWBORN, it's free, and it is sure to be terrific! If you missed her September MTC presentation, or if you want more, listen to Alina's new podcast, available for free on her website, , or if you want more, listen to Alina's new podcast, available for free on her website

    Alina explains all of the options and givens answers to parents’ questions such as: How do I apply to a public school outside my zone or to a charter school? Where/when should I get my child test for Gifted & Talented programs? and How do I get financial aid for private school?

    Taking an entrepreneurial leap to improve the fertility process for everyone - FertilityIQ founders Jake and Deb Anderson-Bialis talk to us!

    MANY MEMBERS MET married couple (and Premier Club Sponsors) Jake and Deb of FertilityIQ when they joined us at the September 'Getting Into NYC Kindergarten' meeting. Jake and Deb are the founders of FertilityIQ, which they created so that experienced fertility patients can lend their wisdom and perspective to those beginning the process. But Jake and Deb didn't start their company just because it looked like a gap in the marketplace -- which it is -- but because they themselves had what felt to them like a 'seemingly endless and lonely siege' to address their collective fertility challenges.

    'We found it was just impossible to know which doctor would work for us,' says Deb, who in three years visited multiple doctors, in multiple states. According to the couple, who are in their early 30s, the online resources to research fertility doctors are woeful, and what may work for friends or co-workers does not necessarily work for others. In the couples eyes, 'friends want to help but they likely have their own fertility histories, medical preferences, schedules, budgets, and temperaments. Choosing a fertility doctor is a very individual thing and there is a ton of nuance to getting this right. And a lot of consequence as well.' According to the couple, over half of fertility patients interview only one doctor and ultimately become dissatisfied with their choice. Since fertility treatments cost the equivalent of two years household savings (CDC, US Census), and deliver an emotional burden on par with suffering from cancer (Harvard), mistakes here can be incredibly painful, both emotionally and financially.

    So Deb and Jake left their tech industry jobs (RISE product manager and Sequoia Capital partner, respectively), set up an office in their dining room, working on a whiteboard propped up on their credenza, and created FertilityIQ, a site where fertility patients can anonymously, but thoroughly, review their doctor and clinic. Say Deb, 'With each review, we come to understand who the reviewer is as a person and what their specific experience was with that doctor, that nurse, that billing department and that clinic. Gathering reviews is job number one; for the moment, and is going better than expected to date.' 'The volume and quality of reviews has been spectacular,' according to Jake, 'because like us, people who have gone through this nightmare want to make it easier for whomever goes next.' In that respect, they are very much aligned with the MTC member ethos!

    The couple is waiting to amass a few hundred reviews in each city so that FertilityIQ is robust, comprehensive, balanced and trustworthy. Thereafter, hopeful parents will be able to visit the site and, says Deb, know what it is like to be patient of every single fertility doctor and clinic in the city and be able to sort reviews based on diagnosis (e.g. PCOS, endometriosis), treatment type (e.g. IUI, IVF, 3rd party reproduction), age and other criteria . According to Deb, 'we have built the infrastructure and sunk our own time and money into making this spectacular, now all we need are for fertility patients to keep contributing their invaluable reviews.'

    If you have been through the fertility process, and want to make it a little less scary for others, join others and contribute your review at It really will make a difference!

    Ages & Stages: What's typical? - highlights from our October program

    SITTING IN A CIRCLE around Renee Bock, Chief Academic Officer of ExploreDiscover Early Learning Center members heard Renee she shared her journey to becoming an early childhood expert, revealing that she was once a self-described 'Early Intervention'-denying Mom. (One her three sons did very much need EI, something that she, like quite a few parents, first resisted.) 

    After speaking generally about early childhood development, she gave us handouts that detailed a few different assessment methods and associated check lists and observation tools (posted in the Files section of our BigTent community members' only website) to aid parents in thinking in a more structured way about child development. She spoke at length about the RIE method, popular in the LA area, and, with some modifications, being used by ExploreDiscover. The benefit of using methods and tools to structure one's thinking about development, she pointed out, is that then a parents can carefully and systematically observe their children to determine if they think there might be a concern. Then she moved on to discuss the three most important things that she felt parents should keep in mind.

    - Try to avoid measuring one twin against the other, as they may be working on different areas and at different paces; personality also plays a role here. 

    - If you feel in your gut - not based on what've you read, what others say, etc - that something is 'off,' get an assessment. Not because you want the 'perfect child,' but because often early intervention means that there is a much greater likelihood of the child being able to 'catch up' in the weak area, and no longer need the intervention. 

    - Don't rely on pediatricians: Given the limited interactions that they have with your children, and the time pressure that they are under, unless there is something glaringly wrong, pediatricians often have a 'don't worry' attitude. Renee encouraged parents to go with their gut, and to pay attention to other people who spend significant amounts of time with their children, such as caregivers or family members. Use developmental charts if needed to help ask questions or discuss the issue with others who know your children well.

    The 'aha-ha' moment of her talk was when she gave us a new, helpful way to view about child development and special needs: in fact, ALL children have special needs!

    Each child has his/her very own individual development path, which will be strewn with obstacles personal to that child, given his or her specific motor,cognitive and social skills, as well as temperament. Each child's needs at any given moment will be particular to him/her; some will need more targeted, special help at times to be successful in achieving their development tasks. She also noted that parents can help their children develop resilient and flexible temperaments, and noted that temperament plays an important role in how children approach and respond to the challenges of development. She noted that our goal as parents should be to provide children with what they need at that moment to help them develop to their potential.

    Then we got right into the meat of the evening: Renee fielded parents' specific questions and lead the group to share their experiences. Given that our group was primarily parents of infants/very young children, questions and discussion focused on those stages, with talk about feeding, motor skills, and more. We didn't stop until 8:30P, when Renee also gave us a short classroom tour of ExploreDiscover, highlighting some of the toys used (many for the very young were homemade from common household objects) to support development.

    Putting Mr. Potato Head (tm) to Work: play strategies for development (ages 0-5)

    SO YOU WANT TO SUPPORT your childrens' development (yet avoid frustrating them) - then come to this workshop! Dana Rosenbloom, M.S. Ed. D., will talk about appropriate play materials and how to use them to support your child's interests and expand understanding. Learn strategies for using popular toys and materials to help enrich your child’s development.  By recognizing the signs that your child is becoming frustrated, you'll be able to tailor play experiences to support their growth. Plenty of time for Q &A will be included. (And just in time for the holiday gift giving season - this workshop can help you choose and provide guidance to family members seeking gift tips.) Light refreshments.

    Dana has a Master’s degree in Infant and Parent Development and Early Intervention and has been working with children and families for over 10 years. Learn more about Dana and Dana’s Kids, and subscribe for her FREE newsletter here

    This event is for members' only; join us now!

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    Explore Discover Early Learning Center

    What Will Your Child Explore Discover Today? 

    ExploreDiscover is an Early Learning Center located in Manhattan (26th & 2nd) that provides highly professional, quality childcare guided by the Reggio Emilia & RIE approaches. Infants & toddlers are nurtured, stimulated, and motivated through a child-centered curriculum that focuses on music, movement, and art.

    Watching Them Grow - article, plus handout and links from Oct 19 guest speaker and educator Renee Bock

    Tonight's (Oct 19) MTC meeting features early childhood educator Renee Bock.

    A little knowledge of the developmental processes and key accomplishments at each stage can reduce stress -- and help you confidently address those pointed questions from your in-laws! 

    In addition to speaking to our group, she is also generously giving us a custom handout, an article (print and e-versions), plus links for more information. They will be posted on our BigTent members' only Community portal. 

    Join us to get access to these and other materials!

    Renee Bock is a dedicated early childhood educator, who is currently the Chief Academic Officer at Explore+Discover, a social learning center in Manhattan that is committed to setting the standard for infant and toddler care and education. Renee has over a decade of experience and a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College. She has three sons, and can be reached at

    Ages & Stages: Infancy to 5 - what's typical? Education program on Oct 19th

    Simple guidelines presented by Renee Bock, Chief Academic Officer of Explore+Discover Early Learning Center to help parents understand 'what's typical' with regard to language, small and large motor skills, play, and more. Plus, Renee will share common myths and reveal which ones are NOT helpful. This topic is often a special concern for parents of twins who will often see differences as their children develop. A little knowledge of the developmental processes and key accomplishments at each stage can reduce stress -- and help you confidently address those pointed questions from your in-laws! Ample time to answer YOUR specific questions!

    Renee Bock is a dedicated early childhood educator, who is currently the Chief Academic Officer at Explore+Discover, a social learning center in Manhattan that is committed to setting the standard for infant and toddler care and education. Renee has over a decade of experience and a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College. She has three sons, and can be reached at

    For members only. If you are a parent of multiples, join us now!

    Education events made possible in part by our premier sponsors:

    FertilityIQ: With your help, FertilityIQ is building the first comprehensive and trustworthy database of fertility doctor reviews. Please share your candid and anonymous insights to help hopeful parents find the best fertility doctor for them. Learn more at

    ExploreDiscover is an Early Learning Center located in Manhattan (26th & 2nd) providing highly professional, quality childcare guided by the Reggio Emilia & RIE approaches.  Infants & toddlers are nurtured, stimulated, and motivated by a child-centered curriculum that focuses on music, movement, and art. Learn more at

    Multiples due soon? A special October class offer from Twiniversity

    The Club is pleased to present a 'Buy One, Get One free' offer from Twiniversity for our members who are expecting multiples or who have children under 6 months old.

    The first three members who register and pay for the NYC October 5th Twiniversity 101, Part 1 class, will get the second class, Part 2, (on October 12th in NYC) for FREE. The class includes dinner and takes place between 6:30 - 8:30P. Each class normally costs $160 per family (up to two attendees per family).

    Twiniversity 101, Part 1, covers everything you need to know BEFORE your bundles of joy are born; Part 2 helps you adjust to life with twins once they have arrived!

    Learn more about both courses and the materials and goody bag provided (over $100 value), at Twiniversity.

    If you'd like to take advantage of this special offer, email and note that you have offer code MTC5BOGO. Please indicate that you would like to attend the October 12th part 2 session.

    Twiniversity founder Natalie Diaz is a long time Club member and volunteer, and a NYC mom of boy/girl twins. We appreciate her support of the Club and its members.