Edmond mother of twins elected to national Multiples board

Gwen Shogren is the mother of twins and active in Multiples of America.
BY STEVE GUST Published: September 25, 2013
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Shogren said a mother of a twin might not have a friend or immediate family member with multiples. With the organization, there are thousands.

The outreach doesn't stop with child rearing. There are programs for members who have experienced the loss of a child or spouse. The single-parent program is for those who are widowed, divorced or never married.

The group comes to the aid of parents with multiples who have disabilities or parents who have a disability affecting child-rearing ability. There also is what's known as higher-order multiples, for those with triplets, quads or more.

“They can face serious challenges,” Shogren said. “At least with twins you have one arm for each.”

Now it its 53rd year, the organization establishes a lifetime of relationships.

“Some of the moms at the national convention have children older than me,” said Shogren, 50.

She was elected to her one-year term at the recent convention in Phoenix. She'll be eligible to be elected to a second term at next year's convention.

The meetings are more than briefings from educators or health professionals. They're also for socializing.

“It's fun,” she said. “I've developed a lot of friendships.”

To learn more

Any mother, with multiples or expecting them, can contact the Multiples of America organization through its national website: www.nomotc.org.