Twins 101: 50 Must-Have Tips for Pregnancy through Early Childhood from Doctor M.O.M
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"A must-read for expectant or multitasking mothers of multiples by an academic pediatrician and mother of twins, Twins 101 provides practical tips and wise words in a readable style that fits into the fast pace of these mothers’ lives."
Theodore Sectish, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; program director, Children’s Hospital Boston

Dr. Le-Bucklin's new parenting book is the first by a pediatrician who is also a mother of twins. No other pregnancy and parenting book for multiples offers this unique and much-needed perspective.

Twins 101 features practical advice and well-researched information in an easy-to-read format. From maintaining a healthy twin pregnancy to meeting the daily challenge of caring for twins, Twin 101 guides families through each stage with insightful tips, practical advice, useful resources, and inspirational stories.


Khanh-Van Le-Bucklin, M.D., M.O.M., is an academic pediatrician at the University of California, Irvine. She received her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, and completed her pediatric residency at Stanford University. She earned her Mother of Multiples (M.O.M.) degree in 2006 with the birth of her twin daughters, Faith and Hope.


Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 Pregnancy 13

2 Delivery 65

3 The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit 79

4 Sensible Shopping 95

5 Staying Organized 111

6 Feeding and Dressing Twins 119

7 Sleep (or Lack Thereof ) 133

8 Crucial Survival Tips 143

Resources 173

About the Author 183

Index 185


“Dr. Le-Bucklin gives mothers of multiples (MOMs) a unique and authoritative perspective on multiple births. As an academic pediatrician and MOM, she not only knows, but she also understands first hand! ...This is a well organized, easy to read, ready-reference for all.” –National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs (NOMOTC)

"[Le-Bucklin] draws on her experience as an M.D. and a M.O.M. (mother of multiples) in this collection of fifty tips aimed at educating and encouraging parents of multiples. The advice covers the basics of pregnancy, birth and the early months of raising twins. This book particularly shines in its upbeat, positive presentation…Twins 101 is a welcome addition to any library of books about twins and multiples." — (November 2008)

"When I found out I was having twins, I searched for books that would be able to give me research AND experiential based information, and there was nothing out there until Twins 101. This book is exactly what I was looking for — clear, informative ideas and tips that are based on the latest research and practice. As a professional in the field of child development and psychology for over 15 years, I plan on using it frequently with the parents of multiples I meet in my practice as well as personally with my twin girls."
Eileen Andrade Kitching, MS, CCLS, child life director, University of California, Irvine; mother of twins

"Dr. Le-Bucklin’s unique and humane perspective makes her the perfect author of this much needed resource. Twins 101 is filled with practical advice and insights which will be welcome reading for all parents expecting or raising twins." — Henry Lee, MD, neonatologist, Stanford University

"This book contains high-yield, easy-to-read tips making it convenient for busy, on-the-go parents of multiples. Dr. Le-Bucklin demystifies the NICU and familiarizes readers with medical jargon that can be overwhelming to new parents. Nobody could have been better qualified to write this book than Dr. Le-Bucklin as a pediatrician and an amazing M.O.M."
Henry J. Legere III, MD, pediatrician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston; author, Raising Healthy Eaters: 100 Tips for Parents

"This is a fantastic reference for any parent who has twins or multiples. This book provides exceptional insight for parents of twins that can relieve stress and anxiety in a fast-paced life."
Eric D. Schultz, D.O., M.P.H., pediatrician, Duke University Medical Center