For new mums, finding out that they are pregnant can create a mix of emotions.

But as their first scan can bring joy and anxiety these feelings can be doubly intense - if they discover they are expecting twins.

Luckily a support group based in Paddock is there to offer parents a helping hand through this wonderful but often difficult time.

Jubilee Twins & More has gone from strength to strength since it was formed less than two years ago.

It is unique to the area and families travel from Barnsley, Flockton, Brighouse and Dewsbury, as well as from within Huddersfield itself to attend.

The group’s recent Christmas party was enjoyed by 17 sets of twins, as well as a set of triplets and some of their siblings.

And members are keen to welcome more mums-to-be as well as new mums into the fold.

The informal group, which meets at the Jubilee Centre fortnightly on Friday mornings, was started due to a lack of similar groups in the area.

There was previously a playgroup in the Denby Dale area but when this closed there was no support out there for families and carers of twins, triplets and more.

Geraldine Wike, mum to two-year-old twin boys Callum and Ethan, soon became involved with running the group.

Geraldine Wike with 2 year old Callum and Ethan
Geraldine Wike with 2 year old Callum and Ethan

She said: “When I found out I was pregnant with twins I didn’t know what to expect, it was such a shock.

“I felt joy but also how are we going to cope with two and handle them both?

“There was a lot of worry and anxiety and you can Google it as much as you like but nothing prepares you for the real thing.

“It would have been nice to have someone to talk to who had been through the same experience, to reassure me that it’ll be OK.”

What Geraldine was lacking in terms of support while she was pregnant, she found after her little ones were born.

She said: “I found out about the group by bumping into a fellow twin mum at the Jubilee Centre’s Melody Makers session one day.

“From our very first session I felt welcome and have made some lovely friends.

“We all support each other and it’s nice to talk to people going through the same situations as myself.”

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Jubilee Twins & More offers participants the chance to play, chat and relax.

It is the only local group for multiples and is registered with TAMBA, the a is the UK’s leading charity that offers support to people expecting twins or triplets.

Geraldine said: “With other playgroups I think you feel a bit more self-conscious about having twins and handling them both at the same time.

“And people will say “oh, identical twins” but there’s no need for that with this group!

“We are all in the same boat and we help each other out - it’s a really good support network.

“It’s also held somewhere that caters for us as it a big room and you can fit in double prams without worrying whether they will fit through the door frame!”

Over the last 20 months Geraldine, of Oakes, and her boys have looked forward to going to the sessions.

As well as parents and their little ones the group is attended by grandparents, siblings and even a nanny who brings with her the twin girls she looks after.

It also has members who first came when they were pregnant for support and a chat.

Geraldine said: “I wish I had been informed by midwives of this group when I was expecting. It would have been nice to chat to mums of multiples before the birth of my boys.

“We are hoping to make more pregnant ladies of multiples aware that there is a group to support them.”

As well as having a Facebook page for members, the group has displayed information at the Cedarwood Unit at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary to let mums-to-be know it is available.

In addition to its fortnightly meetings, the group is looking to hold several more social events throughout the year.

To celebrate Christmas they gathered for a party, where the little ones enjoyed presents and a visit from Santa.

Geraldine said: “I do find it quite difficult remembering all their names as there is twice as many! You do get used to the differences between them but we do have a register and read out all their names which helps.

“I think this group is beneficial for the twins because when they at another nursery or playgroup they will notice that they are the only set.

“Because they have that bond it is nice for them to see other pairs of twins together and know they are not as isolated.

“It is also good for the siblings to know they are not the only ones with two babies in the family that came along at the same time.

“And for the mums it’s great to have a place to come to and chill out for two hours.

“One mum said to me recently: ‘It’s saved my sanity!’.”

The group’s next meeting will be on January 15 between 10 and noon.

For more information visit their Facebook page .


  • Twins are born in the same pregnancy
  • They can be identical, from one zygote, or cell, or fraternal from two different eggs
  • About 1 in 90 births is a twin
  • Most twins are delivered within 15 minutes of each other
  • Famous twins include James and Oliver Phelps, who play Fred and George Weasley in the Harry Potter films, Ashton and Michael Kutcher, and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen