Interviews

An interview with Dr. George Michalidis

Dr George Michailidis of Genesis clinic in Dubai is known to many multiples families. He managed the pregnancy and delivery of 40 sets of twins and two sets of triplets in 2017 and 2018 looks like it will be a similar number. He is one of the UAE’s top Obstetricians and specialists in fetal medicine and high risk births – so it’s no surprise that my first two interview appointments were cancelled as he had emergency deliveries! Dr George...

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Different Nursery and Pre-School Philosophies – Montessori

By Siog Moore , Registered Nurse, Early Years Development expert and co-owner and Manager of Little Land Nursery in Dubai. How Montessori promotes the individuality of twins and multiples Do you wonder if you should keep your twins together in nursery class or separate them? Do you worry that they will be expected to be able to do the same things as each other in school? Do you worry that the adults caring for them won’t understand that they are different...

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Playing and Development – the Professional Recommends!

I’m Kamal - a twin mum, Senior Occupational Therapist, Vision Therapist and Behavior Therapist and I’ve been working in Dubai for the past 11 years with atypical children and those with particular needs. I grew up in Australia and worked both in China and Australia before moving to Dubai, providing Occupational Therapy services in homes, schools, clinics and nurseries. As parents we always want to learn how we can boost the development of our children and increase their strength so...

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Premature Multiples – A Perspective from Psychologist Dr. Fiona Desira

Fiona Desira of Child Early Intervention Medical Centre From the very beginning of your journey, being the parent of twins is amazing and challenging in equal measure, especially if your twins were premature. You’ve recovered from the (wonderful) shock of being told you are carrying twins, you’ve got through pregnancy, dealt with the trauma of your babies being born pre-term, and you’ve survived the anxiety of the NICU. You are home. Babies are home. And so life begins in earnest. Being a...

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Interview – Amy Vogelaar of Love Parenting UAE

Amy Vogelaar co-founded Love Parenting UAE in 2013 with Jasmine Collins. This year, Amy won the Time Out Dubai annual prize for Pre and Post-Natal Care. “It was a complete surprise!” she tells me at an interview she kindly agreed to give for TwinsPlus Arabia. It’s only the fourth year this category has been included, and in other years it has gone to non-profit support groups. “I certainly didn’t expect to be winners – just being nominated is a huge...

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Interviews With The Experts – Alexandra Sullivan of Little Angels, Love Through Loss

Alexandra Sullivan - Alex - has just been awarded the 2018 Time Out Kids Dubai award for Outstanding Contribution. She took some time to talk to me about her incredible journey. Alex is one of those people who managed to take a shattering event - the in-utero death of her twin boys at 26 weeks in 2011 - and turn it into something wonderful that helps heal the hearts of hundreds of mothers. That is her UAE support group Little...

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Twins, Triplets & More in the UAE: Part 4

Gulf News talks to four mums, with twins and triplets, about their first reactions, daily life, and experiences: - Annamarie Mikaelian, 38, South African, four children “Our house will always be a mess, but it will always be full of love.” That’s how Annamarie Mikaelian, 38, mother of four, including triplets, described the joy of having triplets. The Dubai resident said while twins run in her family, she and her husband were shocked but happy to find out they were having triplets....

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