Being a new parent can be daunting at the best of times.
But when first-time dads Shannon Sanderson and Peter Trigg received an unexpected email telling them they were having not one baby, but three, they knew they would have to enlist some help.
The couple welcomed their surrogate babies, Chloe, Maddison and Dior, into their lives on November 6 2014, after three failed IVF attempts.
While Mr Trigg has returned to work to support the family financially, Mr Sanderson has taken on the role of stay-at-home dad.
The girls, however, need feeding every hour – leaving Mr Sanderson unable to find the time to sleep or eat.
Luckily, the couple have found a troupe of willing volunteers who are happy to assist with the complex rota of feeding and changing.
Almost 20 helpers from all walks of life, including retired people, young professionals, nurses, and doulas stepped in to assist the couple at a training session last weekend at Kinglake Neighbourhood House, hosted by the Multiple Birth Volunteer Support Foundation.
Mr Trigg said the couple already felt at ease and had been overwhelmed by the support of their newly formed network.
Speaking to the Australian Herald Sun, he said: ‘We’re kind of thinking, "We’ve got the help now, are we able to go and get a meal ready, or lie down?" It’s taken a bit of getting used to.
‘We’re just looking for a good rest, that’s what we can’t wait for.’
If you live in the area and wish to find out more information about how you can volunteer to help the family, contact [email protected]