Ruby: I am doing capsules. I have rented them ($120 each for 6 months) as I am single and needed to be able to carry both babies at once at various times eg at a really basic level getting them to and from the house to the car - I didn't want to have to leave one in the car while I transferred one to the house. It is much easier to take 2 capsules into a doctors office for eg than getting the pram out, swapping the babies into the pram then discovering that you can't get the pram through the doorway ! I can carry 2 capsules no problem but wouldn't be doing it for long distances and more often than not someone/Receptionist/Doctor offers to help ! I will swap to car seats when my 2 are too big which will be more than the usual 6 months as they are now 11.5w and have only just hit 4kgs, so I actually think they will be in them until closer to 9 months at this rate.
Julie - PPL etc - I did it all online. When you leave hospital they gove you a pack and it has forms in it with instructions for Centrelink, registering the births and getting the twins onto your Medicare Card - so you can do it all online. Make sure you have a Centrelink Ref No and then setup your MyGov Id and link Centrelink and Medicare then you are off. With PPL, you are entitled to PPL (assuming you meet the requirements re work etc) for the oldest twin then the 'baby bonus' for the younger twin. You just work through the online application and upload the hospital forms and Centrelink will do the assessment and let you know what you are entitled to etc. If you lodge the PPL app within 28 days of the birth they will backdate it to their birth otherwise it starts when they assess it. This is only an issue if you are going back to work fairly quickly eg I am having a year off and also have some paid work maternity leave which started as soon as I left work so have said I only want my PPL to start from 1/7 to get it into the next financial year when I will have a lower income than t his year. I made sure I had enough weeks after 1/7 to receive the entire 18w PPL. (Hope that makes sense.)
You can lodge the PPL application BEFORE the birth and then upload the Hospital documents after, if you prefer. Depends I think on how organised you think you will be afterwards. I did the application etc (which took a couple of hours as you need to include income details for 2 years) while my 2 were still in hospital and I had a few hours between feeds.
MusicalGirl - there, that was my trick - have them before the weight and stretchmarks started ! In reality, I had high BP from 16w so was being closely monitored and I was very conscious of controlling the weight gain to minimise the risks with of the High BP. I ended up in and out of hospital for the last few weeks and delivered dead-on 35w because my DS had stopped growing and my PE had escalated. I was hoping to hang out to 38w but it was too risky for all of us. After delivery I heard of a young girl in the hospital who had PE and had ended up in ICU after the delivery - so take all rest you can for these last few days/weeks, it will be over so soon !