Twins and triplets five times more likely to die within first year

Twins and triplets five times more likely to die within first year | Society | The Guardian.

To most of us in neonatology, this news item, published in the Guardian, based on data from the UK national database,  is no real surprise. (I write this as an uncle of twins who are great, thanks very much, but they are well out of the first year of life).

A target of 24% multiple deliveries after IVF in the UK, as mentioned in this news item is PATHETIC.

The Canadian IVF centres, outside of Quebec,  have an equally pathetic goal of 26%.

It is not difficult to attain 5% or less, it just requires some political will, we have achieved under 5% twins in Quebec (after IVF) within the first year of a provincial IVF program. The Swedes have less than 5% for many years, even the Aussies, (yes even the Aussies) with a less draconian approach, are down to just over 8%. We need a global approach, with an acceptable limit of multiple gestation of maybe 4% after IVF, and zero triplets.

This is achievable! Babies will benefit. Only the vested financial interests will suffer.

About Keith Barrington

I am a neonatologist and clinical researcher at Sainte Justine University Health Center in Montréal
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