The Times and Guardian reported on 14 January 2021 that a new study undertaken by experts at Oxford University has found that twins are twice as likely as single-pregnancy babies to be stillborn and 3.5 times more likely to die as neonates. 

The study looked at 50 twin pregnancies in 2017 where one or both of the babies died. It found that most of the deaths examined could have been avoidable with better care. Most parents and their babies did not receive “high quality care” and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance for twin pregnancies was not followed in the majority of cases. Twin pregnancy is inherently more risky than a singleton pregnancy, however the NICE guidance seeks to try and mitigate these risks as far as possible. 

The most recent MBRRACE (Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries) Inquiry found that 40% of women expecting twins were not cared for by an expert multidisciplinary team with specialist knowledge of multiple pregnancy and birth. The inquiry concluded that much more can be done to improve the care and outcomes for twins and their families. 

The Times reports that in 2019 there were 9656 multiple births. The number of stillbirths of multiple maternities rose to 150 from 131 in 2018. The stark reality is that these alarming figures, break down into many bereaved families each year for whom the loss of their children will have a devastating impact now and for the rest of their lives. 

If you need to access independent advice about your care, the twins trust supports families with twins, triplets and more: www.twinstrust.org

For more information about the original news story, please click the following link: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/jan/14/twin-pregnancy-deaths-study-highlights-fears-over-nhs-maternity-carehttps://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/jan/14/twin-pregnancy-deaths-study-highlights-fears-over-nhs-maternity-care

No amount of financial compensation will ever replace the loss of your child, but seeking information about what happened in relation to your baby’s death, can ensure that lessons are learnt for the future. If you are interested in discussing your treatment, please contact us. 

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If you have concerns about the treatment which you or a loved one has received, please contact a member of our national clinical negligence team for a free, confidential discussion:-

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