Twin & triplets mums 'let down'

New research reveals that more than one in five mothers who give birth to twins or triplets say they felt uninformed and abandoned in postnatal wards.

Fewer women separated from their babies

A new survey by Tamba (Twins and Multiple Births Association) shows that nine per cent of women who had multiple births had one or more of their babies in different hospitals from each other or themselves. This is a slight improvement on 2008 which saw 13 per cent separated from their babies.

Siblings are sometimes separated because of a shortage of neonatal facilities, but this can create logistical problems for new parents. One respondent said she had to make a five-hour round-trip to see her newborn daughters because they were at a different hospital to her.

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Mothers of twins and triplets feel 'abandoned'

Around a fifth of mothers who have multiple births feel they did not get the support they need
Around a fifth of mothers who have multiple births feel they did not get the support they need Credit: ITV News

A survey by Tamba, the Twins and Multiple Births Association, has found that 22 per cent of mothers who have multiple births felt "abandoned" and struggled to look after more than one baby in postnatal wards.

More than 21 per cent also said they were not sufficiently prepared for the likelihood that one or more of their babies would be premature. This compares with around half who ended up giving birth prematurely.