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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