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The birth of a baby is a major life-changing event. When more than one baby is expected and there is a multiple birth the needs of babies, mothers and partners may be complex and considerable. Using data from national surveys the report provides an overview of the care mothers of multiples receive during pregnancy, labour and birth and in the early months that follow. The main focus was on the experience and views of 401 women having a multiple pregnancy and giving birth to twins or triplets and comparisons are made with the experience of women having a single baby.
The analysis for the study was funded by the Multiple Births Foundation (MBF) http://www.multiplebirths.org.uk
and the Twins and Multiple Births Association (TAMBA) http://www.tamba.org.uk
Contact at NPEU:
A 2010 survey was carried out earlier this year by NPEU between. More than 5000 women who had recently given birth responded to a questionnaire about their experience of care during pregnancy, labour and birth and the early months at home.
The survey was funded by the Department of Health.
Publication of Report
The results of the survey on women's pregnancy, labour and birth and postnatal care and their views of that care can be downloaded here:
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