More Than One – The Joys and The Pain!

In the UK approximately 98.5% of all multiple births are twins and about 33.3% of them are “identical” with the remaining being “non-identical”. Multiple births used to be a rare sight until 1980 when twin births rose by 62%. They have risen even further since 1990. However since 1998 there has been a decline of 21% in the rate of higher-order multiple births. Statistics now show that each year over 9,000 sets of twins are born in the UK.