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Why is the Rise in Twins Concerning?!

I love twins. I think they’re awesome. If you’re a twin, that means I think you’re awesome. (Especially if you’re identical!!!!!)

A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has reported that the number of twins born in the U.S. has pretty much soared over the last three decades. A lot of that has to do with the increased popularity of fertility drugs and treatments, and the reality that women are waiting to have kids til their 30s.

Did you know that moms- to -be in their 30s are more likely to have twins than younger or older women?! (Fact! Why though? Well that hasn’t been sorted out…)

Other stats in the report:

“In 2009, 1 in every 30 babies born in the U.S. was a twin, an astounding increase over the 1 in 53 rate in 1980.

In 2009, twin rates increased in all 50 states, though the jumps were highest in lower New England, New Jersey and Hawaii. In Connecticut, twins now account for nearly 5 percent of births.

Nationally, 3.3 percent of all births were twins in 2009, up from 2 percent in 1980.

Over the last three decades, rates rose for white, black and Hispanic women, but the increases were not uniform. Rates doubled for whites, rose by half for blacks and by about a third for Hispanics. Historically, black moms have twins most often, but white moms have almost caught up.”

So why would anyone think the spike in twins isn’t awesome? Well because the sharpest increase has been among the over 40 age group, who are more likely to be in I’ll-never-have-a-baby freak out mode, and will ask two embryos be implanted at once. And while the majority of twin newborns do fair well, twins are more likely to be  born earlier and smaller. Additionally, twins and their mommies are more likely to require hospitalization.

(I still say yay for twins.)


About maggie.

Maggie Barnes is a nonprofit and for profit business content specialist / social media consultant; and social sciences web writer interested in everything from psychology and sexuality, to technology, race, and economics. She is passionate about good communication and information accessibility.


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