If you have multiple children at once — twins or triplets, generally, though rarer cases involve even more children — there could be a higher risk that the children are injured or do not survive. Experts note that risks of adverse outcomes are statistically higher than they are for children born on their own.
For instance, data from 2015 showed that over 50 percent of twins were born with a low birth weight or born before coming to full term, both of which can increase the risk. For triplets, the amount who were preterm or under the optimal birth weight soared to 90 percent — or 9 out of every 10.
So, if you know the risks, what are the odds that it will happen to you? The stats do change every year, of course, but the rate of birth for twins was 33.5 for every 1,000 births in 2015. That meant a total of 133,155 children were delivered in twin births.
That was a drop compared to 2014, when the birth rate was 33.9 for every 1,000 births. However, 2014 was also the all-time high, so the odds that the numbers would drop were considerable.
Twins have been becoming more common, though. Between 1980 and 2011, the rate increased by an incredible 76 percent. Between 1980 and 2004, the increase was about 3 percent every year, on average. Between 1995 and 1998, it was over 4 percent, which was the peak.
Just because your twins have greater inherent risks does not mean doctors aren’t held to high standards. They need to recognize these risks, avoid mistakes, and take proper steps to protect your children during birth. If they do not, you may be able to seek compensation.
Source: Multiples of America, “Multiple Births Statistics,” accessed March 08, 2017