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Australia: Support needed for multiple-birth families to improve outcomes

05 July 2019

The first-ever international collaborative report to compare the experiences of multiple-birth babies and their families to single-birth families has highlighted serious disadvantages for families with multiple-birth babies.

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Led by Twins Research Australia, based at the University of Melbourne, the report identifies common challenges such as greater risk of pregnancy complications and premature birth, infant development delays and special needs, as well as financial, psychological and social support obstacles.

University of Melbourne director of Twins Research Australia John Hopper said: ‘These findings demonstrate where our knowledge is lacking – such as the challenges of staggered discharge for the families of multiple-birth babies.’

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