The Multiple Births Foundation was founded in 1988 and has become a national and international authority on multiple births.
We are the only charity internationally which employs healthcare professionals dedicated to supporting multiple birth families and educating and advising professionals about their special needs.
It is an independent charity and relies solely for its income on grants, donations and fundraising activities.
New book published for parents expecting twins
The MBF's Director, Jane Denton and Professor Mark Kilby have recently published a book for expectant parents of twins called 'One Born Every Minute: Expecting Twins.'
Written by 2 of the leading experts on multiple births it is the most comprehensive, accessible, illustrated guide to pregnancy, birth and the first year of the babies' life. It combines personal stories form parents of twins with medical advice from consultants giving expectant parents all the information they need.
MBF WELCOMES NEW NATIONAL STANDARD FOR MULTIPLE PREGNANCY CARE
New national standards on multiple pregnancy from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) could transform the care of women expecting twins and triplets, says Jane Denton, Director of the Multiple Births Foundation.
The key messages of the new publication are:
- the need for a multidisciplinary core team with specialist expertise in multiple pregnancies
- clarity about management and monitoring of the pregnancy
- guidance on when referral to a fetal medicine specialist is required and
- specific antenatal education to prepare the women and their partners to care for two or three babies.
Now published as the NICE Multiple Pregnancy Quality Standard, it will, in conjunction with the previously published NICE Guideline on Multiple Pregnancy, give providers and commissioners of maternity services clear, evidence-based guidance on how to care for women with a multiple pregnancy. The Quality Standard sets out how to implement the changes and measure the outcomes.
Welcoming the publication of this important document, Jane Denton said: "The NICE Multiple Pregnancy Quality Standard in conjunction with the NICE Guideline on Multiple Pregnancy has the potential to transform the care of women expecting twins and triplets. The MBF will be working with the professional groups to meet the challenge of ensuring the guidance is fully implemented."
NICE Quality Standard
NICE Quality Standard Press Release:
NICE Guideline on Multiple Pregnancy
SURVEY ON MULTIPLE BIRTH CARE
A survey by our sister charity, Tamba (Twins and Multiple Births Association) shows that improvements to antenatal care are urgently needed.
The recently published survey of more than 1,500 mothers who gave birth to twins or triplets found that:
- almost one in three mothers of twins and triplets did not have access to an obstetrician specially trained in caring for multiple pregnancies;
- nearly three out of four did not get to see a midwife with specialist training in multiple pregnancy and
- half did not see a specialist sonographer.
Through the work of the Multiple Births Foundation, together with other professional bodies and organisations, there has been great progress at a national level in raising awareness of the needs of multiple births families. However, this report highlights the continuing work which needs to be done to improve the care for these families - work to which the MBF is committed through our professional education programme.
The MBF's FOUNDER, DR ELIZABETH (LIBBY) BRYAN, FRCP, FRCPCH,
born May 13 1942; died February 21 2008
The founder of the Multiple Births Foundation, Elizabeth Mary Bryan, Consultant Paediatrician, was widely acknowledged as one of the world's greatest experts on twins and higher multiple births, their problems and their development. She was the author of several books, a number of which were about multiples, another on infertility and the final one about the cancer gene that ultimately killed her. Until very nearly the end of her life, she was also a lecturer of international renown. A biography of her life can be found here.
In 2011 just over 12,500 sets of twins were born in the UK compared with 7,573 in 1985.
However most people have little idea just how demanding multiple birth babies can be. The reality is that often parents' ability to cope is dramatically reduced by the problems that accompany having twins, triplets or more. As a result, the need for the correct care and support has never been greater and it is our aim to provide advice, information and support to multiple birth families and professionals working in the field.
- Mothers may need extra pre-natal
care and monitoring.
- Babies are often born earlier,
or smaller than singleton babies, and are therefore more vulnerable.
- Coping with two or more
newborn babies can seem an overwhelming task, and parents may
need support with caring for the babies.
- Multiples may experience
language delay, behavioural disorders, excessive rivalry or dependency.
The Multiple Births Foundation is a charity
and relies for its income on grants, donations and fundraising activities.