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Identical and Fraternal Twins Often Confused by Doctors

Very often parents are told by doctors that their twins are identical when they are in fact fraternal, and vice versa.  A 2004 survey among members of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists found that 81 percent of doctors … Continue reading

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Twinning across the Developing World

Recent twin study of Jeroen Smits (Radboud Universiteit, Netherlands) and  Christiaan Monden (University of Oxford) provides the first comprehensive overview of national twinning rates across the developing world on the basis of reliable survey data: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0025239 Further research could help us answer … Continue reading

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Identical twins gave birth on the same day!

Identical twins Jennifer and Jessica Patterson now have another birthday in common: They delivered babies on the same day at the same hospital: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2052582/Indiana-identical-twins-birth-day-hospital.html It seems that Jennifer and Jessica still have a very special twin bond, both being single … Continue reading

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Conjoined Twins

Conjoined Twins (also known as Siamese Twins) are identical twins whose bodies are joined in utero. This rare phenomenon occurs in every 50,00 to 100,000 births. Depending on the point of attachment and the internal parts that are shared, surgery … Continue reading

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How to give attention to your twins individually: Little Helper!

For us twin parents it can be difficult to devide our attention to our children equally. Some children simply demand more attention then others. So what can you do to make sure that you pay enough attention to each child? … Continue reading

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Benefit of Being Twins: Making New Friends

Being twins can sometimes be an obstacle to making new friends. Most twins have a close relationship and this can make it difficult for other children to join in. But for the children themselves, their mutual support can give them … Continue reading

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Fraternal Twins Study: Autism risk turns to womb

Most of the risk of autism has been blamed by experts on inherited genes. Now one of the largest studies of twins and autism shifts the focus to the womb, suggesting that the mother’s age and health may play a … Continue reading

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8 things that can be very Helpfull when you’re having Twins!

Getting twins will definitely put your life upside down. I experienced the first year with my twins as being very stressfull and exhausting compared to the first year with my son who was born after we got twins. So what … Continue reading

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Twin doubles: Couple’s joy over million-to-one daughters

Monozygotic twinning occurs in birthing at a rate of about three in every 1000 deliveries worldwide. Though scientists believe that monozygotic twinning is inheritabe, here’s a lucky family who hit the jackpot twice! http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/woman/health/health/3687614/Couple-beat-odds-of-a-million-to-one-by-having-TWO-sets-of-identical-twin-girl.html Identical or monozygotic (MZ) twins occur when a single egg is … Continue reading

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Declaration of Rights and Statement of Needs of Twins and Higher Order Multiples

  The mission of the International Council of Multiple Birth Organizations (ICOMBO) of the International Society for Twin Studies is to promote awareness of the unique needs of multiple-birth infants, children, and adults. The ICOMBO has developed the Declaration of … Continue reading

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