Help choose the cover for my new book!

I have a few wonderful designs for the cover of my new book (Dutch only, for now, but watch this space!) “Twinspiratie voor tweelingouders” (Twinspiration for twins parents). I’d like to ask you to help me decide which of the covers to choose. So please, select the one you prefer and click on the button below to confirm.

 

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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 thought that twins who gestate with separate placentas are fraternal. In fact, 25 to 30 percent of identical twins have separate placentas and amniotic sacs.

Max and Porter, identical or fraternal?

In a new British study, researchers interviewed 1,302 parents of same-sex twins who had been told by health care professionals whether their children were fraternal or identical. Based on parental questionnaires and DNA analysis where available, the researchers classified 651 of the pairs as identical and 621 as fraternal. For 30 pairs, there was not enough information to decide.

They found that 191 couples — 14.7 percent — were misinformed about their babies, with 179 parents of identical twins mistakenly told that their twins were fraternal and 12 parents of fraternal twins told they were identical.

 

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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

Bradley and Yairo were born June 29, 2010

Further research could help us answer the question how genetics and the environment play a role in the variation in incidence of twin births across developing countries.

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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 moms sharing the same house. How special is that!

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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 to separate conjoined twins may range from relatively simple to extremely complex. Most cases of separation are extremely risky and life-threatening. In many cases, the surgery results in the death of one or both of the twins, particularly if they are joined at the head.

Recently the 11-months old Sudan Twin girls Ritag and Rital, were successfully separated at a British hospital. Ritag and Rital were so calles craniopagus twins, meaning they were born joined at the head:

http://www.montrealgazette.com/health/Conjoined+Sudanese+twins+doing+well+after+separation+Medics/5424219/story.html

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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? And also, how can you give your twin children individual attention, when they’re continuously keeping their eyes on each other? In this video a talk about a simple solution.

 

Please feel free to contact me for personal advice suzanne@twinsvideoblog.com

 

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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 an advantage when making new friends. Last week, I came across such a situation at home, and it reminded me of the advantages of being twins.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me suzanne@twinsvideoblog.com

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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 larger role than thought.

Earlier studies have found 90% of autism is due to inherited genetic factors, but the new study of nearly 200 sets of Californian twins suggests environmental factors may explain 55% of the risk, instead of just 10%.

 

Fraternal twins generally share about 50% of their genes

Australian experts said if confirmed by further research, the findings would “radically alter people’s understanding” of how autism should be addressed, and might for the first time allow for prevention strategies.

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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 can you do to survive that first year? How can you reduce stress and prevent exhaustion?

  • Be wel prepared. Try to find all sorts of information during your pregnancy (about early birth, breastfeeding, how to take care of 2 babies…)
  • Make sure you are ‘ready’ on time. There is a big chance that your babies will be born premature
  • Ask for support. Maybe you have relatives or friends that are willing to help you out during the first weeks
  • See if you can work less are even stop working for a while. This will definitly reduce the stress
  • Try to get your babies in the same schedule in an early stage. You can start working on this when your babies are about 3 months old
  • Try to take a nap when your babies are asleep during the day. You will need this when you’re having one broken night after another
  • Don’t stress about your householding. Your house is never clean enough!
  • Try not to worry about your social life. Your real friends will understand your situation and give you all the time you need to get used to your life with twins

Pregnancy Julien and Lisen

Try to accept that the first years with your twins will demand a change of lifestyle. But luckily that’s only temporary. Don’t forget that your twins will grow older. Before you even know it, they will be old enough to spend most of their time with their friends!

 

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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 fertilized to form one zygote (hence, “monozygotic”) which then divides into two separate embryo’s.

There are an estimated 11 million sets of identical twins and triplets in the world today.

Idential twins Amber and Jasmijn, born June 28, 2010

 

 

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