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Multiple births and outcome.

Authors
  • Warner, B B1
  • Kiely, J L
  • Donovan, E F
  • 1 Division of Pulmonary Biology and TriHealth Nurseries, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Clinics in Perinatology
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2000
Volume
27
Issue
2
Identifiers
PMID: 10863654
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The rate of multiple-gestation pregnancies has grown exponentially over the last few decades and is responsible for the steady increase in the birth rate of low-birth weight infants. As a group, infants of multiple-gestation pregnancies have higher mortality and morbidity than singleton pregnancies. The increase in adverse outcomes is related directly to the increased risk for preterm delivery and low-birth weight, and not to the multiple gestation itself. Outcomes for multiple-gestation infants appear to be similar whether conceived spontaneously or through artificial reproductive technology. Efforts to reduce the birth rate of low-birth weight infants should target multiple-gestation pregnancies.

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