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Multiple births and outcome.

Authors
  • Warner, B B
  • Kiely, J L
  • Donovan, E F
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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