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THE CHANCES OF HAVING TWINS




The odds of having twins in the general population are 1 in 70 to 1 in 90. Of course the incidence will increase if the mother is taking fertility drugs. With in vitro fertilization, the chances of having twins increases to 1 in 25.

Thirty percent of twins are identical. This type of twin comes at the same frequency in all ages, and races of mothers.

In contrast, fraternal twins are more common among black mothers and less common among Asian families.

Fraternal twinning is influenced by heredity through the mother, since she would have to release two eggs in one cycle. And, the chances of releasing two eggs goes up with age and with the more children a mother already has.





TWINS & MULTIPLE BIRTH LINKS

Twins Magazine. - The magazine for parents with multiples

Annapolis Mother of Multiples - The Annapolis Mother of Multiples (MOMs) Club is a fellowship of mothers sharing the incredible journey of parenting twins, triplets, or quadruplets. Our purpose is to provide support to parents in the unique issues of raising multiples.

Asheville Area Mothers of Multiples - A nonprofit organization which serves greater Asheville including the surrounding areas. Member club of National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs, INC.

Australian Multiple Birth Association, Inc. (AMBA) - Founded in 1974, is a self-help, voluntary organization concerned with the well-being of multiple-birth children and their families.

Bellybra - The ultimate feminine maternity support garment for pregnant women.

The Center for Study of Multiple Birth (CSMB) - A public charity that was organized in 1977. This organization stimulates and fosters medical and social research in the area of multiple births.

Double Love Mothers of Twins Clubs (Elgin, IL) - The Fox Valley Mothers of Twins Club, a support group for mothers of twins and higher order multiples.

Illinois Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs, Inc. - The Illinois Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs, Inc. (IOMOTC), a non-profit group which provides support services, education, and information to Illinois families of twins and higher order multiples through its member club affiliates.

The International Society for Twin Studies - Is an international, multi-disciplinary organization, established with the purpose of furthering research and social action in all fields related to twin studies, for the mutual benefit of twins and their families. Membership is open to all persons interested in the activities of the society.

International Twins Association, Inc. - Is a non-profit organization promoting the spiritual, intellectual and social welfare of twins throughout the world. ITA has been meeting every Labor Day weekend since 1934.

Loudoun Fairfax Mothers of Multiples Club - LFMOMC is a non-profit support and social group for parents of multiples (twins, triplets, or more) in the Northern Virginia area.

Mom2Many.com - Mom2many.com is a resource for parents of multiples across Canada.

Monoamniotic Monochorionic Support Site - This site has been created and supported entirely by volunteers, parents, and expecting parents that have been diagnosed with a monoamniotic pregnancy. They have a great deal to offer in the way of information, experience, and hope to those who have just been diagnosed, to those who have already delivered but looking for others to relate to, and to those who have lost due to this very rare and high-risk type of pregnancy. E-mail: momo@monoamniotic.org

Mothers of Supertwins (M.O.S.T.) - Is a non-profit organization that serves the needs of families expecting multiples or those already the parent of triplets, quadruplets or quintuplets.

Mother's Milk Mate - Mother's Milk Mate is the safe and convenient answer to packaging and storing breast milk. "Mother's Milk Mate" is designed for freezing or refrigerating breast milk, providing a safe alternative to current methods of packaging and storing milk for your baby.

Multiple Births Foundation - Provides professional support to families with twins and higher-order births by educating professionals through study days and newsletters, and by serving as a resource center.

Murraylands Lutheran SISS (Stillborn Infant Support Service) - Loss in a Multiple Pregnancy: Information and Support

The National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs, Inc. (NOMOTC) - The National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs, Inc. (NOMOTC) was founded in 1960 for the purpose of promoting the special aspects of child development which relate specifically to multiple birth children. NOMOTC is a network of some 475 local clubs representing over 21,000 individual parents of multiples -- twins, triplets and quadruplets. Their goal is to improve public awareness of the needs of multiple birth children by fostering development of local support groups, enhancing the quality of educational materials available to parents, educators and others and by cooperating with and participating in research projects which involve twins and/or their families. NOMOTC is a non-profit corporation funded by dues, donations and grants.

Nebraska State Twin Association - The purpose of this organization, organized by Twins and for Twins in 1986, is to promote the spiritual, social and intellectual welfare of twins and multiple births throughout the state of Nebraska.

North Carolina Mothers of Multiples - Their Objective is to unite Mothers of Twins/Multiples Clubs in North Carolina; to share procedures, ideas, and educational information; encourage membership in the National Organization for Mothers of Twins, Inc.; to assist in forming new clubs; to co-operate with medical and educational researchers; to be non-profit, non-sectarian, and non-commercial.

PRO-DNA Diagnostic - At PRO-DNA Diagnostic they have always been passionate about twins and twin zygosity testing. "The reason is very simple, I am a twin and I know first hand the emotional implications of having a brother that has exactly the same genetic code as yourself. As you know not all twins are identical. Often fraternal twins look alike and they may have been brought up as identical twins even if they are not. The reverse is also true. Only DNA analysis allows us to definitely confirm if twins are identical since they will have the same genetic profile. It is therefore possible to determine with certainty whether twins are identical or fraternal.

Multiple Births Canada/Naissances multiples Canada - Multiple Births Canada (formerly Parents of Multiple Births Association (POMBA) Canada) was orginally formed in 1978. Federally incorporated in June of 1983 as POMBA Canada and subsequently restructured and federally incorporated as Multiple Births Canada in 2001, we remain, to this day, the only national support organization for multiple birth families and individuals in Canada.

Welcome to Parents of Twins/Multiples - Having two or more babies at one time presents special challenges to parents. Pregnancy questions, daily care, along with social and psychological issues are different than singleton births. Many parents of multiples find the support of other parents invaluable.

Sidelines - Is a non-profit organization providing education, referral information, support and advocacy services for women experiencing complicated pregnancies.

T is for Twins - Follow this delightful rhyme through T is for Twins and watch how the author captures the essence of the twin relationship by pairing each letter of the alphabet with an adorable photograph of a set of twins.

The Triplet Connection - Is a support service for expectant and new parents of larger multiples which provides pre-term birth prevention information as well as networking opportunities.

The Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome Foundation - TTTS is a disease of the placenta affecting identical twin babies during pregnancy. Over 6000 twins are affected each year. Over 4000 die. The Foundation is dedicated to providing educational, financial, and emotional support for families, medical professionals and other caregivers before, during and after a diagnosis of TTTS. We are dedicated to saving the babies, improving their future health and care, and keeping twins together the way they were meant to be.

Twin Stories - In my book, I tried to capture this unique and mysterious bond, and to tell the world that twins are special. Along the way, I realized that the stories, as told by twins themselves, provided me with a roadmap to help my boys grow and thrive. I wanted to share that too.

Twinless Twins in Europe

Twinless Twins Support Group Int'l - Was founded for one single purpose: To serve in support of twins (all multiple births) who suffer from the loss of companionship of their twin. It is a membership of twins of all ages whose co-twins are deceased or terminally ill. New members are continually adding breadth and depth to the group's skills in coping with the pain of separation in a bond which seemingly cannot be broken, even by death.

The Twins Foundation - Is a non-profit, membership organization that includes a national twin registry and a quarterly newsletter for members.

Two Peas in a Pod - Jonathan and Rachel Pielak wrote a book by that title, and have put together a little page as a resource for parents of twins.

Unlimited Additions - Is a new website which offers matching and coordinating clothing for multiples.





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