In 1980, 1 in every 53 babies in the U.S. was a twin. In 2009, it was 1 in every 30. That’s a 76 percent jump, and it means there are 865,000 more twins than if the rate had remained constant. Twins, and their mothers, are more likely to have complications at birth–not to mention the challenges of raising two children at once if you were expecting only one.
Joyce A. Martin, an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, was lead author on a report issued this year on twinning. Sheilah speaks with her and with Marna Schacknies, mother of 7-year old fraternal twins, as well as a 3-year-old son, and president of the Columbia Area Mothers of Multiples (CAMOM). [audio http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wypr/local-wypr-1007924.mp3]