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Dramatic reduction in triplet and higher order births in England and Wales.
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PMID:  15270936     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The proportion of multiple births has increased markedly since 1980 in England and Wales. A major contribution to this trend is thought to be the widespread introduction of assisted reproductive technologies. Despite a continuing (but slower) upward trend in twin maternities, analysis of recent data shows that the rate of triplet and higher order births in England and Wales has declined by one-quarter since 1998. This probably reflects both voluntary and statutory regulation of treatment regimes. This downward trend will help alleviate the high burden of perinatal morbidity and mortality associated with multiple births.
Rebecca Simmons; Pat Doyle; Noreen Maconochie
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  BJOG : an international journal of obstetrics and gynaecology     Volume:  111     ISSN:  1470-0328     ISO Abbreviation:  BJOG     Publication Date:  2004 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-07-23     Completed Date:  2004-08-31     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100935741     Medline TA:  BJOG     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  856-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK.
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MeSH Terms
England / epidemiology
Fertilization in Vitro
Infant Mortality / trends
Infant, Newborn
Pregnancy, Multiple / statistics & numerical data*
Triplets / statistics & numerical data
Wales / epidemiology

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