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Experts warn over desire to have twins

WOMEN who try for twins through artificial measures should think twice, medical experts warned yesterday.

Interventions such as in vitro fertilization or hyperstimulation of the ovaries will result in a high incidence of premature birth, low birth weight and other syndromes, a forum in the city heard.

The natural incidence of twins is one in every 80 to 90 pregnancies, but doctors at local maternal hospitals said they were seeing more women carrying twins as the result of medical intervention.

Dr Duan Tao, president of Shanghai No. 1 Maternity and Child Health Hospital and director of Shanghai Prenatal Diagnosis Center, said: "Double children don't only mean double happiness but also double trouble. Mortality of twins is also double that of one child and their chances of suffering prematurity, low birth weight and cerebral palsy are also much higher."


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