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Saving lives, supporting families

 Pregnancy, Birth, and Postnatal Care

Over the past five years, we followed a strategy of undertaking, commissioning and encouraging research so we can better understand our families’ experiences with twins, triplets or more. Many of the problems they encounter can be found in our recent reports. This has enabled us to campaign to seek improvements in the care they receive. 

During this time, we have seen the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence produce ground breaking clinical guidance on: multiple pregnancy; Intrauterine laser ablation of placental vessels for the treatment of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, and Neonatal quality standards. Furthermore, the NHS have produced a neonatal toolkit and the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology have produced guidance on the  treatment of monochorionic twin pregnancies. These should help to address many of the problems we identified.

Challenges ahead - #2Expectmore

Now clinicians and commissioners know what they are supposed to do to help families with twins, triplets or more. But we are still faced with the challenge of making sure it is implemented. We do this by monitoring what is happening on the ground each year with the largest survey of families of its kind and then using the results to press for improvements.

We are currently running the #2Expectmore campaign to encourage maternity units around the country to implement the NICE multiple pregnancy guidelines. Tamba's 2014 Maternity Services Survey Report found that 80% of UK units have not implemented the guidelines in full. You can support this campaign by contacting your MP now.

Prior to parliament's dissolution, Tamba wrote to the then Secretary of State for Health, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, calling for an urgent meeting to address the problem. The letter was co-signed by the British Maternal & Fetal Medicine Society, the Royal College of Midwives, the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the charities SANDs, Bliss, the Multiple Birth Foundation, Action against Medical Accidents, Action Cerebral Palsy and the NCT.

Read the letter to the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt here.

Find out more about the campaign to see all UK units implement the NICE multiple birth guidelines. 

Take action to support this campaign

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We would like to express our thanks to Mike Birtwistle at Incisive Health for his expert campaign suggestions on our #2expectmore campaign.


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