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Deliver twins at 37 weeks to give them the best chance

Twins should be delivered at 37 weeks to minimise stillbirths and newborn deaths, say experts who analysed more than 35,000 twin pregnancies.
Twins should be delivered at 37 weeks to minimise stillbirths and newborn deaths

Twins should be delivered at 37 weeks to minimise stillbirths and newborn deaths, say experts who analysed more than 35,000 twin pregnancies.

Current recommendations on delivery timing vary from 34 to 37 weeks in monochorionic twin pregnancies (twins that share the same placenta) and from 37 to 39 weeks for dichorionic twins (individual placentas).

To examine the evidence behind these recommendations, a team of international researchers analysed the results of 32 studies published in the last decade, of women with uncomplicated twin pregnancies that reported rates of stillbirth and neonatal mortality at various gestational ages after 34 weeks.

They found that in dichorionic pregnancies, the risk of death was balanced until 37 weeks’ gestation, but delay in delivery by a week beyond that led to

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