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Massachusetts: Higher Twin Rates

| February 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

If you’ve been keeping up on the news lately, you’d know that the rate of twinning has dramatically increased over the last 30 years (and it’s something we’ve commented on a few times here at Twin Life Magazine). But did you know that our beloved state of Massachusetts is one of five states where the rate of twinning has increased over 100 percent?

In a Worcester Telegram & Gazette article, author Donna Boynton brings to light a few parent experiences after they found out they would be having twins. Her piece discusses a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that tracked the rate of twin births from 1980 until 2009. The study found that one in every 30 babies born in the US was a twin by 2009, up from one in 53 babies in 1980.

An interesting point made by Donna:

The increase in twin births in Massachusetts may be related to the state mandate that health insurance companies cover infertility treatments.

The article continues:

Furthermore, in addition to greater access to fertility treatments, there are several factors for the increase in twin births. A woman is biologically more likely to conceive twins when she is in her 30s, according to the CDC. The rate of “spontaneous twinning” — the likelihood of two eggs being released at the same time — increases with age.

Here is a chart of maternal age as it relates to twin birth rates, courtesy of the Telegram.



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