Twin babies are dying at an alarming rate and many of the deaths could have been avoided if doctors had followed guidance, a national inquiry has found.
An investigation into stillbirths and neonatal deaths shows that twins are twice as likely as single-pregnancy babies to be stillborn, and 3.5 times more likely to die as newborns.
Clinical experts at the University of Oxford reviewed 50 twin pregnancies and 80 baby deaths from 2017. They found that most deaths of twins might have been preventable with better care. The majority of NHS trusts failed to follow National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) guidance on twin pregnancies and “high quality” care was recorded in less than one case in five. The report noted that although