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Who might have multiples?

Posted on March 11, 2016. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

While nothing is certain, there are several situations where a woman might conceive multiples spontaneously.

~if Mom is over 30, and the chances are even higher if Mom is over 35 years old.

~if Mom has already had other children.

~if Mom has already had multiples.

~the closer they are to you in your family tree, the better the chance that you might conceive multiples.

~if Mom already has a set of multiples, the chances of having them again is upped by about another 50%.

~dizygotic (fraternal) twins run through the woman’s side of the family.  There is always enough sperm and what happens is that Mom has released at least two eggs in her cycle for fertilization.  We do not yet know why monozygotic (identicals) occur.  Even though Mom has released two eggs for dizygotics, one, or both of those embryos could split to become monozygotic within the dizygotic set for triplets or more.  Confused?  No wonder!

And, of course, if one is using infertility assistance, there is a chance of having at least twins.

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Book On Mother Multiples: Complexities and Possibilities

Posted on March 5, 2016. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

There is a new book available entitled On Mothering Multiples: Complexities and Possibilities edited by Kathy Mantas. It is an edited collection of stories sharing the challenging side of raising multiples. It also explores the joys, fears, complexities and possibilities of working through this amazing parenting experience. Lynda Haddon and Bonnie Schultz wrote the Foreword.

Many volunteers from Multiple Births Canada ( were involved in the project: Lynda Haddon, Bonnie Schultz Kim Weatherall (all three Past Presidents of Multiple Births Canada, as was Cathy Deschenes, Jennifer Kelland and Rose Ricciardelli

The book is available at

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