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NHS 'must improve postnatal care for multiple birth families'

Research by the Twins and Multiple Births Association (Tamba) has revealed that around one in five mothers (22%) who gave birth to more than one child felt abandoned in postnatal wards.

Nearly one in 10 mothers (9.1%) also complained about logistical problems because one or more of their babies was in a different hospital from themselves or from each other.

However, the figure was almost four percentage points lower than in Tamba’s 2008 survey, where 13% of mothers were faced with being separated from their children.

The latest survey also showed that more than one in five parents (21.3%) expecting a multiple birth said they were unprepared for the higher chance of their babies being born prematurely.

A third of parents said they received poor or very poor feeding advice, while 25% of mothers said they had not been given any feeding advice at all.

Many parents were also unhappy about inflexible ward opening hours, which made it difficult for fathers to support their partners.

Tamba concluded that maternity postnatal care for women having twins, triplets or more must be significantly improved.



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