One in five parents of twins and triplets is unprepared for the possibility of premature birth or their infants requiring specialist care, a survey has revealed.
And 54% of these had one or more child who needed care in a neonatal unit, found the research for the Twins and Multiple Births Association (Tamba).
It said 21% were not warned their children may need medical help in the first days and weeks of life - often because of bad practice by health professionals.
The report was issued to mark publication of the guide Multiple Births - A Parents’ Guide to Neonatal Care by Tamba and the charity Bliss.
Tamba chief executive Keith Reed said prior warning of the need for specialist care was “a simple thing that can make an enormous difference”.