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Postcode lottery for multiple births care

27 November 2015
Premature twins

A report has been published today, by the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) and the Twins and Multiple Births Association (TAMBA), showing that the quality of NHS care for women giving birth to multiple varies in different parts of the country.

A survey of 1,400 parents showed which area’s provided the best care.

Caroline Davey, Chief Executive of Bliss, the premature and sick baby charity, said: “It is unacceptable that the quality of care babies receive varies in different parts of the country. This is particularly concerning for babies that are born premature and sick and require the highest level of care.

“With the risk of preterm birth in twin and multiple pregnancies being far higher, it is vitally important that units are able to provide consistent, high quality care so that vulnerable babies have the best chance of survival.”

The report recommends that hospitals should rapidly implement NICE guidance, in order to drive improvement for babies and their families.

Bliss also recently published its Bliss baby report 2015: hanging in the balance, which called for more investment into neonatal care and further training and recruitment, among other things.

To find out more about the report, you can visit the Tamba website here.

If you would like to read the Bliss baby report, click here.

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