Tamba (Twins and Multiple Births Association) surveyed 1,300 mothers, and found that only 36% had been given specific advice on how to cope with twins or triplets. The sessions include information about how to be healthy during pregnancy and avoid complications, and are usually organised by hospitals.
Tamba believe that giving parents this information means problems such as post-natal depression and premature birth.
Multiple Births Foundation director Jane Denton said: “They need specific support to help them cope with the practicalities of having two or more new babies. They need support to establish breast feeding,” she said.
“Equally important is looking at strategies so the parents do not become completely exhausted through caring.”