When I was growing up we had one set of twins in our grade. They were a brother and a sister – obviously fraternal and not identical. But we still thought they were so cool being twins! I was always fascinated with twin secret languages and often read books about twins.
Last week I ran across a story about how more unmarried, older, educated women are having babies. Here’s the story in full with all the details on that.
But the fact that I found most shocking from this entire story was buried deep at the bottom:
Since the 1980s, there has been a 70 percent increase in the twin birth rate!!!!!!!!!!
“Multiple births associated with the trend toward older motherhood were up sharply, including a 70 percent increase in the twin birth rate from 1980 to 2004.”
” ‘Not only are women in their 30s more likely than younger women to conceive multiples on their own, they also are more likely to undergo fertility treatments, which are linked to births of multiples,’ the researchers said.”
I didn’t need a story to tell me that the twin rate had increased. (Although I didn’t realize it was that much.) I pretty much assume almost anytime someone tells me they’re having twins that there was some type of intervention involved.
But my questions is with 70 percent more twins walking around, are they still special? Is it still unique to be a twin? Does it still carry the same cache as it did when I was in elementary school (in the ’80s)?
How does having twins in such a twin-heavy environment affect the mother of the twins? (More support? More mothers with advice on how to get through those first few crazy months/years?)
How does it affect the child being a twin — more twins at school?