Our mission at Ochsner's Multifetal Pregnancy Center is to provide comprehensive perinatal care to patients with twins, triplets, and higher order multiple gestations to obtain the best maternal and neonatal outcomes. Excellence in the care of multiple gestations is accomplished by our team of New Orleans' largest group of Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists, nutritionists, exercise physiologists, lactation consultants, and Neonatolgists.
The number of twin, triplet, and higher-order pregnancies has increased significantly in the last 30 years. In the United States, since 1980, twin births have risen 65 percent and triplet and high-order multiple births have quadrupled. This increase in multiple gestations is related to women's desire to delay child bearing till later in life and the availability of assisted reproductive techniques.
Although multiple gestations account for only 3% of all births in the United States, infants of multiple gestations comprise almost 25% of very-low-birth-weight infants (<1500gms). Severe handicap can occur in 34 out of 1000 twins and 58 out of 1000 triplet survivors. Recent National Vital Statistics data from the United States indicate that twins and triplets are approximately 5 and 12 times more likely to die by their first birthday than singletons. Extensive research of multiple gestations has shown improved fetal outcomes such as decreased preterm delivery, increased newborn weight, and decreased time in the neonatal intensive care unit when Maternal-Fetal Medicine doctors are involved in the care of the pregnancy.