Multiple births rise as women seek fertility treatment abroad

by Rebecca Smith ,  The Telegraph | 2010-12-01

The number of older women having multiple births has continued to increase as couples seek fertility treatment abroad where clinics are largely unregulated, it has emerged.

The multiple birth rate across all age groups has increased steadily over the last ten years but the biggest jump has been among women aged 45 and over, data has shown.

Figures from the Office of National Statistics revealed that in 2009, 156 women gave births to twins or triplets compared to just 29 a decade earlier.

It means the multiple birth rate in women over 45 has increased by 123 per cent in ten years.

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