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TORNERO GOMEZ, M.J.; SANCHEZ ROMERA, J.F.; COLODRO CONDE, L.  and  ORDONANA MARTIN, J.R.. Evolution of multiple deliveries in the region of Murcia from 1996 to 2008: psychosocial implications. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2011, vol.10, n.21. ISSN 1695-6141.

Multiple delivery carries a series of psychosocial implications which concern both the parents and the social and health care systems. The possibility of complications increases in multiple pregnancies, as well as the needs for attention and care for both, the babies and the parents. Therefore, information about the evolution of this kind of pregnancies is very important to identify people's health needs. Objectives: The main objective of this research is to show the evolution of multiple deliveries in Spain, and in the Murcia Region between 1996 and 2008. Additional objectives are to examine those data according to mother's age at maternity, and to analyze possible consequences of such evolution. Method: Information has been obtained from the National Institute of Statistics and the Murcia Regional Centre of Statistics databases. Results: Multiple births rate has changed form 13.1‰ in 1996 to 18.4‰ in 2008 in Murcia (12.7‰ to 19.4‰ in Spain). The biggest increase has taken place in mothers older than 30 years old. Conclusion: This situation presents important implications for the families and for the health system as a whole. Families need to reach an adaptation and health workers might collaborate giving adequate information and orientation.

Keywords : Multiple Pregnancy; Multiple Delivery; Twins; Twin Rates.

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