Twin pregnancy costing report
The MBF has jointly commissioned a report into the cost to the NHS of twin pregnancy with the Human Fertility and Embryology Authority (HFEA), The British Fertility Society (BFS) and Fertility Network UK. A joint statement on the publication of report by the National Guideline Alliance can be read here read here, the full report can be found in the PDF here and coverage of it can also be seen in the Health Service Journal.
Elizabeth Bryan Multiple Births Centre (EBMBC)
The Multiple Births Foundation Birmingham City University has joined forces with Birmingham City University to launch an innovative new centre aimed at improving the support available to families of twins, triplets and more.
The Elizabeth Bryan Multiple Births Centre (EBMBC) will carry out research into all aspects of multiple births, will provide training courses for healthcare and allied professionals, and work with practice based partners in the West Midlands to develop health and social care services in order to meet the needs of these families.
Over the past 30 years the number of multiple births has increased significantly. In 2015 11,073 mothers in England and Wales had a multiple birth, equating to 16 out of every 1,000 women, compared to 10 out of every 1,000 in 1985. However despite this increase, there is still limited research on the impact a multiple birth may have on a family.
The new Centre has been named in recognition of the pioneering work of Dr Elizabeth Bryan, founder of the Multiple Births Foundation (MBF) and former President of the International Society for Twins Studies.
Based at the University's City South campus in Edgbaston, it will be jointly led by Jane Denton CBE, Director of the Multiple Births Foundation and Dr Merryl Harvey, Reader in Nursing at Birmingham City University.