In 2013 you very generously helped us raise money to fund research, carried out by St George’s Hospital in London, to develop the world’s first twin pregnancy growth charts.
Currently twin babies are being measured during pregnancy using singleton growth charts and clinicians must use their judgement to decide how the pregnancy is progressing.
The twin pregnancy growth charts will make it easier to identify twins who have genuine growth restriction and who are therefore at risk of stillbirth, and may need intervention to keep them safe. They will also prevent the false diagnosis (thinking that the babies are growth restricted but they are not) therefore potentially avoiding unnecessary intervention in the form of premature delivery.
The results of the research were published of data in the Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology journal in August 2014. The twin pregnancy growth charts will be rolled out to all hospitals in the UK and beyond in 2015.
The video (link below) takes you to a video of me describing the project in more detail.