Births of multiples tied to higher costs and health risks

11/11/2013 | U.S. News & World Report

Giving birth to triplets or more multiples was 20 times more expensive than single births, amounting to an average of more than $400,000, according to an analysis published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Women who gave birth to twins or more had a greater likelihood of having co-existing conditions, longer stays in the hospital for delivery and increased mortality rates compared with those with singletons. Infant-related costs accounted for 70% and 85% of all medical expenses for twin and triplet or more pregnancies, respectively.

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