14/01/2014 14:12 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Pregnant With Twins Or Triplets: The NHS Must Offer Better Care, Says Report

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The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has said the NHS must improve its care for women who are expecting twins and triplets.

In a report out today, Nice say improvements must be made to reduce the significant medical risks involved for mums of multiples and their babies.

The report is the first guidance Nice has issued to health professionals specifically for the management of multiple births.

It says that improvements and new procedures are needed in order to give women who conceive twins or triplets better and more consistent care, and to reduce the number of unnecessary Caesarean deliveries. It also sets out guidelines to minimise the number of twins and triplets who require specialist care after delivery.

Around 11,000 women give birth to twins, triplets or other multiples a year in England and Wales, accounting for 3VIRTUAL-Gallery-124775%