Number of twins leveling off in Minn.

6:35 PM, Feb 28, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - With the announcement of Joe Mauer's twins due in August, some people are wondering if more people are having twins these days?

"Actually in Minnesota numbers are leveling off," says Dr. Donald Wothe at the new Mother Baby Center in Minneapolis. "In 2009 we saw 2,600 multiples per year and closer to 2,300 in 2012."

Between 1980 and 2009, sets of twins and multiples increased dramatically and steadily nationwide. Doctors believe the increase was due to infertility drugs and women waiting until later in life to start having children.

Dr. Wothe says infertility treatment is advancing.

"We have some of the best care in Minnesota. Over the entire country we're seeing a leveling off."

On average, two percent of all pregnancies result in multiples.

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