Research Article

Spontaneous premature birth in twin pregnancy.

Br Med J 1977; 2 doi: (Published 02 July 1977) Cite this as: Br Med J 1977;2:16
  1. A R Weekes,
  2. D N Menzies,
  3. C R West


    Factors associated with spontaneous premature birth were investigated in 459 consecutive twin deliveries at this hospital. Low maternal age, low parity, and zygosity were significantly related to the incidence of this complication. The number of previous abortions, sex combinations and related birth order, and mode of presentation of the first twin were not related to the incidence of spontaneous premature delivery. We conclude that apart from low maternal age and low parity there are no obvious factors that would permit early identification of twin pregnancies at risk from spontaneous premature birth.