Proportion of multiple births more than doubled since 1977

Delivery room, about dts
Delivery room, about dts
The proportion of multiple births among newborns has more than doubled compared to 1977.

Of the 781.000 newborns born in this country in 2019, around 29.000 were multiple children, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) announced on Tuesday morning. Thus the proportion of multiple children in all newborns was 3,7 percent.

The majority (98 percent) of multiple births are twins: 14.088 pairs of twins were born in 2019, there were triplets 265 times and quadruplets or other multiple births five times. While in 1977 there was the lowest proportion of multiple children ?? 1,8 percent or every 56th newborn ?? their share has been increasing since the 1980s. The increased number of multiple births can on the one hand be attributed to modern reproductive medicine, which helps many couples with an unfulfilled desire to have children, according to Destatis. As part of artificial insemination, expectant mothers can be implanted with several embryos. The first time a child conceived by means of artificial insemination was born in Germany in 1982. In that year, the share of multiple children in all newborns was 1,9 percent. On the other hand, according to the current state of science, the probability of multiple births generally increases with the age of the woman. In 2019, 26 percent of mothers of multiple births were between 35 and 39 years old. This means that their proportion in this age group is higher than the average for mothers of all live births (21 percent), according to statisticians. While seven percent of multiple mothers were 40 and older recently, their share among mothers of all live births was 4,5 percent.