Largely due to artificial conception, the rate of twin births is on the rise in the UK.
While the overall birth rate is falling, 15 in every 1,000 births now result in twins, triplets or more - an increase in multiple births of 20 per cent in 10 years.Meanwhile, the age that women are having their first child continues to rise.
Yesterday's figures on birth rates, from the Office for National Statistics, show the average age of women giving birth has continued to increase to 29.3 years in 2002.These two phenomena are fruits from the same tree that has given the UK an increasing abortion rate. How twisted.
The average age of women having their first baby increased to 27.3 years.