CLIMB


Welcome to the website of CLIMB, the Center for Loss in Multiple Birth, Inc. We are parents throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and beyond who have experienced the death of one or more, both or all of our twins or higher multiples at any time from conception through birth, infancy, and childhood. We originated in 1987, when a mother whose twin son died very suddenly at birth believed that she was truly the only one – then began to search for “a few” others. Soon, she was hearing from families everywhere who were struggling to cope and heal from the devastating loss of their twin or twins, their triplet or triplets or other higher multiples, in a wide variety of circumstances – in sad contrast to the happy images of multiples portrayed in the media and elsewhere.

At a time when the number of multiple pregnancies has increased dramatically, our mission is and has always been to ensure that none of us who have found ourselves on the tragic side of the higher risks for twins and higher multiples needs to feel truly alone or like the only one, no matter what the loss or the circumstances. We do this by ensuring that bereaved multiple birth parents have the same opportunities other bereaved parents need and want: to read materials that relate to what we are going through – to talk to others who we know truly do understand – and to gain information that in some way relates to our loss and the challenges we are facing as people and as parents.

In the process, we’ve found that by speaking up about our experiences and their immediate and long-term impacts on us, it helps the public to learn the real extent of twin loss and higher multiple loss, and the importance of making all possible efforts toward prevention of them. It also helps relatives, friends, and caring others such as health care professionals, twins and multiples clubs, and loss support groups learn how they can offer the most meaningful support.

We hope you will benefit from our site, and you are welcome to be in touch with us.

Significance of multiple birth loss

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publishes 4 reports that include data related to deaths in multiple pregnancy and birth in the United States. These are excerpts from each of the reports, followed by some comments by us.

Research needed

Over the years here at CLIMB, it’s been obvious how much research is needed on almost every aspect of loss in multiple birth. But if there is one area in which research is most painfully lacking, it is that of the death of both of all the babies, or what some call complete multiple birth loss. Around 35% of CLIMB’s membership is, and has always been, parents who have experienced the deaths of their two, three or more babies, with no survivors, and almost not a day goes by without hearing from someone with this tragedy – yet to the best of our knowledge, no ongoing statistics exist that show what percentage of the time this is the outcome of a multiple pregnancy and birth.