The incredible, uniquely human, story of the 'missing 9%' among us...
"WombTwin Survivors" is the story of the 'missing 9%' of humanity, conceived with a twin and yet born without one. The Vanishing Twin is the one that was lost, miscarried or re-absorbed into the placenta or womb lining. We know that. But what do we really know about the surviving twin? The one that goes on to be born alone, a lone twin who lives on...
Solid research suggests that around 9% of single babies were once 'womb twins', that is, for some period of time when they were in the womb there was a twin there with them. In today's population, this means around 600 million people have been born as sole survivors or 'lone twins'. Until now, very little has been written about this hidden population.
This classic and seminal text represents the culmination of a decade of research and practice exploring the experience, identity, and healing journey of young people and adults who once were wombtwins. It shows the biological origins of the wombtwin phenomenon, and the different ways in which Very Early (twin) Loss in the pre-natal period takes place, and may affect the survivor in later life. Child psychologists know, our earlier traumas are usually our deeper traumas. But how about traumas from before we're born, before we can even perceive? Can very early (twin) loss effect us later? Our research suggests it can have profound, lifelong, psychological and spiritual effects on the surviving, lone, 'twin'.
Why has it been ignored so long? Does it really matter?
Before the 1990s, the loss of a twin in the womb was rarely recognised or acknowledged as an issue - the needs, experiences, and lifelong challenges for lone surviving twins were utterly unknown and unexplored. Althea Hayton's collaborative pioneering work on pre-natal twin loss was a response to finding she was a surviving wombtwin. She became astonished by society's failure to notice or correctly identify, understand and inform surviving wombtwins. And with her son Dr Philip Hayton's help, she came to recognise how the pre-natal pain could be profound but hard to reach.
Years of inter-disciplinary research followed, and showed how deep the psychological and spiritual after-effects can go. It makes sense. Twin loss, even as an adult, is a huge life event. Very early twin loss is the same trauma, much earlier. Pre-natal loss is not well understood. But high-resolution ultrasound scan research reveals many twins are lost even in the first few weeks of life, leaving one foetus alive. These “vanishing twins” fade away; the lone survivor must live on.
How does this all work? What are the different phases of pre-natal loss? And what are the implications for later life?
In this accessible and comprehensive work, a decade of pioneering research brings new understandings fully to light. This book tells a thorough and fascinating story about a silent loss that lives on, hidden, inside many of us. Read it now.
WOMB TWIN SURVIVORS
A book for the sole survivors of a twin or multiple conception