This project is a groundbreaking study on twinship and twin loss. If you're not a twin that's irrelevant for you, right?
What do we know, without controversy, about twin birth?
We know that 1% of births are to twins or multiples: yes, that's two or more babies born from one pregnancy
We also know that around 10% of all conceptions are, for some period of time, made up of twin embryos or foetuses
Incidentially, the 10% figure will increase dramatically with IVF procedures (which create more twins and triplets) on the rise
So, there's an overlooked question that directly affects hundreds of millions of people: What about the hidden 9%?
The "hidden 9%" of twin conceptions is the story of wombtwins: One-time twins who live their lives alone as 'one'.
The WombTwin Project set out to recover this 9%, by asking: "What is life like for you now?" "How can we help you?"
They have been called 'Twindividuals' and 'twinless twins'. Whatever the name, they have lost something big, early on.
The "missing 9%" amounts to over 600 million human beings worldwide. Very few survivors of twins in the womb know they were briefly one of twins, nor do they understand the aftereffect of very early (twin) loss, nor how to heal from it.
Research has largely ignored ths area. Before 1990 miscarriage of a twin early or late in pregnancy was often missed, overlooked, or simply ignored if the other foetus was born. Today we have better data, better scans, more attentive professionals, and a more awareness of pre-natal care. We even better understand 'vanishing twin syndrome' in which one twin is re-absorbed into the womb before birth. But we miss the hidden pain of the hidden 9% who were a twin.
The four key books arising from this project tackle four key areas:
Wombtwin Survivors is the classic, seminal text that presents a profound synthesis of all the key research findings.
A Healing Path is a companion book that offers a detailed process for understanding how to heal very early (twin) loss.
Untwinned is an anthology of short research papers by academics in the field, establishing important new knowledge. It includes a forward by Dr Louis G Keith PhD, former university professor of Gynaecology and an identical twin himself.
A Silent Cry is perhaps the most poignant: the first time that many wombtwin survivors have voiced their own silent loss.
There is also an inexpensive and downloadble e-book that introduces the work and offers clues on what to look out for in a possible wombtwin survivor, and a chidren's book designed for chidren who, you may know, lost their twin very early on.
This publishing company is run by a psychologist who well understands that 'earlier traumas' are often 'tougher traumas'
Imagine the impact of the loss of another being - one's twin - while still an infant in the mother's womb. This may sound like a
dramatic fantasy, but research suggests several hundred million people worldwide may live with such an unknown early loss...