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Twin Births Raise Concerns in North Carolina County
The number of twins born each year in New Hanover County has increased by more than 60 percent since 1989, on par with both statewide and national surges of multiple births in the last 20 years that experts attribute partly to the increasing use of fertility drugs in older women. Going forward, William H. Cooper IV, who specializes in gynecology, infertility and reproductive endocrinology out of a private practice in Wilmington, expects the rate of twin births to stay stagnant or decrease. "In Europe, they're now transferring one embryo during the in vitro fertilization cycles, and this country is moving toward that," he said. "You're also going to have a natural decline of twinning because of fewer baby boomers."