The Elizabeth Bryan Multiple Births Centre

The Elizabeth Bryan Multiple Births Centre at BCU is an exciting new collaboration between Birmingham City University (BCU) and the Multiple Births Foundation (MBF), a charity of international repute. The new Centre’s name recognises the pioneering work of consultant paediatrician Dr Elizabeth Bryan, founder of the MBF and former President of the International Society for Twins Studies. It is jointly led by Jane Denton, Director of the MBF, and Dr Merryl Harvey, Professor in Nursing at BCU.

Why are multiple births important?

In England and Wales, the rates of multiple birth have increased over the last 40 years from 10 per 1,000 live births in 1980 to 15.9 per 1,000 in 2016 (Office for National Statistics, 2017). The increased incidence of multiple births is attributed to the increased birth rate, increased maternal age, advances in assisted conception and the development of obstetric, midwifery and neonatal practice which has enabled more multiples to survive (NICE, 2011; Twin and Multiple Birth Association [Tamba], 2013; Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, 2015).

Multiple pregnancies account for higher and, disproportionate numbers, of stillbirths and neonatal deaths in the UK (ONS, 2016; Montacute and Bunn, 2016). Over 50 per cent of twins and almost all triplets are born before 37 weeks gestation and these account for approximately 15 to 20 per cent of all admissions to neonatal units (Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 2011).

The early parenting role is critical and, for parents of multiples, the priorities and challenges are multiplied (Tamba, 2009). It is widely acknowledged that the outcomes for multiple birth families are poorer compared with singletons (Blondel and Kaminski, 2002; McKay, 2010; Wenze, Battle and Tezanos, 2015).*

*Referencing information can be found on our Vision and Aims page.

Latest News

Health Visitor Survey

The EBMBC is conducting a UK survey of health visitors in collaboration with the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV).  For more information about the survey, please click the links below:

Health Visitor Survey Participant Information Leaflet

GDPR Transparency Wording

Health Visitor Bursary for Multiple Births Online Module: The individualised care of multiple birth families from conception to 1 year starting on 1st April 2019.

A bursary has become available to fund five UK based health visitors to undertake the EBMBC's multiple births online module.  For further information about the bursary and to view the application form please download the document below.  The closing date for applications is 12:00 on 11/02/2019.  For further information about the module please visit

HV-bursary-multiples-online-mod- 15-01-2019 form

EBMBC Newsletter: September 2018

We are delighted to share our second newsletter with you. We hope you enjoy reading about the ongoing work of the Elizabeth Bryan Multiple Births Centre.

Download the EBMBC September 2018 Newsletter