Perspectives on the death of a twin before birth
Edited by Althea Hayton
It is known that, for every twin or multiple birth, there are at least ten cases where only one twin is born: the sole survivor of a twin pregnancy (a 'womb twin survivor'). If 10% of the people in the world are the sole survivors of a twin or multiple pregnancy, then it is an astonishing number of people. It could be you... And how can you - we - find out?
We've always known that the loss of a twin sibling, at any age, is a profound bereavement leaving a deep impression. What this groundbreaking book helps to reveal are ways we can recognise the phenomena that linger on after that loss.
A loss that may be outside of awareness, of memory and of one's family stories... What does it mean to be 'untwinned'?
PART ONE:- the impact of the death of a twin on the parents of the twins, the wider family and society as a whole.
PART TWO:- “Vanishing twin” phenomenon
PART THREE:- the possibility that we all carry some kind of impression of life in the womb.
PART FOUR:- the psychological effects upon the survivor of the death of their twin in the womb before they were born.