Indianapolis pediatricians are seeing double (and triple) with the rise in multiple births

Indianapolis pediatricians are seeing double (and triple) with the rise in multiple births

More and more, the residents here in Indy are becoming parents, and that trend looks to continue. The great news for parents is that Indianapolis is rapidly becoming an even greater city to have a baby in, thanks to some recent additions to the medical community, like new and renovated hospitals opening luxurious facilities dedicated to delivery.

Multiple births are also on the rise. Normally, your chance of having more than one child at a time is less than 2 percent, but in the past 15 years, multiple birth pregnancies have seen an emphatic rise. This is due to older mothers giving birth in increased numbers, as well as an increase in the use of fertilization drugs.

Strangely enough, this trend has not included multiple births past twins. Triplets or quadruplets from a single pregnancy has decreased for the first time in a decade. This may be attributed to the continued development and advancement of fertility drugs.

Even former Colts quarterbacks are experiencing this multiple-birth trend. Last year, Dan Orlovsky, who stood in during Peyton Manning’s absence from the Colts, and his wife welcomed triplets into the world. This was of course after Manning and his wife had twins in the offseason.

They did, however, buck the trend of declining triplets coming into the world with their three healthy boys born in December. The Colts lost game following the birth, but Dan played well -- perhaps buoyed by his family's recent good news.

Finding the right pediatrician should happen well before going into labor. With the chaos of getting your home ready and preparing to take time off of work you don't want to be in a rush to find your pediatrician.

If you’re considering starting a family, make sure you’ve done your homework. Consider finding the best pediatricians in Indianapolis before your due date. Angie’s List has all the details you need on more than 250 pediatricians that have received top rankings from our members here in town.

If there is something in the water in Indy that is causing multiple births, a Russian woman in the 1800s must have been drinking a lot of it, she holds the record for most births. See more Record-Breaking Pregnancies stats in this Angie's List graphic.

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