Hypothesis: a proposition, or set of propositions, set forth as an explanation for the occurrence of some specified group of phenomena, either asserted merely as a provisional conjecture to guide investigation (working hypothesis) or accepted as highly probable in the light of established facts.
The Womb Twin Hypothesis:
Being a womb twin survivor does have a psychological effect. Womb twin survivors (ie the sole survivors of a twin or multiple pregnancy) seem to spend their lives re-enacting the life and death of their womb twin.
Nothing appears to be more important than that, even life itself.
Once the real pre-birth scene, which is being constantly re-enacted, is made clear, then the re-enactment tends to diminish or cease altogether, greatly to the benefit of the individual.
There are at least 600 million womb twin survivors in the world. Statistical analysis of various studies of twin pregnancies reveals that for every twin pair born there are at least ten single babies born who are the sole survivors of a twin pr multiple pregnancy. For every live born twin pair, 10-12 pregnancies result in single births. Using these estimates 12-15% of all live births are products of twin embryogenesis. (Boklage, 1995)
For some womb twin survivors there is evidence that there was a twin or multiple pregnancy, but only one baby was born. We have known about womb twins for a very long time but it is only recently that we have been able to take pictures of them with ultrasound. Now we know that many of them developed abnormally and that is why they died. It has been known for a long time that being a surviving twin does not have to be life-threatening for the physical health of the survivor.
The possibility of fetal consciousness and memory is now taken seriously. Until recently no one has troubled to consider the psychological effects of being a surviving twin when the twin has died at birth or before. This is because nobody imagined that the unborn child could be aware of anything much.
Some survivors have no evidence of their lost twin or multiples but are convinced that they are a surviving twin. This has caused some scepticism. However, as research continues more and more physical and psychological signs and indications are being discovered.
- Boklage, C.E. (1995) The frequency and survival probability of natural twin conceptions. In Keith, L.G., Papiernik, E., Keith, D.M. (eds) Multiple pregnancy: epidemiology, gestation, and perinatal outcome. Parthenon, New York, pp. 4150.
- See my womb twin survivors web site for more......