THE BRONX - Hospitals are reporting twin births at an all-time high, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A recently released CDC report reveals that twin births are now numbering 33.9 out of every 1,000 births -- an 80 percent increase since the 1980s.
"The reason we're seeing such an increase in twins is because we're seeing older women giving birth," says Dr. Sophia Lubin, of St. Barnabas Health System. "Older women are at an increased chance of having twins in general for several reasons, one because of their age and because they're more likely to undergo reproductive technology."
According to the CDC, the birth rate has shot up 1 percent since 2013.
Dr. Lubin says it is the first time doctors are seeing any increases since 2007.
The CDC also reported the number of married mothers is rising and that the average age at which women give birth is 26.5.
They also say teen births have significantly dropped 9 percent.
"This speaks to the fact that women have taken a lot more control of their contraceptive lives and their reproductive lives," says Dr. Lubin.
Dr. Lubin says planning a pregnancy and getting healthy before conception really matters. She also advises women to get in contact with a doctor as soon as they discover they are with child to begin prenatal care.