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Raising Twins and Triplets

Forming unique identities is a priority for kids, an excuse for teens to "find themselves" and grist for many a poet to ponder. For twins, triplets and other multiples, it's even more of a challenge.

Thanks to fertility treatments and older maternal age, both factors that can increase the odds of bearing multiple babies, the number of multiple births in the U.S. rose to 34.5 per thousand births in 2010 from 23.3 per thousand in 1990, according to the U.S. Census.

But despite their increased visibility, many multiples say society still views them as units.

Being recognized as an individual is especially hard for look-alike multiples because they share both birth dates and physical appearance, said Nancy Segal, psychology professor at California State University, Fullerton and director of the university's Twin Studies Center. Nonidentical multiples and those of different genders have it easier, she said. Continue reading.

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