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Born too soon and too small - Edith's twin boys | by DFID - UK Department for International Development
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Born too soon and too small - Edith's twin boys

Many babies are born too soon and too small when girls are unable to delay their first pregnancy, and couples can't space their children using modern methods of family planning.


Edith’s two twin boys are strapped to their grandmother’s chest in the maternity unit in the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Blantyre, Malawi. This is called “kangaroo care” where mothers hold their premature babies close to their chest. The skin-to-skin contact helps keep the babies warm and improves their survival.




On 11 July 2012 the UK Government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will host a groundbreaking summit to cut in half the current number of women and girls in the world’s poorest countries without access to contraception, but who wish to avoid pregnancy or space their children.


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To follow the London Summit on Family Planning visit


Picture: Lindsay Mgbor/Department for International Development


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Taken on May 31, 2012