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London: Wren Publications. ISBN 978-0-9557808-2-0.
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Womb Twin Survivors: The lost twin in the dream of the womb. (2010)
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December, 2011
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The phenomenon of twins and multiple prenates in gestation, and the impact of either the prenatal or postpartum loss of one or more of them has been an area discounted as significant regarding its impact on parents and surviving offspring by both the medical and mental health community up until about 25 years ago. Artificial Reproductive Techniques [ART], especially in-vitro fertilization [IVF], has spurred on the use of the sonogram, whereby medical professionals and parents could see, from the first trimester, what was occurring gestationally within the uterus of a pregnant woman. As a result, the phenomenon of the "blighted" twin or multiples, which had previously been a theoretical "rumor" or construct of the "dream world of the womb," now has a basis for credulity.

The initial one third of the book is devoted to defining and explaining the reproductive process and the many variations that occur in twin and multiple offspring creation, whether they come to full gestation and live birth or not. The multiplicities of dynamics occurring in the prenatal womb environment are well summarized and presented, as is the deep significance and profundity of the loss of the twin or multiple siblings on the surviving offspring. The long-term impact on one's sense of identity, self esteem, and over all mental health and wellbeing, as well as the impact on childhood and adult relationships are all addressed. The psychological signs and symptoms of womb survivor stress are also identified and discussed within this book. The final section presented the healing path involved in awakening from the dream of being a womb twin survivor and realization that the losses perceived are real and actually not a dream or a fabric of the imagination. Hayton also includes the techniques and the processes that are efficacious in accomplishing this healing work.

Womb Twin Suruiuors provides a comprehensive presentation of the information being gleaned through the research being done as a result of these earlier sonogram findings, the prenatal womb environment. The long term and profound impact such losses have on the sense of self and social relationships for a sibling that has experienced the death of a twin and also for the loss for parents is well explored and supported. Woven throughout the didactic information presented are personal vignettes of people's experience as womb survivors or parents of womb survivors and blighted twins or multiples, which gives a personal touch to the scientific information being presented.

It is a book that medical and mental health professionals in the field of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health need to read and have a part of their professional library.