Diagnosing TAPS

TAPS diagnosis is done one of 2 ways – before, or after birth. At the moment, a lot of cases are diagnosed after birth, because MCA Dopplers are still not mandatory, and a lot of professionals refuse to do them yet. The evidence is there that they save lives, we have treatment protocols, and yet we’re still fighting to have them as part of our routine care. Frustrating, right?

How are YOU?

Multiple pregnancies are difficult. The standard risks of prematurity, low birth weights, growth restriction, cerebral palsy, extended neonatal intensive care time, and even neonatal death can be devastating, to begin with. When you factor in the complications with monochorionic twins with TTTS, TAPS, and SIUGR - extra screening, complicated diagnosis, uncertain outcomes, and the possibility of laser surgery - it's no wonder that mothers of multiples reported a 43% higher chance of moderate to severe depressive symptoms.

TAPS Support: A New Type of Advocacy

Change begins with breaking down the divide between doctors and patients and having open, honest communication. Patients need to feel confident they are getting the right answers, the most up to date treatment, with all available treatment options presented to them. Doctors need to be honest with their patients and are obligated to keep up to date.