Surviving birth may have been only half the battle for the controversial octuplets born last week to a 33-year single mother from Southern California. Although none of the infants suffered any birth injuries, they were born premature, putting them at an increased risk of developing cerebral palsy and other developmental disorders. A new study that looked at late pre-term births found that babies born between the 30th to 33rd gestation weeks may be almost 8 times more likely to have cerebral palsy than babies that were carried the full 37 weeks. The octuplets were carried just 30 weeks. The infants’ doctors have recognized their heightened risk and have stated that they will closely monitor the babies for symptoms that may develop at a later time.
To learn more about the risks facing the babies, and to read about the octuplet mother’s interview on NBC, click here.