Despite what the Cabbage Patch Kids would like you to believe about the cuteness of preemies, with their little incubators built out of lettuce, real babies born prematurely babies can suffer lifelong consequences after coming out of the womb early. According to a study published in the new edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association, children born prematurely are less likely to graduate from high school and have babies of their own. Women who were preemies who do have children, USA Today notes, are more likely to have stillborn or premature births than women who were born after a full gestation period. Preemies are also less likely to get married, though doctors aren't sure why. Study leader Dr. Geeta Swami of Duke University Medical Center posits that medical problems plaguing preemies could be putting a possible damper on their future marriage prospects.
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