[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/HEALTH/01/28/octuplet.risks/art.preemie.foot.gi.jpg caption="The earlier a baby is born, the greater its risk of dying or facing significant lifelong problems."]
After the birth of octuplets this week, some doctors are questioning the ethics and medical practice that contribute to extreme multiple births.
Multiples have higher health risks because of their likelihood to be born premature. Many premature babies, such as the new California octuplets, are much smaller and face greater dangers than full-term.
These risks include bleeding in the brain, intestinal problems, developmental delays and learning disabilities that could last throughout their lives. But not all preemies have medical or developmental problems.
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