Premature babies ‘more likely to end up in lower-paid jobs’ – UK’s research on 15,000 British Adults

Study of 15,000 British adults finds those born preterm are more likely to suffer long-term financial as well as health consequences. Premature babies are more likely to be less intelligent, do worse at school and end up in lower-paid jobs than those born at full term, new research shows.

An analysis of the circumstances of more than 15,000 British adults also found that those born prematurely are much more likely to become unemployed, be less wealthy and not own a house.

The findings, from research led by Prof Dieter Wolke of Warwick university, are significant because they show that people being born prematurely are more likely to suffer financial as well as health consequences.