NPR reported on a recent study conducted at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Researchers constructed an “artificial womb” with a goal of saving premature babies.
So far, the device has only been used on lamb fetuses and has been effective in allowing the lambs to mature and grow for a month. Typically, human pregnancies last about 40 weeks. If a device for humans were to be constructed, it would be geared towards saving babies born around the 23rd or 24th week of pregnancy.
Jay Greenspan, MD, a pediatrician at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, spoke to NPR and called the invention “a technological miracle… a huge step to try to do something that we’ve been trying to do for many years.”
The story was also covered by Philly.com.