These days, it’s seemingly more and more common to have complications during pregnancy. That includes the mother and the child in utero.
There have been complications since the beginning of time, but the times are changing and our bodies are evolving. New problems are arising.
Is there a potential solution to lessen the difficulties for mom and child throughout pregnancy? There may be one right around the corner thanks to the strides our country is making with modern medicine.
Fetal surgeon, Alan Flake at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia conducted a recent study. He placed an unborn lamb into a “biobag” that provided it with all it needed to continue growing in the “womb”– an artificial womb.
The baby lambs were in the artificial uterus for 4 weeks and scientists have found it was a great success.10% of babies are born prematurely and of those 20-50% face health problems in infancy. Doctors are fighting to drastically change those statistics.
With technology advancing by the minute and medicine continuing to advance, babies have a higher survival rate than ever.
It shouldn’t be possible for a baby to live outside of his or her mother, but in an estimated three years, that might be a possibility. This is based on the study Flake did with 8 baby lambs in his “biobags”.