The future of childbirth is getting a little brighter, thanks to an artificial womb that can grow infants in pods. An 8:39-minute animation video from Yemeni molecular biotechnologist Hashem Al-Ghaili explains how the EctoLife system will incubate infants to term in “growth pods” that can be customized with traits like eye color, height, and strength.
The system, which is not in the real world but could help countries that are experiencing population decline, would be powered by renewable energy and a computerized algorithm. Ghaili says it would be the first such facility of its kind.
There are several reasons why a woman may need a uterus transplant. One is if she has a gynecological cancer or if her uterus is removed because of surgery for other reasons.
Uterus transplantation is a new way to have children that involves transferring a uterus from a healthy donor into a woman who has trouble becoming pregnant. This is a new method of infertility treatment and the first to be tried clinically.
Researchers at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas are working with a team from Sweden to test this method of treating infertility. They’re enrolling women with unresolved infertility, a condition that can be hard to treat and sometimes requires other medical interventions.
Some doctors worry about the risks to the uterus and the baby that would result from a uterus transplant, but others say it’s an important new option. In addition to helping people who have infertility problems, the procedure could help reduce the number of babies born prematurely.
Other concerns include the difficulty of revascularizing a transplanted uterus and the risk that the child could die in the early stages of life because it is not able to get enough oxygen from its mother’s blood. This could also lead to a variety of complications in the mother, such as infection, bleeding, and organ failure.
In addition, uterus transplants are not inexpensive. They cost $200,000 to $300,000 for a single transplant, and they are not covered by insurance.
However, the price tag is well worth it to researchers who think the technique will help women with infertility problems and other health conditions. They say it’s a fascinating alternative to traditional methods, and they hope to see the technology offered as a standard treatment in the near future.
Many people argue that a woman should choose surrogacy over uterus transplant, even though both options are legal in the United States and other countries, and are relatively affordable. This argument, however, is flawed because it assumes that paid surrogacy is always a good option and that uterus transplant has a much greater risk of harm to the resulting child than does gestational surrogacy.