Artificial Placenta Replicates Womb for Extremely Premature Infants

"Keeping extremely premature babies alive is understandably difficult. Modern neonatal intensive care technology simply doesn’t replicate the womb, essentially working to help the child survive on its own. Researchers at University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Extracorporeal Circulation Research Laboratory have developed an “artificial placenta” that performs extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), avoiding the necessity of the child having to breathe through its poorly developed lungs that often can’t handle mechanical ventilation"


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