Doing away with parents altogether: Artificial births are the future, say experts
(Natural News) You want to have children, but perhaps you’re put off by the prospect of going through pregnancy and childbirth or you’re physically unable to carry a pregnancy to term. Maybe your last pregnancy was marked by extreme discomfort and worry, or perhaps you’ve heard horror stories about what can go wrong during the process of giving birth. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could skip all of that and have your newborn in your arms almost as if by magic?
Experts believe this could well become a possibility in the near future, and while a chorus of pregnant women and mothers may be nodding their heads approvingly at the notion, how many of us would really be willing to go through with it if we got the chance? And what does it mean for society if parents are essentially not needed?
One expert, Yale University Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science Dr. Carlo Bulletti, has said we could see a fully functioning artificial womb being used in the medical field within the next decade. Another academic, Elizabeth Chloe Romanis, wrote in the Journal of Medical Ethics that “it seems probable” artificial womb testing on humans is only several years away.
In fact, researchers from the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands were recently given a €2.9 million grant to develop a working prototype of an artificial womb that can be used for premature babies in clinics. The babies would be surrounded by fluids and receive nutrients and oxygen through an artificial placenta connected to their umbilical cords. It’s easy to see the great potential to save premature babies and help their lungs develop, but from there it’s not that big of a leap to cutting mothers out of the picture entirely.