I'm developing a world in the near future where a start-up company develops an artificial womb. Now well-off people could grow their children from their eggs & sperm. My story is about couples that can't conceive and serve as test subjects of the program.
Since I read that human babies are born prematurely is it realistic to extend the gestation period to 21 months thus having a more developed baby? My setting works better if the 99% feel that technology allows the wealthy to order their children, while the not so lucky women risk their health or have gaps in their careers.
The setting is near future, something like the next year or two. The company barely managed to mimic what mother nature is doing, and is still very vulnerable to proving that their technology results in healthy normal babies. I assume that no giant breakthrough in genetic engineering occurred that will enable us to create designer babies.