The aim of the Dutch Fetal Biobank is to gain insight in human development through the study of human embryos and fetuses. Because of the scarcity of human embryonic and fetal material most textbooks describe the development of the human on extensive research in animal model systems. Though in general, the development of mammals is similar, the details differ.
The Dutch Fetal Biobank donation program was started in 2017 after acquiring all legal and ethical permits. From this moment onwards parents could be provided with the option to donate their embryo or fetuses to science after termination of pregnancy, preterm labour or miscarriage.