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The newborn Naomi Wildman in an incubator

An incubator was a medical device that provided care for newborn infants. It was essentially an artificial womb.

In 2153, an incubator aboard Enterprise NX-01 was used for Human-looking mimetic simbiot Sim, while he was newly born. The incubator was required for less time than it would have in the case of an actual Human infant, as mimetic simbiots had shorter lifespans than Humans, lasting fifteen days. (ENT: "Similitude")

The next year, incubators were removed from Trialas IV by a group of Augments, leaving interfaces behind. By plugging a scanner into the interfaces, Starfleet Commander Charles Tucker III determined that the missing equipment had been incubators. In a later discussion with Captain Jonathan Archer and Commander T'Pol in Enterprise's situation room, Tucker realized the Augments had taken the incubators with them because they intended to use the equipment for new-born Augments whose embryos were in cold storage at Cold Station 12. (ENT: "Cold Station 12")

After the USS Voyager was duplicated by a divergence field in 2372, The Doctor placed the newly born Naomi Wildman in a Federation incubator to begin treating her for hemocythemia. However, the incubator lost power when proton bursts from the other Voyager caused widespread damage, resulting in the infant's death. (VOY: "Deadlock")

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