Conception, Implantation and Fetal Development
Conception, Implantation and Fetal Development

Conception, Implantation and Fetal Development

by Peter Ward, PhD

This course follows the discussion of reproductive development in the last course and shows how the germs cells (oocytes and spermatozoa) form in the ovaries and testes. We then see how fertilization occurs and how the newly-minted embryo implants into the uterus. We return to early development but follow the growth of the placenta and fetal membranes that nurture and support the embryo as it becomes a fetus. The course ends with a chronological review of the embryonic period and a short summary of events that occur in the fetal period, ending with birth.

You will outline the similarities and differences between oocytes and spermatozoa, how the two cell types combine to produce a genetically distinct zygote, and how the trophoblast develops to surround and protect the embryo. Furthermore, you will describe how twinning at various stages of development results in distinctive fetal membranes surrounding the developing embryos.

Peter Ward, Ph.D., will help you identify various clinical or pathologic conditions can arise during these processes.

Course Details

  • Videos 20
  • Duration 1:56 h
  • Quiz questions 0
  • Articles 0


Your Educators of course Conception, Implantation and Fetal Development

 Peter Ward, PhD

Peter Ward, PhD

Peter J. Ward, Ph.D. has been teaching embryology, anatomy, histology, and neuroscience since 2005. He attended Carnegie Mellon University and later earned a Ph.D. in medical anatomy education from Purdue University. Dr. Ward enjoys finding ways to simplify the complex processes involved in human development and highlights the clinically-important aspects of embryology. Throughout these lectures, Dr. Ward shows how embryonic structures morph into the mature organs and other structures of the human body.

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By Cristian O. on 09. September 2018 for Ovarian Cycle, Ovulation and Uterine Changes

I highly recommend his classes, he knows how to handle the contents with great coherence and his way of explaining is impeccable

Very well explained
By Oluwafunto O. on 03. June 2018 for Germ Cells, Mitosis and Meiosis

Very clear teaching, very well explained and I liked the used of examples and the not purely reading from the screen. Thank you very much!

Pretty Helpful
By Timothy S. on 07. April 2018 for Conception, Implantation and Fetal Development

Pretty good course. Covered all the important aspects without wasting too much time... I did end up watching his Embryo stuff on youtube bc the 3D aspect (with playdoh) was more helpful than just the pictures since Im more visual and sometimes this stuff will get confusing

Very specific
By María F. on 26. February 2018 for Fertilization and Implantation

Unveiled the key points, without the need to make so many detours

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