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Wearside receives life sized childbirth simulators

Two innovative birthing simulators were given to the University of Sunderland today for hospital staff and medical and midwifery students from across the region to use.

'SimMom' is an advanced full-body interactive birthing simulator with accurate anatomy and functionality, allowing teams to train for the rare emergencies that occur during childbirth. A pelvic manikin is also included with the equipment, allowing staff to practice assisted births.

The simulators will be sited in the new hi-fidelity 'Simulation Centre' at the University of Sunderland.

Health Team Senior Lecturer Michael Collins, Trainee Midwife Denise Mace

Judy Ledger Founder of Baby Lifeline, a charity that supports pregnant women and newborn babies said:

"More than 80% of critical events leading to poor outcome during labour are caused by human factors errors. Simulation training can significantly reduce this type of error."

Mr Kim Hinshaw, leading the initiative, is a Consultant Obstetrician and Director of Research & Innovation at City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, and an Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Sunderland. He said:

While most babies are born without difficulty, every labour is different and should problems arise, we need our staff to react quickly and effectively, and this equipment enables us to rehearse many obstetric emergencies in a controlled setting. As well as learning technical skills, it will provide important learning in areas such as communication, decision-making, team working and leadership."

– Visiting Professor at the University of Sunderland