Operative Experience, a company based in Maryland, is releasing a new highly realistic vaginal birth simulator. The model mannequin is a full size replica of a patient made of soft materials that even replicates the mother’s internal anatomy. The cervix undergoes dilation and effacement, and the baby is pushed out similarly to a natural birth.
Various parameters, such as dilation and delivery progression, heart rate and tones, contractions, pulses, blood pressure and SPO2, can be tuned to vary a simulated birth so as to train clinicians that will have to deal with unusual and challenging real births. Because the simulator connects via Bluetooth to iOS and Android tablets, these parameters can be easily adjusted within the accompanying app.
Breech, shoulder dystocia, nuchal cord, cord prolapse, and usage of forceps and vacuum devices are some of the delivery techniques and challenges that can be practiced.
The model baby is a full term infant that comes in either Caucasian or African skin tones. The model mother has a uterus, placenta, and umbilical cord, as well as a fundus and amniotic reservoir that can be massaged.