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Queen's students first in UK to use new birthing simulator

13 September, 2017

Queen's students first in UK to use new birthing simulator

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Sono Sim birthing simulator

Trainee midwives at Queen’s University Belfast are the first in the UK to use new life-like pregnant mannequins in training.

The new Sono Sim birthing simulator can be used to train midwives through the whole pregnancy process – from scan to birth.

The mannequin is linked to a scanner, enabling students to date the birth in the early stages of pregnancy right through to detecting a number of fetal abnormalities at the 20 weeks scan. It can also mimic the birthing process, presenting a number of real-life labour-related scenarios that midwives may deal with, such as a postpartum haemorrhage before a mannequin baby is presented.

Head of the school of nursing and midwifery Professor Donna Fitzsimons said: ‘Until now, trainee midwives would learn about pregnancy scans through shadowing an experienced midwife in a hospital. This equipment will better prepare our students for this experience and facilitate assessment through a one-way mirror in our state-of-the-art birthing suites.

‘This real-life environment complete with a human-like mannequin that can laugh, cry and bleed creates a cutting-edge learning experience.’

She added that midwives will be assessed on how they deal with a number of scenarios that they will likely face throughout their career.

‘This is the closest we can get to a real-life scenario, putting the students to the test in a safe environment and optimising their preparation for the real world,’ she said.

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