New $50,000 birthing simulator to be used by Sunderland Royal Hospital and Sunderland University

The new SimMom simulator is unveiled at Sunderland University
The new SimMom simulator is unveiled at Sunderland University
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A birthing simulator will soon be used by Sunderland Royal Hospital staff and students from the city’s university thanks to a $50,000 grant.

SimMom was today handed over to the Point of Care Centre in the Sciences Complex at Sunderland University.

This is a fantastic opportunity for us to be involved in simulation training.

Denise Mace, senior midwive at City Hospitals sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

The innovate simulator has been handed over thanks to help from healthcare company MSD and the mother and baby charity, Baby Lifeline.

The full-body interactive birthing simulator, which moves and makes realistic sounds, allows “high-quality” team training in rare emergencies which can occur during childbirth.

A PROMPT pelvic manikin is also included to allow health professionals to practice assisted births, making deliveries safer for mum and baby.

Denise Mace, senior midwife at City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust who oversees training for midwives, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to be involved in simulation training.

“At the moment we only have static dolls so this will give us as real life situations as we can to move our training forward.”

The new equipment will be kept in the Simulation Centre at the university.

Kim Hinshaw, consultant obstetrician and director of research and innovation at City Hospitals Sunderland, as well as an Honorary Visiting Professor at Sunderland University, said: “We are extremely grateful to MSD for this funding to Baby Lifeline, and to Baby Lifeline for submitting the bid and deciding to base the equipment in North East England.

“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.”