SimMom: Birthing simulator installed at Sunderland hospital thanks to $50,000 grant

Handing over the new SimMom innovative birthing simulator Prof James Drife, Michael Collins, Ken Bremner, Martin Inskip, Kim Hinshaw and Sheila Ford.
Handing over the new SimMom innovative birthing simulator Prof James Drife, Michael Collins, Ken Bremner, Martin Inskip, Kim Hinshaw and Sheila Ford.
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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 (£33,000) grant.

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

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 (CHSNHSFT), 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.”

Kim Hinshaw, consultant obstetrician and director of research and innovation at CHNHSFT, and an honorary visiting professor at Sunderland University, 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.

“It will provide important learning in areas such as communication, decision-making, team working and leadership.”