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Welcome to the Maternity Lab!  

  • The Sim Mom manikin gives birth to a baby that fits in fetal position inside her abdomen; it’s incredibly similar to a live birth! She has a built-in hydraulic system which mimics contractions and allows her to bear down/push for delivery  
  • Students monitor the manikin’s contractions, vital signs, fetal heart sounds, and labor progression   
  • Both the Sim Mom and Sim NewB baby can be programmed for a variety of realistic birthing scenarios. Both execute vocal responses (moaning, crying, etc.) and respond to students’ nursing interventions  
  • Just like a realistic labor and delivery, Sim Mom experiences contractions and delivery is complete with fluid discharge and “cutting” the cord using plastic scissors  
  • Birth can vary from normal to having a variety of conditions:   
    • shoulder dystocia (shoulders fail to pass after the head)  
    • breech baby (positioned feet first)  
    • post-birth hemorrhage  
    • prolapsed cord – cord comes out first (a rare occurrence!)   
    • nuchal cord (umbilical cord is wrapped around baby’s neck)
  • The only condition Sim Mom cannot realistically simulate is a cesarean section since it would involve cutting into our manikins!  Rather, students simulate C-sections with minor adaptations   
  • Sim NewB baby has a pulse in their umbilical cord and can:   
    • turn blue and exhibit varying oxygen levels  
    • have a seizure.   
    • coo and cry 
  • Clinical simulation faculty observe and control conditions through the two-way mirror, work closely with students in the lab, and/or record simulation sessions to debrief in class  
  • Faculty play the role of a doctor or member of the healthcare team; student nurses practice making phone calls to obtain medication orders, consult with or update the doctor on clinical cases   


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