A device that simulates childbirth has been developed to enable obstetricians to learn how to perform the procedure for the first time.

Designed by a team of researchers from Institut National des Sciences Appliquées and the Hôpital de la Croix Rousse, both in Lyon, France, the device simulates the delivery of an infant using a hydraulic system which simulates the movement of a baby through its mother’s pelvis.

Called BirthSIM, the system simulates a pelvis and a newborn baby’s head. It uses a pneumatic drive, attached to a computer, to imitate contractions and the mother’s pushing.

Sensors connected to the pneumatic system and the model of the baby’s head can determine whether a student is applying too much pressure in encouraging the baby through the pelvis, or applying excessive pressure to its head.

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