For those who do not have the privilege to experience one of life’s natural processes, here’s a chance for you to share the joy/pain (depending on the circumstances) with your beloved. Two hospitals in the UK – Southmead Hospital in Bristol and Gloucestershire Royal Hospital – have been using a so-called PROMPT Birthing Simulator to teach midwives and obstetricians many of the practical skills required for the successful management of childbirth. This, apparently, is an integral part of the PROMPT (PRactical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training) course.
Below is a video clip of how the simulator works. Watch at your own peril.
The thing that struck me was how flexible the simulator’s legs are. If only they can make it more realistic by adding some sound effects. Cursing and swearing such as “You asshole! If I live through this, I’ll gonna fucking kill you for doing this to me!” might do the trick. Adding an arm or two to the simulator to smack the doctor and significant other around might also come in handy.