Monday, October 12, 2009

All I can think is "Annie, Annie, are you okay?"

Remember that SimONE Birthing Simulator I was grumbling about a few weeks back? The one that was just a torso, pelvis and a couple of amputated stumps for legs? Thought that was creepy, did ya?

Good news! Or not? From the Discovery Channel:



Eventually "Noelle" will turn on some hapless resident, oh yes, she will . . .

(Thanks to Passion for Birth. As she said, "No voice, on her back, how many infractions can you see of the Healthy Birth Practices? The non-evidenced based practices keep on rolling...")

5 comments:

  1. Oh man. The sad thing was how similar this really was to a hospital birth in terms of treating someone like a robot. "OK, you're dilated so push next time. We'll lift your legs." Even that extra little touch of having an oxygen mask and IV in the robot...no low-intervention births happening there.

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  2. Great. A whole new generation of doctors and nurses being trained to lay a woman flat on her back, open her legs, and push her knees up to her ears. Why not use a simulator to learn how to "catch" when a woman is in ALTERNATE birthing positions? Duh.

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  3. Right. It's LESS about "Simone" and "Noelle" in & of themselves, and more about the fact that it'd the same old tired non-evidence-based assumptions and lazy habits, just reinforced by shiny new technology.

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  4. the "script" he basically goes through "you're going to feel some pressure", "you're doin' great" really creeps me out, maybe more than the simulator itself - at least she has legs and a face this time around.

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  5. On one hand I say good to have something for practice without the threat of harm. On the other, much bigger hand, I think great, they can learn even less about a real person and what to do to support them and make them comfortable and likely cause more harm down the road.

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