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This Robot Gives Birth and We Can't Stop Watching

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Images and videos courtesy of Gaumard Scientific This Robot Gives Birth and We Can't Stop Watching
Miami-based Gaumard Scientific makes an entire family of simulators including a neonatal simulator, a maternal-fetal simulator, and a pediatric patient simulator.
Gaumard Scientific designed the Victoria robot to teach labor and delivery staff to prepare for difficult birthing situations, and to provide hands-on training for nursing and medical students.

She bleeds, breathes, and births a baby that is as eerily lifelike as she is. But most importantly, Victoria takes labor-and-delivery training to the next level.

Victoria, first introduced in 2014, was developed by Miami, FL-based Gaumard Scientific, and is considered the most advanced childbirth simulation system on the market. In the latest version, Victoria's eyes can focus and interact with her caregivers, enabling users to conduct a neurological-assessment that evaluates impaired eye motion for warning signs of a stroke, head trauma, drug use, cranial nerve impairment, and other conditions.

From early pregnancy complications, high-risk deliveries, and postpartum emergencies to non-gravid scenarios for general nursing care, the system simulates a full range of obstetrical events to facilitate teamwork and deepen critical thinking skills in learners of all levels, according to Gaumard.

Even the baby, dubbed Super Tory, is eerily lifelike.

Gaumard makes an entire family of high-definition robot patient simulators, including Hal, a  pediatric robot.

According to Gaumard, it's important that healthcare workers and students use real-world equipment during simulation training to provide realism and enhance relevancy for the learner. "Hospital staff who have hands-on knowledge and use of equipment have greater mastery of the skills needed to provide safe, timely, and effective care," the company said in a recent blog post. "By allowing participants to think critically about their actions, specifically how they interact with the tools in the clinical environment, medical device misuse and errors can be reduced."

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