Oct 25, 2017 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

A new machine will help medical students at the College of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Sultan Qaboos University understand childbirth and labor.

The machine, a birthing simulator known as “Victoria,” is the first of its kind in the Gulf colleges of medicine.

In an article in the Oman Tribune, Dr. Carlos N. Chidiac, of Gaumard Scientific USA, the manufacturer of Victoria said, “Training simulations for obstetric teams have been shown to improve patient care and reduce errors. ‘Victoria’ is a life-size training tool that looks and feels like a full-term mother in labor. ‘Victoria’ contains a rechargeable battery that can run for approximately eight hours, providing a ‘tether-free’ birthing scenario that more closely mimics a true labor and delivery.”

How can students learn? The simulator has over 30 different potential outcomes ranging from a low-risk birth to riskier events like c-sections, placenta previa and cord prolapse.

The simulator also gives birth to a baby that looks, feels, and acts like a newborn.

Learn more about studying obstetrics and midwifery.

Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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