Mt Eliza Lions Club Member Clive Bennett with the Birthing Simulator baby during the club’s recent visit to Frankston Hospital.
The Mt Eliza Lions Club saw its most recent donation in action when members visited the Frankston Hospital women’s health unit.
The club donated $8,000 to the unit to purchase a PROMPT Birthing Simulator.
The simulator helps teach many of the practical skills required for the successful management of childbirth, said Peninsula Health Operations, Major Projects and Quality Director Sharyn Hayles.
‘We really enjoyed having members of the Lions Club come to the unit to see how the simulator is used to train staff,’ Ms Hayles said.
The birthing simulator is a mannequin with life-sized torso, hips and thighs and comes complete with a life-like baby that it can ‘deliver.’
It was originally designed to improve training for the manoeuvres required to accurately manage shoulder dystocia—an unpredictable, obstetric emergency.
As well as training for complicated deliveries, the simulator realistically imitates normal delivery, as well as breech and assisted deliveries.
‘The Lions Club makes regular donations to Peninsula Health and we are very grateful for their contributions,’ Ms Hayles said.