Practical Training in Simulated Delivery Leads to Improved Competency in Real-Life Procedures
In the classic sense, clinical obstetrics training involves hours upon hours of learning within real-life, clinical settings. To help ensure that clinicians, labor and delivery teams, and all others who are part of the maternal healthcare team are suitablly prepared to manage unforeseen events and potential complications, OB/GYN trainees are expected to undergo extensive training in vaginal deliveries for the sake of patient safety.
Students trained on a manikin-based maternity simulator (and whose training includes team communication development and critical thinking exercises) tend to demonstrate increased mastery and more confidence in routine deliveries. These learners go on to successfully transfer self-assessed competencies into actual clinical experiences.
Simulation training in vaginal delivery offers obstetrical students a safer and risk-free environment in which to obtain practical experience in labor and delivery. Enhanced patient safety and enhanced learning are significant benefits of realistic simulation training. Obstetric simulation holds great promise as a vehicle to foster comfort, confidence and proficiency with childbirth procedures. Learners can enter their professions with a higher degree of clinical competency and the skills needed to help improve patient safety and reduce incidences of maternal morbidity.