Obstetricians and midwives gotta practice their trade somehow. We just wish it wasn't this creeeeepy.
momlogic's Momstrosity: Remember in "Gone with the Wind" when Melanie was about to pop and Prissy delivered that classic frantic line, "I don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' babies!"?Turns out, Prissy would've been a prime candidate for practicing on a birth simulator -- a device that literally simulates the entire birthin'-baby process. It's interesting that the simulator featured in this video (from the Southmead Hospital in England) doesn't come with a head -- because to be REALLY realistic, it needs the voice of a woman screaming bloody murder for an epidural.
Or, if they're willing to splurge, the Gaumard Scientific Company offers a life-size mannequin that goes by the name of "Noelle" and costs about $35,000. According to her product info, Noelle comes with "four umbilical cords, four dilating cervices, two umbilical clamps and THREE vulvas." Good for her!