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Video game technology used to train labor and delivery teams

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Noelle, a robot that can be manipulated to act like a woman giving birth, is a training tool the Valley Hospital Center for Childbirth in Ridgewood, NJ, uses. (Source: WNYW/FOX) Noelle, a robot that can be manipulated to act like a woman giving birth, is a training tool the Valley Hospital Center for Childbirth in Ridgewood, NJ, uses. (Source: WNYW/FOX)

RIDGEWOOD, NJ (WNYW/FOX) - Healthcare workers are getting practice on emergency situations involving pregnant women thanks to a well-known technology with a new twist.

Noelle - a robotic mannequin - blinks, breaths, and can give birth.

Beth McGovern is a clinical practice specialist at Valley Hospital Center for Childbirth where Noelle is used to train labor and delivery teams how to react in high-risk situations that don't happen every day.

The person administrating the simulation can create different obstacles and challenges on the fly based on each step the team takes during the emergency. McGovern said a lot of gaming technology is now translated into simulation technology.

"It's getting to be more mainstream, and there is real meat now to the research that shows this a great way to learn," McGovern said.

She said the key to cutting down on human error is better teamwork and communication, and Noelle gives medical teams an innovative tool.

The simulation doesn't stop with Noelle. There are infant and 5-year-old versions of a child robot named Hal used to simulate operations, pediatric emergencies, neonatal resuscitation, and endoscopy procedures.

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