Noelle and her continually-newborn son, Hal.

Say hello to Noelle. She doesn’t say much, but she’s an important new member of the School of Nursing (SON) family.

The SON recently purchased a brand-new, high-tech Noelle-brand birthing  manikin for the Patient Care Simulation Lab. This high-fidelity manikin,  manufactured by the Gaumard Scientific Company, is an advanced birthing simulator that “delivers” a baby–the realistic, advanced-functioning newborn manikin, Hal. Noelle is designed to provide a complete birthing experience before, during and after delivery.

The Noelle manikin is equipped with a precision programmable fetal delivery system for repeatable teaching exercises including normal, rapid and prolonged labor, and delivery simulations. Labor can be paused, continued  or accelerated at any time. The manikin can be programmed so that each student receives exactly the same scenario, but it also includes 30 obstetric scenarios that can be modified as the instructor requires. Scenarios and their results can be saved and shared for later use.

Maternal/newborn Assistant Professor Angela Bailey, MSN, RN noted that, among other benefits, “our Noelle manikin has afforded us the opportunity for a more realistic post-partum hemorrhage in-class simulation, which has significantly improved pre- to post-test quiz scores.”

Noelle is widely considered to be the leading high-fidelity birthing manikin.