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(06/06/14) - Severe complications during childbirth are rare in the United States, but they do happen.
A "robotic" baby could save the lives of real newborns.
A new high-tech set-up trains delivery room doctors and nurses to respond to the unexpected, especially when seconds count.
Mom's in labor, baby is on his way - then something goes very wrong.
The worst is happening. The baby's shoulders are stuck. Thankfully, Dr. Roger Coven rarely sees it this bad.
"But you still have to obviously be prepared for them," he said.
Thanks to patient Robot Noelle, doctors and nurses can prepare for any imaginable labor complication. Noelle and baby Hal are maternal and neo-natal simulators at the Valley Hospital in New Jersey.
Noelle keeps the staff on its toes, practicing teamwork and perfecting performance.
The maternal simulators also allow student doctors and nurses to sharpen everyday skills. For example, anesthesiologists can practice giving epidurals and new nurses can learn to time contractions. All in a no-risk environment.