Are $100,000 dolls better than the real thing?


Professor Ian Symonds was taught obstetrics using a model that more closely resembled a Cabbage Patch doll than a fetus.

Today, his students at the University of Adelaide practise interventional birthing, such as the Zavanelli manoeuvre or the Trendelenburg position, with the high-tech manikin Lucina and her baby – and a more life-like simulation is hard to imagine.

Lucina, manufactured by Canadian company CAE, is described as the only wireless childbirth simulator that has integrated maternal-fetal physiology and interchangeable static cervices