Harsh Reality Training with the CAE Lucina Maternity Simulator

| Roxanne Blanford

Based on widely accepted and validated models of maternal-fetal physiology, the Lucina childbirth simulator offers human-like vital signs and responses for practice of both normal labor and delivery scenarios and intense, obstetrical emergencies.

We developed the CAE Lucina Maternal Simulator to provide the most realistic and versatile childbirth simulator on the market today; a simulator that can help healthcare instructors improve training & patient outcomes in maternity situations.


CAE Lucina is a medical "robot" with pupils that dilate or constrict, measurable vital signs, a blood reservoir to simulate post-partum hemorrhage, and a birthing process that delivers a fetus through the birthing canal. The mother has palpable soft skin that simulates uterine contractions, as well as leg and hip articulation for practice in childbirth positioning and related birthing maneuvers. 

Developed by CAE Healthcare in partnership with leading maternal-fetal clinical educators in the United States and biomedical engineers at Instituto de Engenharia Biomédica (INEB) at the University of Porto in Portugal, the Lucina has drawn significant interest among medical schools across all disciplines.

 According to Dr. Diogo Ayres de Campos, a perinatal obstetrician and professor of Medicine at  the University of Porto, who is also a lead developer of the simulator’s physiological models, the  simulator will allow practice of rare, acute and potentially catastrophic scenarios in which it  is difficult for clinicians or  teams to gain experience.

 There have been enormous improvements in perinatal care affecting both maternal and  perinatal mortality over the last 100 years. Simulation is the only way of achieving and  maintaining competence in the management of rare situations.

 Harsh and life-threatening complications of childbirth range from breech presentation to fetal  distress, and they can  impact long-term health of both mother and baby. A U.S. government  study reported a 75% increase in serious maternal complications, such as heart attack or brain attack (stroke) during or after childbirth, in the United States between 1998 and 2009.1

 Lucina is designed to allow healthcare teams to practice in, and prepare for, both normal deliveries and rare emergencies in order to help ensure improved outcomes.



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