Virtual 3D Simulator Shows What Birth Is Like From Baby’s Point of View
Any pregnant woman who’s gone through birthing classes has probably had to watch “that” movie. You know the one — the birth film, in which the miracle of life is suddenly very up close and personal.
Have you ever wondered what it’s like from the other side, though? Well, now you can find out. According to the Huffington Post, thanks to recent advances in the field of 3D virtual technology, doctors can now see birth from the point of view of the baby as it’s being born, and what a trip it is!
The simulator uses virtual reality to approximate the exact conditions inside the mother’s womb during the birth process. Lead researcher and computer scientist Rudy Lapeer, with the University of East Anglia, unveiled the device at a Romanian health technology and bioengineering conference last month.
"You can't see inside during a live birth. The simulator shows you what's happening inside," Lapeer explains. Babies go through seven distinct movements while being born, and this simulator can replicate three of them, providing doctors with data on whether the patient’s birth canal is wide enough for a baby’s shoulders, and whether a C-section is necessary, for example.
The technology was developed to help doctors and other medical staff troubleshoot during the birthing process. Because the simulator is customizable to each patient, it can provide valuable information for doctors as well as training for medical students. Although the technology is probably a decade away from being used in the actual birth process, it’s easy to see how it will have far-reaching benefits.