The William & Florence Lede Family Foundation's simulation gift that’s reaching across the globe

August 9, 2018 1:11pm
With a $3,200 gift from the William & Florence Lede Family Foundation, BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre Foundation purchased its first ever MamaBirthie simulator. It’s quickly been put to use in the Hospital, and through Laerdal Medical, a second simulator is helping to save the lives of mothers and newborns in a low-income country.

The William & Florence Lede Family Foundation’s donation provided the Hospital with a new MamaBirthie simulator. MamaBirthie, a labour and birth specific simulator, enables BC Women’s to train and educate nurses on how to best support women’s birth – from procedures as common as a vaginal birth to high risk complications like postpartum hemorrhage and cord prolapse. Since its arrival at BC Women’s, MamaBirthie has already supported training in several programs across the Hospital. Educators anticipate that over 120 learners will hone their skills with her every year.

Through the purchase of MamaBirthie from Laerdal Medical’s Helping Mothers Survive initiative, the impact of this gift is truly global. Through the initiative's Buy One Gift One program, for every birth simulator purchased for use in a high-income country, Laerdal Medical matches the purchase for a low-income country.

The use of simulation equipment at BC Women’s is a mark of the Hospital’s continued efforts to patient-centred care. MamaBirthie provides an invaluable sense of realism for training – without risking actual patients.

BC Women’s Simulation Centre also houses two other newborn simulation mannequins. However, the increasing use of simulation equipment comes with substantial wear and tear. This is why this new MamaBirthie addition is such an exciting one for BC Women’s.

It’s a donation that’s making huge strides. Donate now.