Virtual birth simulator to aid of women

Scientists are developing a virtual simulator that will be able to see how a birth may take place and predict whether a caesarean section may be necessary.

The software will take into account factors such as the shape of the mother's body and the position of the baby to provide patient-specific predictions, the scientists said.

"Because this program is patient-specific, doctors and midwives will be able to see how a birth may take place before it has happened on a case by-case basis. For example, you would be able to see if a baby's shoulders will get

The program will use ultra-sound data to re-create a geometric model of a baby's skull and body in 3D graphics as well as the mother's body. This will help simulate the sequence of movements as a baby descends through the pelvis during labour. Users will be able to input data such as the shape of the mother's pelvis, and the baby's head. The software will take into account the force from the mother pushing during labour.

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