Local Innovation with Global Impact

The William & Florence Lede Family Foundation’s simulation gift is providing women-centred training—from BC to the world.

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MamaBirthie is a labour and birth simulation mannequin used to train and educate BC Women’s nurses. It simulates  the full spectrum of deliveries – from  situations as common as a low-risk vaginal birth, to high-risk complications like excessive bleeding following birth, or when the umbilical cord becoming trapped against the baby’s body during delivery.

MamaBirthie  makes these deliveries feel entirely real – without involving actual patients.

Since its arrival at BC Women’s Hospital, this MamaBirthie mannequin has already supported training across the Hospital. The lead simulation educators at BC Women’s anticipate that over 120 both current and future practitioners will hone their skills with it  each year.


A beautiful ripple effect of this donation is through Laerdal Medical’s (the MamaBirthie suppliers) Buy One Gift One program. For every simulator purchased for use in a high-resource country, they match the purchase for a low-resource country.

They let us know ours made it to Tanzania and is specifically being used for a brand new pilot program, training birth attendants to support women during labor and delivery.

The use of simulation equipment at BC Women’s is a true testament to their continued efforts to provide  women-centred care. The needs of women and newborns are always changing, so the Hospital never stops responding.

While BC Women’s Simulation Centre also houses two additional simulation mannequins –the increased use comes with substantial wear and tear.

That’s where donors like the Lede’s come in. This new addition of the MamaBirthie is helping pave the way for the future of healthcare.

Learn about the current equipment we’re funding here, or by getting in touch with Aimee Nygaard.