Most would agree that Thanksgiving is a time for family gatherings and appreciating life’s gifts. Today’s world of technology is a far cry from the time that the first Thanksgiving took place in 1621. While some consider Thanksgiving a time when technology should not play a role, we at Gaumard disagree. We also view Thanksgiving as a day to ponder the wonders of technology as part of our celebration.
We understand that healthy pregnancies and safe labors and deliveries begin the life process for children with healthy futures. We know that a medical professional’s knowledge and experience make all of the difference. We know that offering hands on experience gives them an intrinsic ability to do more and save more infants when things go wrong.
We are dedicated in our efforts to make a difference in the health of mothers and infants during labor and delivery. We know what medical professionals require in their healthcare training because they tell us. We have the technology to give them what they want and what they need.
Parents hope that their children will not experience major health issues but too often that is not a reality. They assume that their baby’s gestation will come to term but many times that is not the case. When a woman goes into labor and is rushed to a hospital, the first question posed to her is usually, “How long have you been pregnant?” If the answer is close to nine months she will usually be taken to the labor and delivery room. If the answer is substantially shy of nine months the process will be quite different.
When this is the case, often doctors attempt to delay delivery and inject the mother with steroids in order to help speed the development of the infant’s immature lungs. A few days may not seem important but that extra time in the womb can make the difference between life and death. In fact, babies born too early are at the root of the heartbreaking rate of infant mortality in the United States. This year in the United States alone more than 25,000 babies will die hours, days or months after delivery. In the United States, there is an infant mortality rate that is six in 1,000 where there are more than 4.3 million babies born per year.
While infant mortality rates have declined steadily over much of the 20th century, we believe that any number of infant deaths is too great a number. Many credit improved medical knowledge, experience and technology for the decline.
Victoria is just one of our hi-fidelity birthing simulators that can simulate low and high risk deliveries with an endless variation of clinical presentations and she can do so with precise repeatability. This allows learners to resolve situations in a safe environment, improve performance in specific situations and gain valuable experience. Victoria’s newborn is tetherless and beautifully proportioned. He has soft and supple skin that covers his entire body. The newborn’s features and lifelike appearance allow for a more realistic childbirth simulation.
We take great pride in our contribution to helping more mothers and babies survive and thrive in this world of ours. We know that our technology is creating an improved learning environment for healthcare professionals. We look forward to a time when the great number of infant mortalities declines so much that it becomes a concern of the past.
For us, Thanksgiving is a day to recommit to doing all possible to bring them into this world healthy and happy. It is day to recommit to focusing on what is important to ensure that they will have bright and productive futures.
From all of us at Gaumard to all of you, Happy Thanksgiving!