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Birthing Simulator Teaching Staff At Finley Hospital

Staff at Finley Hospital in Dubuque can learn about various issues that happen during delivery...
Staff at Finley Hospital in Dubuque can learn about various issues that happen during delivery with this new birthing simulator. (Charles Schurmann, KCRG-TV9)(KCRG)
Published: Feb. 10, 2016 at 6:38 PM CST
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Finley Hospital in Dubuque now has a new birthing simulator to help educate staff members.

Families of long time Finley nurses, Beth Hoefer and Mary Riegler, donated the Noelle Birthing Simulator. It gives a real-life simulation of a woman giving birth, complete with fetal heart sounds and a removable abdominal cover.

Birthing Unit Manager Jenni Scott says it also prepares nurses for any complications that might come up during a delivery.

"We can simulate decreased heart rate, which happens all the time," said Scott. "And the nurses have to go through the right steps to correct it."

Family of Hoefer and Riegler were on hand for the unveiling of the simulator Wednesday.

"Education was very important to her," said Rene Kaesbauer, Mary Riegler's daughter. "She was very involved in starting up the neonatal ICU. That was her baby, literally."

Hoefer and Riegler worked for decades in the birthing unit at Finley Hospital.