To get some insight as to what these dummies exactly do and what the learning process for childbirth looks like, BuzzFeed spoke to Virginia-based registered nurse Ione Lennox-Hottle. Ione has been a labor and delivery/postpartum/nursery nurse for two years.
Ione has had several behind-the-scenes childbirth TikToks go viral. She told BuzzFeed that staff members and students use the childbirth dolls to practice responding to maternal emergencies, such as postpartum hemorrhage, shoulder dystocia, code situations, and more.
"We also have the baby dummies for neonatal resuscitation practice. It’s sad but it happens, and we want to be educated and ready to make the best outcome," she added.
Ione said the dolls are very neat to work with. "She is plugged into an outlet for power, as well as connected to Bluetooth so we can control her vital signs, voice, and different situations on a tablet," she explained.
Ione is happy her birthing TikToks are getting attention, but she says the real thing is much messier. "If people are freaked out by this super clean, smooth delivery with our doll, then they do not want to be in a real delivery room when it’s really going down!"
"I’ve noticed most of my commenters have no idea about where babies come from, or more so how they come out," explained Ione, stating how she plans to do more educational TikToks surrounding childbirth.