Pictured, from left, are Shelbyville senior Pamela Erinson, SFA simulation lab assistant Katy Trotty, SimMom and Port Neches senior Rachel Birdsong.

The Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing at Stephen F. Austin State University recently was the first teaching facility in the state of Texas to acquire SimMom, a high-fidelity mannequin that simulates labor and delivery processes. SimMom is used by faculty members in the nursing school's Ed and Gwen Cole Simulation Laboratory to simulate for SFA nursing students many aspects of the birthing process, including delivery of a 5-pound baby. The state-of-the-art mannequin also breathes, talks and has a pulse.