Obstetrics 2.0 – virtual models for injury prevention during childbirth

From January 1, 2018, until December 31, 2020, one of our research groups is involved in project Obstetrics 2.0 – virtual models for injury prevention during childbirth supported by Program for cross-border cooperation of Free State of Bavaria – Czech Republic.

During last decades, a significant decrease of risks for mother and child during delivery has been achieved due to progress in medicine. However, the process of childbirth is still accompanied by a substantial uncertainty. Injuries sustained during childbirth may cause long-term or even lifelong damages.

The main aim of this project is to optimize the manual perineal protection (MPP) as a method that decreases injury risk during childbirth. Implementation of this method is dependent on its proper and correct application. Up to date, no exact description of the optimal process of this method has been presented. Therefore, virtual human body models will be developed and improved in order to optimize MPP with respect to ergonomic and biomechanical factors.

The project ensures the close transnational cooperation of several scientific groups: New Technologies – Research Centre (department of Man-Machine Interaction), Institute of Anatomy (Charles University), Biomedical Center (Charles University) and Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg. The total project budget is 631 thousand Euro (after rounding). Of which, the 85% is cover by EU financial support („Cíl EÚS, ERDF“).