Recent international research has demonstrated that refinements in practical birthing techniques can prevent injuries and result in better outcomes for both mother and baby. The ‘Sophie’ mannequin is the only realistic mother / baby training mannequin that is specifically intended to allow obstetricians, registrars and midwives to practice and refine techniques that reduce women suffering from traumatic and painful birthing injuries and that are also safer for the baby. Sophie is a new-born baby weighing 3.2 kg and she contains a fully articulated metal skeleton that behaves as a human skeleton does. Sophie’s Mum has a full pelvis, the joints of which are slightly loosened to simulate the movement in those joints during childbirth. This donation to the Wellington Hospital’s Women’s Health team was made possible by the generosity of our supporters and RG Bell Charitable Trust.