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U.S. Sen. Smith comes to Cloquet

Unique unit highlighted at hospital

U.S. Senator Tina Smith visited Community Memorial Hospital earlier this month and delivered a baby.

Neither the mother nor the baby were real - both are part of the hospital's birth simulation training program, a high-tech lifelike experience that allows doctors, nurses, students and even senators to practice a wide range of live birth scenarios, from a cesarean section to breech birth to postpartum hemorrhaging.

"At 3 a.m. it's them and the nurses," explained CMH CEO Rick Breuer. "That's why this training is so important: you can practice the routine and t...