BY-CZ - 182 - Obstetrics 2.0 – virtual models for injury prevention during childbirth

Program for cross-border cooperation of Free State of Bavaria – Czech Republic. "Cíl EÚS" 2014 - 2020, 1. 1. 2018 – 31. 12. 2020, project no. 182.


New Technologies – Research Centre (Department of Human Body Models), Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg, Charles University (Faculty of Medicine in Pilsen).


The main aim of the project was to create virtual models and their applications for the evaluation and optimization of the so-called manual perineal protection (MPP). This is a method of assisting the obstetrician during vaginal delivery, which can significantly reduce the risk of injury to the mother. The implementation of this method is highly dependent on its correctness and implementation. The use of sophisticated methods of computer modeling in the project made it possible for the first time to present an optimal description of manual assistance in childbirth. The results included the creation of a detailed musculoskeletal model of the hand and an optimized process of the MPP method. The results were presented through papers at international conferences, workshops and publications in scientific journals.

Selected results:

  •     Model:

Detailed muscle-skeletal model of the hand part of the AnyBodyModeling System repository here:

  •     Data:

Accurate geometric map of human hand muscles and tendons here:

  •     Publications:

Havelková L, Krofta L, Kochová P, Liška V, Kališ V, Feyereisl J. Persistent occiput posterior position and stress distribution in levator ani muscle during vaginal delivery computed by a finite element model. Int Urogynecol J. 2020 Jul; 31 (7): 1315-1324. doi: 10.1007 / s00192-019-03997-8. Epub 2019 Jun 13. PMID: 31197428; PMCID: PMC7306020.

Kalis V, Rusavy Z, Havelkova L, Zitka T, Tolar D, Ismail KM. Metrics of perineal support (MOPS) study. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2020 Jun 11; 20 (1): 361. doi: 10.1186 / s12884-020-03042-3. PMID: 32527247; PMCID: PMC7291533.

Engelhardt L, Melzner M, Havelkova L, Fiala P, Christen P, Dendorfer S, Simon U. A new musculoskeletal AnyBody ™ detailed hand model. Comput Methods Biomech Biomed Engin. 2020 Dec 10: 1-11. doi: 10.1080 / 10255842.2020.1851367.

Cechova H, Kalis V, Havelkova L, Rusavy Z, Fiala P, Rybarova M, Hyncik L, Krofta L, Ismail KM. Finite element modeling of maximum stress in pelvic floor structures during the head expulsion (FINESSE) study. Int Urogynecol J. 2021 Apr 2. doi: 10.1007 / s00192-021-04769-z.