Summary As students are expected to apply their knowledge in clinical settings educators need to use learning strategies that provide students with experiences that facilitate knowledge application. The use of simulations has been identified to be such a strategy. However, their use in the classroom has been described as burdensome for educators. Consequently educators may avoid using them. This paper describes the experience of an educator preparing, implementing and evaluating the use of simulations with midwifery students. In conclusion, the educator found the experience to be worthwhile and well received by students.