Update from the Lab.our Ward: Sharing concept proposals, low fidelity testing and design strategy development
18 lokakuun, 2016
By Lab.our Ward Team

Lab.our Ward, the innovation project seeking to ideate new ways to improve the experience of a woman giving birth in a facility, began in December 2015. The multidisciplinary project team first conducted five months of human-centered design research into current problems and opportunities and in May 2016, presented many initial concepts to hundreds of maternal and newborn health experts in the global Women Deliver conference.

Since then, some of the design proposals have undergone another round of iteration and are being prepared for low fidelity facility testing and eventual piloting.

Design Proposals’ Gallery

To seek feedback and initiate discussion on the design proposals, we’ve uploaded some of the concepts to a Proposal Gallery, including

  • Modular architectural plan
  • Interior design suggestions
  • Job aids and communication tools
  • Products and furniture

Please go through the entries and leave feedback: What thoughts they inspire in you? How and if would you use them in your work?

Next Steps: Designing a Suitcase Lab.our Ward Model

Lab.our ward suitcase model is a set of conversation tools to enable better dialogue around quality of care.

Lab.our ward suitcase model is a set of conversation tools to enable better dialogue around quality of care.

In our work we believe in testing and user feedback. That’s why we are currently developing a portable design toolkit of Lab.our Ward. The toolkit, called a “suitcase model” of the project, would show examples of how the proposals could be used, allowing facility managers to consider how to apply the model or parts of it in their own facilities. In addition to this the suitcase model can be used as a conversation tool for quality of care improvement discussion highlighting how architecture, services and products can positively influence the provision and experience of care.

Some of the concepts we are developing at the moment include:

  • Tool to enable dialogue around quality of care
  • Facility assessment tool
  • Intervention strategy using the Lab.our ward model

The Lab.our ward model, currently in early development stage, is an intervention strategy and design concept addressing Quality of Care at three layers of the facility: structure, services and products in alignment with the eight domains of WHO’s Quality of Care Framework.

The first version of the model is expected to be ready in December 2016. Would you like to learn more? Please email

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For more information about the project and its progress so far, please download the project interim report.

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