Lab.our
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Showcasing Birth in Progress: A walk-in maternity ward and co-design exhibition
June 10, 2016
By Lab.our Ward Team

An important milestone to the Lab.our Ward project took place on the last week of May, when the team exhibited various prototypes and design proposals for future maternity wards as a part of the triennial Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Birth in Progress: A walk-in maternity ward and co-creation exhibition

Birth in Progress: A walk-in maternity ward and co-creation exhibition

The exhibition, entitled Birth in Progress, showcased 30 different works-in-progress in an attempt to start a dialogue around improving the experience of a woman going through the process – and facility – of giving birth. The design proposals exhibited aim at improving the experience of the woman in labour especially focusing on improved communication, increased safety and a more individualized and empathic approach to intrapartum care.

View to the Reception Desk - behind on the wall the Journey Model

View to the Reception Desk – behind on the wall the Journey Model

Structured around a Journey Model, the exhibition walked the visitor through the Arrival, Admission, Labour, Delivery and Postpartum steps of a childbirth, reminding us that labour and birth are not only an emotional journey for the new family, but also a physical journey through a health care facility. And how the facility, its services and products are designed matters.

Feedback and co-creation on design proposals

During the Women Deliver conference, we requested maternal health advocates and practitioners to provide feedback and take part in co-design activities. This allowed our team to gather both qualitative and quantitative feedback on the design proposals which are now collated into improvements in the prototypes. Afterwards, these prototypes and design proposals will be released into public domain. We are also working on making the Birth in Progress co-design exhibition into a ‘suitcase model’ for further exhibiting in facilities.

Birth in Progress in pictures

PRONTO International's trainers Susanna Cohen and Solange Madriz with M4ID's Veronica Bluguermann as a birth companion demonstrating the use of the movable delivery stool, one the design proposals on show at Birth in Progress

PRONTO International’s trainers Susanna Cohen and Solange Madriz with M4ID’s Veronica Bluguermann as a birth companion demonstrating the use of the movable delivery stool, one the design proposals on show at Birth in Progress

Here public health researcher and Lab.our Ward team member Olabunmi Ojelade presents a digital check-in concept to a conference attendee. The digital concept aims to facilitate identication, registration and urgency assessment of a woman arriving to the facility

Here public health researcher and Lab.our Ward team member Olubunmi Ojelade presents a digital check-in concept to a conference attendee. The digital concept aims to facilitate identification, registration and urgency assessment of a woman arriving to the facility

One service design concept tested at the exhibition was a panic button in the post natal ward, drawing attention to post-delivery complications and the need for a functioning alert system.

One service design concept tested at the exhibition was a call for help button in the post natal ward, drawing attention to post-delivery complications and the need for a functioning alert system in sync with the Safe Childbirth Checklist´s recommendation to inform the woman and her companion of ways to call for help in case of danger signs.

The architectural proposals on show focused on creating a modular facility structure that can be adapted and expanded according to the setting and needs of each unique facility.

The architectural proposals on show focused on creating a modular facility structure that can be adapted and expanded according to the setting and needs of each unique facility.

Product designer Amar Shaw is testing a delivery bed prototype with conference attendees. This proposal aims to offer improved comfort in a variety of birth positions.

Product designer Amar Shaw is testing a delivery bed prototype with conference attendees. This proposal aims to offer improved comfort in a variety of birth positions.

 

Many thanks to everyone who visited the exhibition and offer valuable feedback during the three days! If you’d like to stay up to date on future developments, please sign up to our mailing list or contact us via email, labourward (a) m4id.fi.

Read more about the design proposals exhibited with Birth in Progress from Maternal Health Task Force.

View more photos from the Birth in Progress exhibition.

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