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.
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.
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
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.