The future delivery room


At Hospital Unit West in Herning, we worked with midwives and researchers in exploring how devices, light, and sound design could create a more soothing atmosphere for a future delivery room. By removing stress, oxytocin production is increased and a natural birth is promoted, reducing the amount of medication, surgery, hospital returns, while creating a better overall patient satisfaction.

The hypothesis is that we can create this soothing setting for births through comforting decor and relaxing moods from nature in the delivery room, and thus speak to the human subconscious.


If we can create a more soothing birthing process, we will reduce the number of birth stop, epidoral blockades and decrease the amount of lobby stimulating drops. we are currently researching how the new delivery room affect patients and staff at Herning Birth Center.

Since May 2015 we have been working with experts in midwife training from the University of Southern Denmark and Northern Jutland University College, as well as with researchers from Aalborg University and Act2Learn Technology at Northern Jutland University College to investigate how a more relaxing delivery room can affect patients. The study is being performed as a randomized survey with 600 women in labor as the basis, with results to be published november 2017.


Design principles:

Ability for the couple to set the mood in the room

Involvement of the partner not giving birth

Ability to monitor the birth process

Increase opportunities for physical activity and mobility

Creation of a safe and secure delivery environment

Status on randomized clinical study


There have been more than
0
births in Herning Hospital's new delivery room

Data is collected from more than
500
births in the delivery room, results nov. 2017

Reactions

Experts in delivery room design have determined that it is important for the woman’s sense of security that she can selectively choose projections and lighting, which she associates with relaxation and positive experiences so as not to provoke her senses.Ellen Aagaard Nøhr, Professor and midwife, University of Southern Denmark
At least for my part, things had gone absolutely perfectly. We committed ourselves to one and a half or two hours in the delivery room, during which time my girlfriend gave birth. We enjoyed how the light would dim, and then the waves in the mood would slowly come rolling in. It was absolutely fantastic.Jesper, a father
I can be a better midwife and a better person in the new delivery room.Marianne, a midwife

Watch Peter Qvortrup Geisling’s report on the new delivery room at Herning Hospital (Danish)

As Rie was taken into the delivery room, I could physically see her shoulders lowering significantly. The stress disappeared from her face and she even commented on how nice it felt to be in a room that evoked a sense of home. I sat Rie and Tue on the couch and set the mood to a forest scene and dimmed the lights. It was almost as if you could feel the oxytocin beginning to flow.Stine, midwife for a woman who had been very anxious to give birth
The room did not feel like a hospital in any way. It could just as easily have been a hotel suite, or a home for that matter, if someone had the opportunity to have so many projectors. There was a homely comfort that just made you feel good.Morten, a father
The delivery room combines two emotions: the feeling of home equity and the feeling of being in nature. We are exploring the effects of multi-sensory stimulation in relation to health-promoting architecture.Henriette Svenstrup, Quality and Innovation, Herning

Presentation of the new delivery room from Gynzone (Danish)

Recommendations

The new birth room has been developed through an exciting and rewarding collaboration with MODOS. MODOS has great enthusiasm, which is very contagious and has given us the confidence to move ahead with the project. Once we came up with an idea, MODOS took it a step further and helped us to realise our ambitions. It’s great to work with professionals with so much knowledge, and MODOS has been a great source of inspiration in linking sound, light, and images together. We could not wish for a better partner.Chief Midwife Ann Fogsgaard and Quality and Development Midwife Henriette Svenstrup, Hospital Unit West, Herning.