Herning Hospital

Case study


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.

Creating a more soothing delivery process reduces 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.

The future delivery room



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

I can be a better midwife and a better person in the new delivery room.Marianne, a midwife

Status on randomized clinical study

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

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


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

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)