Hollingsworth DesignsLynne Hollingsworth

Derby Royal Birth Centre Mural Enhancement Project

October 2013

The Birth Centre at Derby Royal Hospital launches in November 2013. Lynne has created an environment which looks non-clinical with a lot of emphasis on colour and light.

“non-clinical with a lot of emphasis on colour and light”

The Birth Centre at Derby Royal Hospital launches in November 2013. Lynne has created an environment which looks non-clinical with a lot of emphasis on colour and light. Every year, about 6,000 women give birth at the hospital – with an average of 17 births each day. Between 1,200 and 1,300 are considered "low-risk" – which means there is a good chance they will have a normal pregnancy and delivery. Maggie Coombs, senior midwife for low-risk at Derby's hospitals, said these women could choose the option to have their baby at home – but many do not because they feel safer or more comfortable in the hospital. At the same time, she said they wanted one-to-one care from a midwife in a "private and friendly" setting, without emphasis on medical intervention.

The Birth Centreis a very special place. The mural enhancement designs create a strong sense of caring and nurturing that is aimed at all users of the department, including both male and female. The work is designed to be a focal point without being overpowering or overbearing. The work features across the following areas:

  • Midwife-base
  • Reception
  • Corridors
  • Doorways
  • Kitchen

The designs for the mural enhancements at all stages have been very carefully considered to ensure the resulting artwork has longevity, fits into its surroundings, and evokes a feeling of calmness and reassurance.

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