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.
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:
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.