November 29, 2022

Throughout her being pregnant, Janhavi Nilekani, founder and chairperson of the Aastrika Basis, a Bangalore, India-based non-governmental group working to enhance maternal care throughout the nation, says she needed to journey outdoors her hometown to search out the birthing expertise she was in search of.

Though high-quality amenities exist, they sometimes don’t have the area or infrastructure that promote a midwifery-led mannequin of care. Moreover, the hospitals are typically extra scientific as a substitute of providing mother-centric touches that assist scale back stress and assist the most effective birthing outcomes.

Impressed by her expertise, Nilekani, a growth economist by coaching, says she determined to create the muse. In September 2021, the primary Aastrika Midwifery Middle opened in Bangalore, India.

The Mumbai-based department of Perkins Eastman delivered the programming, planning, and inside design on the mission. The brand new facility gives each outpatient and inpatient providers, with a concentrate on selling pure childbirth by means of a midwifery mannequin of care.

“The objectives had been to create a spot the place the design actually supported the most effective well being consequence [and] to be a spot that felt joyful and welcoming,” says Nilekani. “Beginning isn’t a illness. You’re increasing or creating your loved ones, and it ought to be a spot that feels constructive, welcoming, and joyful.”

Supportive design options

The brand new 5,300-square-foot middle is about on the primary ground of Vasavi Hospital, a multispecialty hospital that features obstetrics, a neonatal intensive care unit, and surgical providers. The association allowed each establishments to mutually broaden their choices and supply the middle with entry to emergency care, if wanted.

The midwifery middle contains two outpatient rooms and a birthing unit comprising two labor and supply rooms and three antepartum/postpartum rooms with area for enlargement.

A colourful hall loops round a centrally situated nurses’ station within the birthing unit. It serves as a labor lounge the place girls can keep energetic throughout labor, a method that’s been proven to result in higher outcomes for moms, Nilekani says.

The spacious 460-square-foot labor and supply rooms are positioned on the periphery of the hall so sufferers can profit from pure mild. Every room options an ensuite lavatory, area for train gear (equivalent to a ceiling-mounted beginning rope), and a bath for water births or immersion for ache administration.

Calming clinic setting

The room layouts additionally combine audio visible “sensory expertise” with calming imagery and specialty lighting—marking a primary in India.

“The sensory expertise creates an immersive, calming setting for the mom, supporting her whereas in labor,” says Tania Phillips, affiliate principal at Perkins Eastman (Mumbai), who led the mission.

Inside design particulars add to the middle’s heat, residential aesthetic, together with wooden supplies and pops of shade.

For instance, vibrant vinyl flooring with blue, yellow, and inexperienced highlights adorn the labor lounge hall. Wooden paneling is featured within the nurses’ station and light-weight wooden cabinetry within the affected person rooms conceals midwifery and medical gear.

“We needed girls to be snug and to really feel like this isn’t an intimidating, scientific setting. The cheerful inside was supposed to lift the power stage of the area to make each moms and midwives really feel just a little extra energetic,” Phillips says.

Joann Plockova is a contract author primarily based between Jupiter, Fla., and Prague, Czech Republic. She could be reached at


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