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Serene Birmingham births

The City Hospital in Birmingham is situated in one of the poorest areas of the city and serves a multi-ethnic population. One in three babies is born to a mother born outside the UK. These women are not always familiar with midwifery-led care.

Bithroom at the Serenity Midwifery Birth CentreClear communication and a sense of security were therefore crucial to the interior design. “Given the difficulty of communicating with some of our patients, it was important to create an environment where they could feel safe and supported by our midwives,” says Paul Scott, capital projects manager at the City Hospital.

The Serenity Midwifery Birth Centre provides low-risk women with a tranquil, state-of-the-art place to give birth. But as the Centre is an integral part of the City Hospital, with its busy main buildings, it was a challenge to achieve a quiet, relaxing environment.

Limiting disturbance from surrounding parts of the hospital is a significant part of the solution. “It was an important consideration to get the acoustics right. As its name suggests, we wanted to create a serene and tranquil space in which low-risk patients could feel as comfortable as possible when they give birth,” says Paul Scott. “In addition to the Birth Centre, we’ve used Ecophon acoustic ceilings in a number of clinical areas in the hospital. Anecdotally, we’ve noticed a vast difference in the acoustic quality of all these areas after fitting the acoustic ceilings.”

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Saint-Gobain Ecophon AB
Peterburi tee 75
11415 Tallinn 

Klienditeenindus
Telefon +372 620 9559
katlin@ecophon.ee

Müük
Telefon +372 605 7963; +372 605 7979