This project focuses on addressing issues with previous delivery table designs by proposing a new design specifically tailored to the Indian context. The objective is to meet the needs of all stakeholders involved in the labor process, improving the efficiency and quality of clinical practice.
The research begins by studying the historical evolution of labor practices and their adaptation to technological advancements. Additionally, various childbirth practices in labor rooms across India and other countries are examined to gain a comprehensive understanding of the subject and ensure the proposed design meets the specific needs of the Indian context.
The project involves a thorough analysis of different brand products, considering their advantages and disadvantages. While there are good beds available in the market, their high cost limits their adoption by corporate hospitals in India. Many private hospitals still rely on uncomfortable old metal beds. The target audience for the new design is the sector that requires an affordable yet efficient solution.
To gather necessary insights, the project involves task observations, interviews, surveys, and visits to different locations. Extensive fieldwork, including 15 trips to cities and towns in south India, is conducted. The findings from primary research are then compared with existing literature to solidify the core requirements.
Each component of the design is conceptualized, exploring multiple ideas and aligning them with the research findings. Finally, a 3D CAD model is developed as the result of this comprehensive process.