Wollongong Hospital Birthing Unit
NSW Health – Illawarra and Shoalhaven Local Health District
Gran undertook a complete refurbishment of Wollongong Hospital’s Birthing unit. The new facility, opened in July 2020, offers seven state-of-the art birthing suites.
The design revolved around the notion of making a soothing, warm, welcoming space for women to birth their babies in a calm and domestic environment. Simultaneously, the ward is fully equipped with all of the technology needed should a medical or surgical intervention be required. Hi-tech equipment is kept right at hand, but in specially designed cabinetry so that it’s not obvious and threatening.
The hospital was keen to offer women a range of facilities and options to aid their labour, so some of the suites are equipped with items like birthing baths and Rebozo slings.
A core element of all of the design ideas is that the birthing mother is at the very center of the space. The anthropomorphic reception desk in the shape of a pregnant belly is a warm and relatable welcome to the women and their support team as they arrive. We’re told that everyone rubs it!