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It is important that women and their families can walk outside, especially when they are in early labour. The garden area should be quiet and private so that women feel safe and can be uninhibited when in labour.

Lepori, B., Foureur, M., & Hastie, C. (2008). Mindbodyspirit architecture: creating birth space. In K. Fahy, M. Foureur & C. Hastie (Eds.), Birth territory and midwifery guardianship (pp 95-112). Edinburgh: Elsevier.
Stewart, S. (2009). What women want in the place where they give birth. Accessed 30 March, 2009, from