The living area is for the use of the labouring woman, her family and supporters. It is important that the labouring woman can choose to labour in a variety of locations, using the distractions, furniture and other props available in the different rooms as she feels necessary. This is a domestic space that will be familiar and comforting to the woman and her supporters. Childbirth can be a long and intense process and it is also important that children, family members and supporters can entertain, nourish and refresh themselves as necessary. Supporters also need a comfortable place to spend time when the labouring woman requires privacy or sleep.
Stewart, S. (2009). What women want in the place where they give birth. Accessed 30 March, 2009, from http://sarah-stewart.blogspot.com/2009/01/what-women-want-in-place-where-they.html