Designing for postnatal care in Nepal
In the spring of 2019, three students conducted their master’s project on women’s maternal healthcare in Nepal. Having limited prior knowledge regarding the circumstances of Nepalese women, they needed to build a solid foundation of knowledge of the users, their environment, and the challenges that Nepalese women face. Through design research, co-creative sessions, and two trips to Nepal, a new postnatal healthcare service was developed.
Nepal is one of the world’s least developed countries. It is also among the countries with the highest maternal and neonatal mortality rates in the world. Postnatal care is a critical time as serious and life threatening complications for mother and newborn often occur during this period. Despite this, less than 20 % of new mothers in Nepal attend the three recommended postnatal checkups within the first week after delivery. This is primarily due to lack of education around maternal care, and women often being prevented access to treatment due to decisions by the family.