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Table 1 Main differences between the new room and the regular room

From: Room4Birth - the effect of an adaptable birthing room on labour and birth outcomes for nulliparous women at term with spontaneous labour start: study protocol for a randomised controlled superiority trial in Sweden

Content New room Regular birthing room
Size 23.8 m2 19 m2
Entrance hall Yes, 3 m2 No
Toilet with shower Yes Yes
Bathtub Yes No
Window, opening Yes, hidden if media installation in use Yes
Lighting Yes, several options with dimming function Yes, several options, no dimming
Silencer Yes, a 40-mm suspended sound absorber in the ceiling No
Media installation Yes, installation covers two walls, including the window. Offers choice of programmed nature scenes with light, sound effects and music No
Birthing bed, ordinary Yes, covered with homelike bedspread Yes, no bedspread
Medico technical equipment Yes, hidden behind a wood-panel wall, which is rolled up when necessary Yes, fully visible
Rounded corners on furniture Yes, some No
Sofa Yes, can be converted to an extra bed for companion No
Chair for companion Yes, designed for comfort, adjustable height Yes, ordinary model
Mirror Yes Yes
Pilates ball Yes No
Birth support rope Yes No
Cabinet for personal belongings Yes, with ability to recharge electronic devices such as mobile phone No