Enfold

Childbirth in the Age of

Machines

University of Manitoba

Fall, 2013

The concept that underpins the proposed birth centre was inspired by the hunting and gathering society of the Paleolithic Period (Stone Age). Caves played a fundamental role in Paleolithic society due to their “enfolding” nature. In addition to providing shelter for early humans, they were the place in which mothers gave birth and nurtured their young. Caves were also important religious entities in which people would congregate to perform important spiritual rituals. The interior of the proposed Winnipeg birth centre incorporates integrated “caves” that draw inspiration from those inhabited by the Paleolithic people. These caves provide a secluded haven in which mothers can give birth and welcome their visitors. The proposed materials and colour scheme of the space draw from the prehistoric cave paintings that have been discovered across the world.