Designing For Safety In Labor & Delivery ME 359--(winter 2016) This class was inspired by research I am participating in regarding how to improve safety in labor and delivery, funded by an AHRQ grant. Dr. Henry Lee, and I informed students about challenges in the L&D environment through direct observation in a simulated environment and the hospital. Simultaneously, we studied the users: their environment, protocols, communication and behavior. Our goal was to identify need spaces that could lead to product, system or service innovation and improve safety and quality of care. Student groups had structured access to clinicians at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, as well as parents for conducting ethnography. Field trips to LPCH and The Kaiser Garfield Healthcare Innovation Center were planned as well. Physical prototypes and/or scenarios were tested and presented at CAPE’s simulation lab in order to give students a realistic environment in which to evaluate and present their ideas.