• Fadzidah Abdullah International Islamic University Malaysia
  • Liyana
  • Mohd Raziff British Malaysian Institute, University of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Zeenat International Islamic University Malaysia
  • Aida International Islamic University Malaysia


Women during the postpartum period are vulnerable to the problems of mental health. Having manifold emotional, behavioural, and physiological changes in their lives, postpartum women experience negative impacts on their thought, feeling, behaviours, and relationships with others. Some women need special rehabilitative spaces to reduce the negative impacts of postpartum depression. Architectural solutions with designated spatial provisions may help postpartum women to curb the negativity during their confinement stage. Hence, this research intends to analyse the spatial requirement of confinement facilities based on precedent studies that support the psychological and physical needs of postpartum depression women. This research was conducted using a qualitative approach, where precedent studies of postpartum confinement centres were analysed and compared via table research to generate spatial requirements for the effective rehabilitation of postpartum depression women. Researchers conducted interview sessions with experts to substantiate the finding of earlier comparisons. Researchers hoped that the finding of this research could outline the optimum spatial requirements for the design of a confinement centre to support the psychological and physical needs of postpartum depression women, especially those in Malaysia. The research would also serve as a platform for an effective architectural solution for reducing the negative impacts of postpartum depression among women.

Author Biography

Fadzidah Abdullah, International Islamic University Malaysia

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fadzidah Abdullah  has been working in IIUM for more than 22 years. In 1998, she was among those pioneers who worked hard into establishing the Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design (KAED), International Islamic University Malaysia. Prior to become an academician, Dr. Fadzidah had experienced working in private architectural firm for 3 years, and later in Public Work Department of Malaysia (JKR) for another 3 years. Dr. Fadzidah has held some administrative posts such as Head of Department of Architecture, and Academic Advisor; for both programs of Bachelor of Architecture, and Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies.

Dr. Fadzidah Abdullah completed her PhD in Architecture in 2006, at the University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom. In 2001, she was conferred with M.Sc. in Computer Aided Environmental Design (CAED), at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. She obtained her first degree in Bachelor of Architecture, from Texas Technology University, United States, in December 1992.

Dr. Fadzidah is actively involved in doing research in the area of architectural education, architectural heritage, inclusive design, and computer aided design (CAD). She also has the interest on advancing architectural education using contemporary technology, by expanding the usage of virtual reality into exploring the potential of augmented reality in CAD. Dr. Fadzidah Abdullah has published more than 100 articles in journals, conference papers, and books. She has been appointed as co-editors for several journal at national and international levels.




How to Cite

Abdullah, F., Yusoff, L., Abd Razak, M. R., Yusof, Z. B., & Azmin, A. K. (2021). ANALYSIS OF SPATIAL REQUIREMENT FOR CONFINEMENT CENTRE TO SUPPORT THE NEEDS OF WOMEN WITH POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION . Journal of Architecture, Planning and Construction Management, 11(2). Retrieved from