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April 17th, 2010, 06:50 PM
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My midwife has a few different tubs that she offers. I'm not sure if we'll have our choice when the time comes (we might just get whatever she has, since she has a few other families and she rents the tubs out as well) I was pretty sure that we wanted the birth pool in a box, but I was looking at the comparison chart that she has on her website yesterday. La Bassine says that it holds 100 gallons of water, which is "just enough to cover your belly but not too much to tax your water heater." The other tubs hold 170 gallons. is 100 gallons really enough? And is 170 really going to drain the water heater or take too long to fill?

Our first home visit is in two weeks and she's going to be looking at our water supply options. She seems to think that we can fill it directly from our water heater (which will be only a few yards from where the pool is) I didn't know that is possible. Anyway, we're going to discuss the tub options then, and I'm wondering if the 100 gallons is big enough. She also has an Aquaborn and I like that one because it has a lid to keep the water warm. Is that something to consider too? It also has handles on the outside, and some on the inside. The Birth Pool in a Box has exterior handles only (none on the inside to hang onto during labor, and while entering the tub) and le bassinne only has handles on the inside, none on the outside. Is that something to consider? How hard is it to get in/out of the tub without handles? Would you want handles on the inside to hang onto during labor?
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April 17th, 2010, 08:01 PM
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I had the birth pool in a box and thought it was perfect with the amount of water. It went up to my chest when I sat on the floor of it. It also had a seat and handles. They kept it warm, we didn't have a heater hooked up and were in distance of a sink so my husband just turned on the hot water to replenish the heat.

I think it was easy to get in and out without using the handles. My husband held my hands as I climbed out.
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April 18th, 2010, 08:07 AM
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I'm using the Birth Pool in a Box. I haven't used it before, but I am feeling pretty confident with our choice. Good luck!
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April 18th, 2010, 08:36 AM
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we used a bassine and I'm glad it wasn't deeper. It was pefect, but Kya had a short cord and if it had been ANY deeper we would have had to cut her cord just to bring her out of the water. As it was we struggled to keep her head out of the water.
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April 18th, 2010, 10:24 AM
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Do you think it would still work if we used one of the other tubs and only filled it with 100 gallons, or would they be too shallow (longer or wider tubs, maybe?) I guess in the end it won't make that much of a difference, I'm just trying to figure out what would be the easiest and most comfortable
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April 18th, 2010, 01:17 PM
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not sure... can you compare them for size? My guess is that 100 gallons would hit differently on your belly between different tubs...
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April 18th, 2010, 05:24 PM
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I bought a La Bassine on my midwife's recommendation. She has 2 clients who used one recently and said it would be perfect for me due to not having a lot of space for a pool. But she also said that it would cover my belly just fine.
I didn't really think or worry too much about handle positions, but if I had to pick one I think I'd prefer them on the inside. I'm sure someone will be there to help me in and out of the pool when the time comes.
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April 18th, 2010, 08:26 PM
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I just go a la bassine. Here were my thoughts - I wanted the inside handles for pushing, I like how it looks (and pretty does matter ), I'm sure my water tank will fill it, and it was easy to get here.
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