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My midwife talked about that at our last visit. There is a woman in our area who rents really nice ones with heaters and filters and stuff for about $400. She comes and sets it all up about 2 weeks before your due date and leaves it for two weeks after. It does seem a little pricey, but probably well worth it. I assume its pretty common, maybe talk to you midwife and see if she knows of any rentals.
$400!?!?!?! We bought ours for $100! Granted we didnt buy the heater, filter, etc... but we didnt really need it. We did need a pump and a hose, and we could have bought a heater but even if we had it wouldnt have been NEAR $400!
I know there are some fancy ones, so Im not really surprised.
What you do want to look for is one that has a cushioned bottom - those will be VERY important lol.
Heres the one I bought: it has great insulated walls, retained the water temp great, and was easy to put up, fill, empty & take down:
I also have the MADE IN WATER birthing tub that LaLa mentioned.
I also bought mine from http://yourwaterbirth.com/
I haven't "used" it yet but will be soon so I'll post a review on here after the birth. I don't plan on using it as much for early LABOR as for the actual transition/birth. It's not as long as I'd like but I'm just going to have to do things a little differently this time around...try some diff. positions and such.
ESTHER GRACE WAS BORN ON MARCH 23RD, 2009: 4:15 PM, 9 POUNDS, 20.5 INCHES. ANOTHER WONDERFUL HOME WATER BIRTH!!!
The world today is upside down because there is so very little love in the home, and in family life. We have no time for each other. Everybody is in such a terrible rush, and so anxious…and in the home begins the disruption of the peace of the world. -Mother Teresa~
Some people use the kiddie pools too...the three ring ones with the cushioned bottoms. I have one to use in case I have a waterbirth this time around. Its the bargain basement of birthing tubs for broke mommas like me. LOL. My MW said they keep the water warm by using a bucket to bail and a pot of water warmed on the stove to heat it up. Hey..its an option.
Jenifer....The Queen Bee
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