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Just wondering if anyone has bought one of the $100 ish birthing tubs and used it for a water birth. My midwife has recommended a woman in our area who rents really cushy tubs with heaters and filters for about $400, which we may end up doing, but it just seems like so much money. This is in all likelihood my last baby, so if we do buy something it won't be the sort of thing that gets used over again. Does anyone have any recommendations or have one in particular that they really liked?
I wouldn't recommend spending a whole lot of money. I planned to have a waterbirth with our fifth (first homebirth) but when I was in labor I couldn't stand being in that bath... We had a garden tub, so it was not a big deal. I would have hated to buy/rent an expensive tub and then end up not using it!
My friend who is a midwife had her water baby in a kiddie pool.
~Jennifer, wife of one, mother of many
Robert: 20 Raechel: 18 Daniel: 15 Joseph: 13 Thomas: 10 Mary Mae: 7 Lucy Marie: 5 John Anthony: 2 AND Baby due Dec. 2015
Always Missing our Angels: Hope (7-8-06 @36w); Francis (7-4-12 @12w); Charlie (1-19-15 @ 6w)
Congratulations Raechel and Kaleb, married May, 2015
It was awesome! Get a pump (cheap) and just refill with warm water. We got an adapter from lowes that was $5 if that, and just hooked up a marine grade hose to it, ran it to the tub & filled it with hot water that way eliminating the need for a heater/etc.
It has a cushioned bottom (a MUST have), and the walls are insulated to keep it warm, plus it has handles inside
We bought a La Bassine from yourwaterbirth.com[/b]
I have to say though, that I would have LOVED this tub if it had been a foot or two longer, just because of my preferred birthing style. I like to float totally unsupported except my head/neck and this tub was not long enough to be totally stretched out. However, in retrospect it worked for me and served it's purpose. If I have another home waterbirth I will PROBABLY use it again. It held the heat VERY WELL. If they make one that has a longer length I would buy that instead...but if not...I'd stick with my standard La Bassine. It is very sturdy and firm...the walls are strong enough to support your full weight without sinking down. I didn't find the handles useful for me but I can see that they'd be a God send for some laboring/birth positions and for changing positions. I was only in the tub 12 minutes before my baby was born. I labor out of water and I go through the transition and birth in the water. Hope this helps...
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~
I've never done a waterbirth, this will be my first (depending on if my body WANTS to be in water or not, lol) I am buying a $38 (shipping included) birthing pool from birthwithlove.com. I will be ordering it this week, I am so excited!!! I wish you the best, and hope you find what you are looking for.
I like the La Bassine also. It's what I have in my kit that I loan to clients for their births.
Barbara Harper has a birth pool that she's designed at www.waterbirth.org. The large size looks to be just a tad bigger than the La Bassine and the small just a tad (like 10 gallons or so) smaller than the LB. Her pools are VERY new and won't even be available to ship until June, though.
Charlotte, midwife mama to Samuel and Atley, mourning the loss of our "March Baby"