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I need to buy myself a birth pool and have no idea where to begin. So if I could get some suggestions on websites, brand names, or ones that you used and loved, that would be just awesome! Also, if you could list features you liked or didn't like. Thank you ladies!
Oh I remember those days - it can be abit overwhelming. So far the best weve found was at www.yourwaterbirth.com
We bought the La Bassine. i personally felt like it was the best for the money, its a popular brand, etc. Its oval - big enough for 2 people without taking up the whole room (6 ft long by 5 ft wide), a cushioned bottom for going easy on your butt & knees, thick insulated walls to hold heat even if you dont ahve a heater (which we didnt), easy to blow up, take down, handles inside for support & comes in wonderfully handy when pushing and just moving a big pregnant butt around lol.
I loved loved loved it. Cant think of anythign I didnt like about it. It was filled up for 4+ hours, and we never had to put any extra water or hot water in it (and the hot water ran out partially through the fill b/c we forgot to adjust our water heater).
Thank you. I have a close friend who had a water birth and this is also the one she used. She also said she loved it and would buy another in a heartbeat. I have found a seller in Canada so I am looking into this one. Thanks for the reply!
I haven't used it yet, but my midwife recommended this one from birthwithsol.com. She's attended births where it was used before and said she's never had any problems with it, and it's been plenty big enough for two people - and only $36.96, so much cheaper than most pools. (They have a smaller one on the same site for even less, but I wanted to be sure I have plenty of room and depth!) So it's here and in a box in the living room...need to get it out and take a closer look now, but I've heard nothing but good things.
mom to Rachael, 10 ~ Milly, 6 ~ foster mom (waiting on the next call)
Most important tip:
1. Inflatable bottom!!!! If you get one with a flat bottom, your butt will be on the hard floor while you labour and your tailbone will not be happy when the birth is finally over. LOL The inflatable bottom is like sitting on a cloud!
Ok this might be a stupid question... but I'm assuming you run a hose of some sort from the kitchen sink? And then how do you get all the water out of the tub? I really do apologize if these are stupid questions, I just don't get it. LOL
I had a water birth with my second, but it was at a birthing center so I had no part of the set up or anything, not to mention it was a real tub. I do want to have a waterbirth at this homebirth in April, but obviously am curious about the logistics.
There are a few ones good for waterbirth on www.preciousarrows.com I'm trying to decide whether to buy one of these or rent the AquaDoula my midwife has......
As for filling & emptying, you can connect a hose either to your washer/dryer connection or to you shower after taking the head off. I don't know if the kitchen sink works. These were the two places my MW said. You'll want a clean hose for this! For emptying you'll want a pump. My MW brings the pump and takes care of that end. Check with yours tto see if they will do it or if you need to figure this out!
You can get a connector & hose from like Lowes (get a marine quality hose) and attach the hose to any regular faucet (bathroom or kitchen) and run it to the tub (just make sure you get a long enough hose!).
To empty - id recommend a pump. You can get them fairly reasonable, you dont need a heavy duty one, and you cna just use a hose to run fromt he pump out the window or into a tub.
We didnt have a pump - so my husband emptied it with a pail - one bucketful at a time lol. When it got low enough for him and another person to carry it outside they did & dumped it lol.