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I really want a water birth. The pool I want is a La Bassine. Well my midwife just emailed me and told me that someine is supposed to be giving her a La Bassine. So that means I would only have to pay $15 for the liner.
Now my questions. How long before I give birth would my midwife be there? My midwife is a little over an hour away. Did you use your pool before the day your baby was born for relaxing or what ever? Did you use it after the birth?
I guess I am just thinking that I would prefer to have the tub ahead of time incase I want to use it, but it would be nice to save money too.
Would you have prefered to borrow one or have your own so you could use it when you wanted it?
Jenny - Wife to James - Mommy to Amara(6) and Kayori(4)
missing our Angels 2001, 2005, and 2010
Well, if you are seeing your midwife for prenatal appointments - you'll have plenty of opportunities to have everything ready in advance, including the pool. I'm pretty sure our midwife gave me my birth kit, the pool, and all of that by 35 weeks so it was all ready go whenever I decided to go into labour. Plus, she's 2.5 hours away in the US and we're in Canada, so it didn't make any sense to have her carry everything at the last minute - that's 2.5 hours of labour (or more if she gets delayed at the border) that I could be relaxing in my pool!
We set up our pool in advance before each birth just to double check that it had no leaks or anything, then we deflated it again until the big day. We plan to let the kids use it for swimming in summer, but since I had my first homebirth 2 years ago they have still been too small for it so we haven't actually done it yet.
I didn't use it for relaxing in before birth, no. I just used my regular bathtub for that. The pool takes awhile to fill, and awhile to empty.
I preferred to have my own, but that's just because I'm sort of a germophobe. LOL
We bought our pool, so it was here well ahead of time (my midwife didn't have her own) - but we didn't inflate it until I was actually in labor. It would've been way too much trouble, IMO, to inflate and fill just to relax in before the birth. I had planned to use it as a kiddie pool this summer, but I think DH and FIL ruined it during the emptying and removing process.
As for how long before giving birth your midwife will be there...guess it just depends on your preferences. Mine was 2.5 hours away and ended up getting lost trying to find us - in the middle of nowhere, and in the middle of the night. She was here for three hours before Amelia was born. I already had DH inflating and positioning the pool while she was on her way here. If you decide to use hers, will she let you take it ahead of time so you could do the same?
mom to Rachael, 10 ~ Milly, 6 ~ foster mom (waiting on the next call)
Personally if I were renting (we bought the La Bassine btw, LOVED IT!), then I would just request it be set up (minus the water of course) at least a week before my due date - 2 weeks if nobody else was waiting to use it.
We didnt use ours before hand (except to sit in it to make sure it was fully inflated & roomy enough, which it was to both!), and we have been planning to use ours since then but havent gotten around toit. but you can bet that this summer you WILL be able to find me with the La Bassine set up in the yard & playing with the kiddos! lol.