Water Birth

While some women choose to deliver in their bathtubs most women prefer an inflatable tub specifically designed for birth. The pools are cushioned on the bottom, and have inflated sides that are comfortable to lean against and strong enough to lean over. Some of the higher end pools have handles to hold on too which helps some mothers during pushing.

You can place the pool in the center of a room so there is easy access all around. If you don’t have a pump to remove the water we suggest you place the pool closer to a window.

Always test out your fill system to make sure everything is working properly. During labor is not the time to find out the hose adapter doesn’t work!

We ask that you not get a pool that is wider than 60 inches so that our access to you and the baby is not limited.

FYI – a gallon of water weighs a little over eight pounds

The Aquarium Pool can be found under “Options” on our birth kit link. Other pools and water birth supplies are available at:

Birth With Love   

or

Your Water Birth  (discount code is DPulley)

Aquarium Pool

 

60 inches diameter x 22 inches deep
Water Capacity: 110 gallons

Oasis Eco Elite Pool

66 inches x 54 inches x 28 inches deep
Water Capacity: 120 gallons

 Oasis Eco Pool

60 inches diameter x 22 inches deep
Water Capacity: 110 gallons

 Oasis Eco Oval Pool

64 inches x 50 inches x 24 inches deep
Water Capacity: 115 gallons

Mini Birth Pool in a Box

65 inches x 57 inches x 26 inches deep
Water Capacity: 127 gallons 

LA BASSINE Birthing Pool

65 inches x 53 inches x 25 inches deep
Water Capacity: 100 gallons

Pool Supplies:

Pool (approximately 60″ x 22″) with inflatable bottom

·        important for long term comfort!

·        approximately $45-$200

Tarp to put under pool

·        $5 at Home Depot

Air Compressor or device to blow up pool

2 clean Heavy-Duty garden Hoses (preferably one that is for drinking water)

·        $15 at Walmart or Home Depot

1 Faucet adapter

·        from your hot water faucet (kitchen, bathroom, washing machine hook-up, tub, etc) to garden hose size–beware that each faucet has a slightly differing size, so do a trial run before the birth!!!  Do NOT run hose from the hot water tank due to contamination issues even in really clean tanks.

(optional) 1 Batteryoperated submersible Pump (electric pump can be substituted but can’t be used while mom is in pool)

·        if battery then mom can safely use while in the tub

·        little and quiet

·        around $45 online or at Lowe’s or Home Depot

o  recommended: Attwood WaterBuster Battery-Powered Pump or other similar such product

o  requires 3 D batteries not included (get a spare set!)

 

1 Fishy-net (2″-4″ square)

·        cheap at any discount store or fish supply

·        used to catch “floaties” in the pool during the labor/birth

 

Here’s the picture: pool sits on tarp in a room (bedroom, kitchen, wherever) that is private and cozy. One hose runs from your hot water faucet via the faucet adapter into the pool (assess length requirement). The other hose attaches to the submersible pump in your pool and run out a door, window, or into the tub–this enables us to drain and refill tub with hot water as needed to maintain or adjust the temperature. It is also easy to empty the pool after birth.

 

Cheaper ways:

·        Use a garden tub (uncomfortable over the long-term) or jacuzzi

·        Only get 1 hose (+ adapter) no pump: use hose to fill, and then reuse hose to empty pool by gravity-flow/siphon.

·        Buy a waterbed adapter (Walmart) that uses your faucet to create a vacuum to “pump” water out of tub to empty it [instead of a submersible pump]

·        Use buckets to supplement the above options [Note: this pool is large, and it is not feasible to only use buckets!! You won’t have a water labor or birth that way!!]

·        Place pool near window.  Hose can be run out the window to empty pool.