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post #21 of 36
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Originally Posted by *MamaJen* View Post
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I remember that thread from a few weeks ago where all the homebirthing MDC engineer mamas got together and calculated the load bearing ability of their floor with a birth tub on top. They didn't even mention the possibility of the pool springing a leak. .
Can you point me to that thread?
post #22 of 36
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Originally Posted by Limabean1975 View Post
Can you point me to that thread?
Here we go. It was called, appropriately enough, science nerds and birth tubs. Only on MDC. Seriously. Only here would it be possible.
post #23 of 36
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Originally Posted by *MamaJen* View Post
Here we go. It was called, appropriately enough, science nerds and birth tubs. Only on MDC. Seriously. Only here would it be possible.
Heh. Thanks!
post #24 of 36
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Originally Posted by *MamaJen* View Post
Here we go. It was called, appropriately enough, science nerds and birth tubs. Only on MDC. Seriously. Only here would it be possible.
Haha. My Dad is an engineer. He pulled out a spreadsheet and started doing calculations when I was planning a waterbirth in my 2nd floor rental apartment. Funny stuff.
post #25 of 36
Well that thread was amusing (and reassuring about floors & weight), but dang I hope my La Bassine doesn't spring a leak.
post #26 of 36
I think a leak or a collapsed side would be a lot more worrisome than the floor not being able to take the load.
post #27 of 36
I'm so so sorry that happened. Thank you for the warning. I would have never thought of this but now I'm making a mental note to call someone to come drain the tub in the unlikely event of a transfer. The last thing I need is another leak in my house. In November my entire house flooded when the tube on my diaper sprayer (for cloth diapers) busted open while we were out of town. $40,000 in damage.
post #28 of 36
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Originally Posted by erin_brycesmom View Post
I'm so so sorry that happened. Thank you for the warning. I would have never thought of this but now I'm making a mental note to call someone to come drain the tub in the unlikely event of a transfer. The last thing I need is another leak in my house. In November my entire house flooded when the tube on my diaper sprayer (for cloth diapers) busted open while we were out of town. $40,000 in damage.
oh wow, you have us beat!
post #29 of 36
I have personally used the La Bassiene and have been at many births where the pools has been used and have never seen a leak until today. My own La Bassiene has been used 10-15 times and finally today it sprung a little tiny leak. A very, very small amount of water came out but it wasn't even a big deal. I'm not actually sure how the water got out because there was also a liner in the pool. Anyway, my point is that they are typically great pools and I have seen them used many times with no problems. The manufacturer does recommend you have a trial run prior to labor to make sure there are no holes.

I'm so sorry that happened to you. Congrats on your new little one!
post #30 of 36
How terrible!
Does the pool have a warranty? I would contact the manufacturer and see if you can get any help from them.
I'm so sorry - I hope you can get things worked out so that you don't have to spend any more fixing things than is necessary. good luck.
post #31 of 36
Thread Starter 
The pool doesn't have a warranty, I read the website well. We will still contact them.

I did do a trial run, no leaks then. I've been a doula at many births with La Bassines also and never had a problem until this time. We used the liner.
post #32 of 36
nak

We used a rented La Bassine for our birth (on the same day as Altair's!)

The lady we rented it from said that it had a small leak at the birth before ours, but that she fixed it.

The leak must have reopened, though. During a transition contraction, I leaned on the edge, it smooshed down, and DH (napping on the floor next to the tub) got a tidal wave all over him. Sure woke him up fast! Luckily, it wasn't enough water to damage anything. It meant my time in the pool was over, though, because I couldn't handle the noise of the air pump to refill the walls of the pool. So I ended up birthing on land.

I think there's two versions of the La Bassine--a single use one and a professional, sturdy enough for multiple uses one. I think the one we rented was the professional grade, so it's disheartening that it still leaked.
post #33 of 36
I've seen Aqua Doulas leak too. I've been using La Bassines for years. Sounds like a freak thing. Freak things happen. This is a chance you take with any portable pool. At least with a La Bassine you're not talking about as much water pouring out as you would with an Aqua Doula. I'm just saying...

IMO, the cautionary tale here is with leaving a birth pool unattended when you transport, regardless of the make or model.
post #34 of 36
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Originally Posted by nashvillemidwife View Post
I've seen Aqua Doulas leak too. I've been using La Bassines for years. Sounds like a freak thing. Freak things happen. This is a chance you take with any portable pool. At least with a La Bassine you're not talking about as much water pouring out as you would with an Aqua Doula. I'm just saying...

IMO, the cautionary tale here is with leaving a birth pool unattended when you transport, regardless of the make or model.
Disclaimer: I own, rent and birthed in Aquadoula.

How on earth would an Aquadoula leak???? The liner is superthick and NOT inflatable. Unless you stabbed it with a steak knife I just don't see how you break that thing. I was the last one to birth in mine (it is six years old) and the blue permanent liner is still in fabulous shape with no nicks or cuts or seams opening. Just the idea of an inflatable always worried me. I have never seen an inflatable anything that wasn't prone to leaking, from bike tires to balloons.
post #35 of 36
The one that I saw developed a tear in the liner.
post #36 of 36
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Originally Posted by nashvillemidwife View Post

IMO, the cautionary tale here is with leaving a birth pool unattended when you transport, regardless of the make or model.
I think that's the lesson we should all take away from this. In your emergency transfer plan, designate a person to come over and empty the birth pool.
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