The birth pool that I'd decided on is out of stock everywhere online and has been since beginning of March. One site says they'll be available in March, but it's nearly the end of March now. Another site says they'll be available April 1st. I'm 26 weeks now. Am I cutting it too close to wait on this pool? The one I decided on is the Aquaborn Eco Pool. I like it because it's a bit deeper than some others. But now I'm wondering if I should just get something else so that I've got a pool on the way. Anyone have any insight as to why this particular pool is unavailable everywhere right now (at least everywhere that I know to look)? I've been to yourwaterbirth.com and waterbirthsolutionsstore.com. If there are other places to buy online, I'm unaware of them. What do you guys think?
Doesn't look like anyone actually answered you, I don't think your cutting it too close, but perhaps have a backup kiddie pool on hand.
I used a La Bassine and LOVED IT! I don't even remember it having handles, because the entire time I was leaned over the side. I do wish I would have used a liner, DH threw out the pool because it was "too yucky" to clean.
As for keeping the water warm, I didn't have an issue at all. I had DH blow up the pool in the morning (about 12 hours before I actually got in) when I just knew it was time to get ready (no contractions, just knew). He filled it up and had hot water on hand. We also had a hose (made for drinking water) attached to the bathroom sink, so it was filled up with warm water. I'm not sure of the exact details of how long the water was in the pool, and when he added more hot water, I was a little too busy. But the temp was perfect when I got in. In a few short minutes my DS was born. Wish I would have gone into the water soon, it's a huge difference than being out of the water. I was totally relaxed once I got in the water. The water level was perfect for me and i'm 5'6". The padding on the bottom was also perfect, who ever thought of that, THANK YOU! It was easy to get in and out.
Another reason I got this pool is for the materials. But come to think of it, if you put a liner in a pool what does it matter what the pool itself is made of, since the water is in the liner not the pool. Also the liner looks like it goes right over the inside handles (not sure about the outside) so for anyone who wants to use the handles this might not be a good thing.
We had an electric pump to get the water out, we did buy a fish net just to clean it, but like I said that just didn't happen.
I felt like the size was perfect, not too big or too small. I was EXTREMELY sensitive while in the water, so even DH grazing the water was too much for me. Thankfully I didn't have to deal with a midwife or anyone else trying to check me out during the process, I was able to just be with it and turn the whole world out, I do believe that is why the experience was so easy and amazing for me.
I def recommend testing the pool for leaks once you get it. Having even a small leak will make a huge difference. The walls on the La Bassine are strong and help up to me leaning over the side, no water came out during the process. So if you get a kiddie pool be sure to test all sorts of positions to see if it holds up.
I've read about some people giving birth in a regular tub, and I feel the only way I would do that is if I padded the tub - not even sure how to do that, having the cushioning from the inflatable pool was just so perfect, there was no pressure on my body from the pool, or floor... It really does make a difference.
I was squated on my feet facing outside the pool with my head and arms drapped over. It was so comfortable.
Next time I will def get this pool again, and use it with a liner!
Good luck mammas!