Okay, so I am kind of late to the game. I am at 37 weeks and suddenly feel that it is very important for me to have access to a birthing pool (not just my tub) in my upcoming home birth. However, we are pretty much broke after moving into a new house. We are trying to make sure we save enough to pay the midwife in case our insurance gives us difficulties or for an emergency if we transfer, etc.
I have a friend who is giving me her fishy pool from HER home birth. However, if I get it and it is at all iffy in it's condition, I will order the $30 one off of Amazon.
What do I NEED for a water birth? On one hand, I do not want to buy a bunch of expensive pumps and equipment, on the other, I do not want DH to have to wrestle for hours with a silly tub (either putting it up or taking it down).
What are the ABSOLUTE essentials? What one thing would you splurge on to make things more ideal?
Thanks so much! I appreciate this. I am hoping for help soon so I can order or buy what I need ASAP!