So I'm going for home water birth. My jetted tub is too shallow (17" to brim so can probably only fill it to 13" or so), so I want to buy/rent a birth pool. I want to do this for as cheap as possible. I let my mw know and she supplied me with a comparison of the pools that they have available for rent or purchase, which is basically the fishy pool for $30 purchase, the La Bassine for $150 purchase, the BPIAB for $150 rent, or the Aqua Doula for $250 rent. I told her I wanted to go with the fishy pool and she said she did not recommend it for me since it is my first birth - that she would recommend instead the aqua doula because it is heated. I asked why she would not recommend it and she said because I'm a "taller gal" (I'm 5'6"....not that tall) that she thought the fishy pool would be too small for me and that it would lose heat faster than the aqua doula.
A lot of people on here have said the fishy pool worked fine for them (although it seems the BPIAB is the favorite on here, but I just can't justify spending that kind of money on something I'm renting) and the fishy pool got a couple good reviews from home birthers on Amazon. Did anyone have issues with it being too small or having the water get cold during their birth? I found this other pool that is a little bigger than the fishy pool but made by the same manufacturer and looks to be very similar construction: http://www.amazon.com/Swim-Center-Ocean-Reef-Pool/dp/B00005OARQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1310691097&sr=8-1 It had good reviews from home birthers as well, but I don't think I've ever seen anyone on here reference it. I'm thinking since its a little bigger and slightly taller, that will be nice. Has anyone used it? Good/bad experiences with it? Thanks so much!