So, after researching a ton of past MDC threads about this, it seems that the general arguments are:
1. Women in labor dont really care about the temperature enough to worry about it.
2. Dont use them because electricity and water dont go together.
3. The hot water in your water heater plus a pot on the stove will be enough.
That being said, I wont be at home. Ill be at the hospital, where the showers never got hot enough for me last time. Im going on Wednesday to temp the water that comes out of their shower, but Im pretty sure its less than 98 degrees. Ive temped my baths, and I know that I prefer water around 101, but I wont go over 99 when Im pregnant. That being said, water that is between 90-95 degrees is not warm enough for me to be comfortable even if the room temp is 80 degrees, which it was when I gave birth last time. (Thankfully, each birth suite has its own temp control). I have a aqueon pump and drain kit that I will be using to fill and drain the pool, and a 2 gallon percolator to heat extra water. (Its disguised as being there for coffee for DH and my labor assistant, because I was told that the hospital could not allow us to boil water for the birth pool in the room).
I already have a submersible heater for an 80 gallon aquarium, that I used momentarily for fish, but it my fish never lived
SO, my question is this:
Can I put my submersible heater in my inflatable birth pool, just to help maintain the water temperature? Will it melt the plastic? Could it burn me? I plan to test how hot it gets, but I just havent done it yet.
Here is my pool:
and here is my heater (it appears to be stainless steel, not glass. Maybe there is glass inside it?)
Thanks in advance for your help! I dont want to wind up with a big mess, but I also dont want to be cold