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Birth Tub Safety??

post #1 of 6
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Hi Mammas,

 

I'm planning my second home birth (due in three weeks or so) and I have been planning all along to rent the same inflatable birth tub that I used last time.  However, we are now renting in a two family house and have the second and third floors.  The third floor used to be an attic, which is a huge concern for ... well.... my mother at first...but she's managed to put me into a bit of a tizzy over it :)  Has anyone had experience with a birth tub being used not on the ground floor of a house?   I know the best thing to do would be to ask a structural engineer but I don't have the money for that right now :/  I'm guessing that this tub holds about 150+ gallons of water, which could be a significant amount of concentrated weight.  Any thoughts?

post #2 of 6
We used a birth tub on the third floor of our townhouse with no problems. Dh said it wold be fine and I trusted him, not that he has any expertise in that area. The house was oly 3 years old at the time, I'm not sure if that has any bearing on the situation....
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I wouldn't be comfortable with a birth tub on the 3rd floor in a converted attic.  Water weighs 8.35 pounds per gallon.  So, 150 gallons of water would weigh 1252.5 lbs.  Then you have to add in your weight and the weight of the tub itself.  That's getting pretty heavy!

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Originally Posted by rnra View Post

I wouldn't be comfortable with a birth tub on the 3rd floor in a converted attic.  Water weighs 8.35 pounds per gallon.  So, 150 gallons of water would weigh 1252.5 lbs.  Then you have to add in your weight and the weight of the tub itself.  That's getting pretty heavy!



I'd say the same. I had planned on having my tub in the room nest to my bedroom which is a 2nd floor converted attic but my architect friend said even with a small tub it would be exceeding the maximum pounds per square foot. It was last year so i don't remember the number. He said if i had to do it to put the tub in the corner.    I wound up putting my tub out on the stone deck with cushions underneath.

 

post #5 of 6

Hi - i recently had my second home birth and rented a large tub with a sturdy frame (i weighed 297 lbs when i had that baby - no blow up pool for me!)  We are renting the second floor apartment - and i KNOW our floors are made of concrete - that alleviated my worries. 

  Before I realized we were on concrete, I researched it and i didnt find ONE story, anecdote, newspaper article, anything that detailed a birth tub falling through the ceiling (with the exception of one incidence when the couple transferred to a hospital, leaving the water running in the tub - until they arrived home from the hospital days later! ) 

1200 lbs is really not that bad, imagine you were having a cocktail party and 4 defensive lineman were clustered together talking .....they wouldnt fall through the ceiling and they would weigh about 1200 lbs together.    i know, weird analogy - but it works in my head!  I wouldnt worry about - especially if you are using a blow up pool .

post #6 of 6
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Thanks, I really appreciate all the input.  I'm still on the fence after speaking with a building inspector.  The joists in the basement are large enough, and they should be the same throughout the house, but there's no way to tell up here without ripping up the carpet.  The tub will weigh 1200lbs when full, which with the dimensions of the tub, would put the weight at about 40-42 lbs per square foot.  

 

Motherhendoula...I absolutely love that you said that...when first discussing it with my husband, I asked him "Wouldn't it just be like having 4 or 5 Vince Wilforks standing in that corner?  

 

 

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