I have been thinking about what tub to use too. I know my midwife has a few that she rents out, but I don't know what brand and won't until I see her late May. I also don't know how much she charges to rent them. The only thing I definitely know is I want a tub of some sort!
Waterbirth? Your tub? Rented tub? Fishy Pool? - Page 2
I am looking to buy a used inflatable birth tub but haven't been able to find one on craigslist. I am due May 27th with our first baby and would love to have this as an option but just didn't want to pay full price for one. If you know of someone who'd like to sell theirs, I'm located in Austin, TX and you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
In my practice, families have utilized a variety of tubs and pools. I offer LaBassine and the Aquarium" pool. The "aquarium" pool was the first and it remains the only inflatable I have offered due to over 20 years of waterbirths it's served absolutely great. To this day, despite all the birth pools and tubs to select from, I still like it as well (most importantly-mothers do also) as anything and a sight better than some choices of bathtubs, Aquadoula, giant jetted tubs, etc. that I have experience with. - haven
I used a LaBassine provided by my midwives. It was big, cushy and I liked it (used it only for pushing in as I had such a fast labor). My only thought was that it was maybe a bit too large, as I felt a little too floaty in it at times.
ETA: DH drained it through a window into our backyard. He used some sort of pump attached to a cordless drill? IDK for sure, I was pretty distracted by my amazing new son. ;)
Would have used it the second time, but she was in a hurry. I spent some of what felt to me like early labor in our regular bathtub and ended up really injuring my sacrum and coccyx, because baby's head was much lower than I realized it was and the squeeze between her head and the hard bathtub left me with pretty bad bruising.
I *think* we drained it into the bathtub. I really don't know though because I was in baby-mode. I know my husband was somewhat involved in the process but it was really the midwives (or one of them) that took care of cleanup. I didn't do any clean up at all in any regard. In fact, my baby was born on her older sister's birthday and they had the place cleaned up so well that we invited everyone upstairs for cake and presents during the party!
Our dog poops in the yard so I wasn't worried about keeping the yard sanitary. We didn't have a bathroom on the floor that the pool was on and so, particles were netted out and flushed, water pumped out the window thru a hose and into the back yard it went. DH drained the pool into our garden after my daughters birth last year. To me, no big deal. But if it bothers someone, I imagine the best thing would be to strain and flush solids, then drain into tub or sink. Then throw away the pool liner, wipe down the inside per the manufacturer's instructions, dry and deflate.
My main worry about draining is actually the dogs. It seems a little iffy pumping human blood, which they'll undoubtedly be very interested in, into an area where they have access (which, for us, is everywhere outside). Not that I'm super concerned that they'll suddenly develop a taste for human flesh because of about half a liter of blood diluted in 200 gallons of water, but it just feels wrong.
I used the blow-up fishy pool with an inflatable bottom. I think it was $25. It was great! I'm not sure if I'll buy another one this time since I'm cautiously optimistic that this one will go even faster than my 2.5 hour labor, and that I will suffice with our garden tub and/or dual-head shower. It's still early though, so I may change my mind.
DH drained it out the bedroom window into the back yard. You could drain it into the tub alternatively!