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post #21 of 36

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!

post #22 of 36

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 clifton.martina@gmail.com. Thanks!

post #23 of 36
I bought a used one from a woman who birthed two babies in it. We were lucky enough to find it on Craigslist!
post #24 of 36

My first was born in the hospital and they didn't have tubs, just showers. This one is a planned homebirth and we rented an Aquaborn from a local doula. We did a test fill the other day and I spent half the day in it just relaxing. It was awesome. I cursed gravity after I got out. lol

post #25 of 36

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

 

Sandra Hess

Heartland Midwifery

Fresno, Ohio

post #26 of 36

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. ;)

post #27 of 36

Aradia88, What did you like better - the fishy pool or the oasis?  I bought the fishy pool as a backup, but am wondering if I should get a traditional birthing tub.  Thanks :)

post #28 of 36
My first was born in a BPIAB. I loved it. Labored in it for hours.

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.
post #29 of 36
Sorry if this is off topic, but what is clean up like with different tubs? I've been considering using a pool, but the idea of skimming it and pumping out all the birth-y water afterwards is really unappealing. DH is super squeamish when it comes to blood, so I wouldn't want him to be in charge, and I don't want my midwife to have to deal with it either. Or is clean up easier than I imagine?
post #30 of 36
Hi all,
Also curious about clean up. I can't imagine that draining it out the window or into the yard is sanitary (at least not for me after my last birth)! Also, if it's cold out & would freeze, yuck! Can't one drain it into a bathtub or sink?
post #31 of 36

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!  

post #32 of 36
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Hi all,
Also curious about clean up. I can't imagine that draining it out the window or into the yard is sanitary (at least not for me after my last birth)! Also, if it's cold out & would freeze, yuck! Can't one drain it into a bathtub or sink?
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.
post #33 of 36
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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.

post #34 of 36
Our pool was drained via pump into the back yard (from our ground floor apartment). I didn't have anything to do I with it, my sister and doula took care of it. No dogs had access to the area, but several cats, plus the neighborhood fox (!!!) never seemed interested in the area.
post #35 of 36

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.

post #36 of 36
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Originally Posted by t2009 View Post

Hi all,
Also curious about clean up. I can't imagine that draining it out the window or into the yard is sanitary (at least not for me after my last birth)! Also, if it's cold out & would freeze, yuck! Can't one drain it into a bathtub or sink?


DH drained it out the bedroom window into the back yard. You could drain it into the tub alternatively!

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