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post #21 of 234
I love the idea, but I will probably need the 25 foot hose...is that too far for the suctioning to work?
post #22 of 234
If the water pressure in your home is normal it should work just fine. I've used the 20' hose for both my births.
post #23 of 234

Thanks for these awesome links! I just ordered the fishy pool, the adapter and the thermometer. I'm driving to a petsmart to see if they can beat the prices on the internet for the hose.

I wonder, maybe we should establish a trading post for birthing tubs and all the stuff that comes with it??


post #24 of 234
Anything of that nature can go in the Trading Post here on MDC.
post #25 of 234
Yes, that looks like it even has a few extra parts to boot that you may not need. But, it looks like you can order each piece individually too.
post #26 of 234
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post #27 of 234
Thread Starter 
Awwww thank the goddesses for you ladies and gentlemen! I'm currently working on this. Okay, so here's a dumb question. What kind of compressor will work to fill the pool WITH AIR the best? I'm going to be borrowing one, but didn't know if any of you had any suggestions that may help the other ladies out.

Currently working on the faucet adaptor for the hose-to-faucet trickiness.
post #28 of 234
You can get a standard electric air pump in the sporting goods section of any Walmart or Target for about $15-$20. THey have a few different size attachments to fit the nozzle into things like air beds, inflatable pools, balls, etc.

Here's an example:

Electric Air Pump

Do not get a hand or foot pump! Waaaaayyy too much work!
post #29 of 234
I am grateful to find this thread!

With my last home birth I had the aquadoula and I did love it, but this time I like the idea of saving $!

I was wondering, some of the pools have different construction on the sides. Like vertical or horizontal chambers. With the last 2 births I liked to "hang" on the edge of something. With the aquadoula, I could sort of hang my arms and shoulders over the side and still have my bottom half in the warm water. Would any of these blow up pools be able to support that kind of weight?

Thanks!
post #30 of 234
I just got this pool for our homebirth http://www.brandsonsale.com/itx-58480.html . DH inflated it in less than 10 minuets with a hand pump that we have for our air mattress, no problems.
I added more air to the sides this morning (DH didnt' fill them tight enough), and they are VERY sturdy!!! (DD rode them like a horse, and it didn't even put a dent in them!)
post #31 of 234
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Originally Posted by mother4good View Post
With my last home birth I had the aquadoula and I did love it, but this time I like the idea of saving $!

I was wondering, some of the pools have different construction on the sides. Like vertical or horizontal chambers. With the last 2 births I liked to "hang" on the edge of something. With the aquadoula, I could sort of hang my arms and shoulders over the side and still have my bottom half in the warm water. Would any of these blow up pools be able to support that kind of weight?

Thanks!
Yep, all the inflatables are rock solid - very sturdy. A lot of mamas say they are even better to lean over because they are about six inches wide so it's very comfy, whereas the Aquadoula has a much thinner, hard plastic edge.

I spent most of my time in my labor facing outward on my knees with my arms over the side or in a squat with my arms over the side.
post #32 of 234
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Originally Posted by StacyL View Post
Yep, all the inflatables are rock solid - very sturdy. A lot of mamas say they are even better to lean over because they are about six inches wide so it's very comfy, whereas the Aquadoula has a much thinner, hard plastic edge.

I spent most of my time in my labor facing outward on my knees with my arms over the side or in a squat with my arms over the side.
Thanks!!!
post #33 of 234

Aquadoula--feedback, please!

I just reserved an aquadoula from someone local who will bring it, fill it up, and pick it up afterwards. It costs about double what I was expecting (having no experience or basis for my expected cost...). The cost isn't the main issue because I do like the convenience of someone else dealing with it.

What I'm most concerned with is whether the sides are too high--like a couple PP, I'd like to be able to hang my arms over the side, but still be able to sit comfortably in the tub. It just seems like the water level and sides of the tub would be too high to be comfortable. I'd also like the option of being on all fours to possibly deliver the baby. I'm only 5'2" tall.

Are these valid concerns with the aquadoula or do you think it would work just fine? I'd like to hear from others that have personally used the aquadoula and what they liked/didn't like about it. I'd hate to spend so much money and not be happy with it (esp. if it means I'd want to get out to have the baby...might as well just use my bathtub for that!)
post #34 of 234
My midwife said to get a white RV hose from Home Depot or Lowe's. Anyone else use one of these. Is it similar to the Python hose? Thanks
post #35 of 234
I would imagine it is the same as a Python hose in that it's a drinking water-quality hose. I don't know how long they are or how expensive.
post #36 of 234
didkisa,

Sorry for the late reply, I have been pretty sick with this baby.

I am 5' 1.5" and about 115#s normally. I hung on the side of my aquadoula just fine, although I am not all that flexible, so I sort of sat on my feet in a keeling type position. I found myself sitting back and breathing between and then more Hanging/Leaning during the contractions, but for that baby I had intense back labor, so it was different than my #2 for which I just sat in the water. I pushed on my hands and knees. Since the baby came fast (2hrs) didn't have time to adjust the water levels much, so I used my husband's leg as support to rest on between pushes. He was on one knee with one knee up like you would if you had a little kid sitting on your knee. He was really stiff by the time it was all over! Anyway, I had fears of feeling like I was drowning because I am so short, but he held me up. If he hadn't I think I would have had to lower the water level. But if I were able to sit or squat down and curl over the baby like before I don't think it would be an issue.

Hope that helps!

post #37 of 234
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Does anyone have an idea for a non PVC pool that isn't very expensive?
Check out the new pool at http://www.waterbirthstore.org/index...PROD&ProdID=48
post #38 of 234
Thanks. That one's still pvc but nice it's without the phthalates. I still can't do it I'm just very allergic to pvc.
post #39 of 234
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Thanks. That one's still pvc but nice it's without the phthalates. I still can't do it I'm just very allergic to pvc.
Do the rubbermaid troughs have PVC? I have heard of some mamas laboring/giving birth in those.
post #40 of 234
I was thinking of a metal trough for my last birth but now I'm thinking even with the troughs people usually use a plastic liner that is probably pvc. I plan on going to the store and looking at the plastic troughs though.
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