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post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Have you gotten your birth pool yet? That is, if you're going to use one
I just realized that even though the birth is still quite far away, I'm running out of time to get my pool!
We're not 100% decided on a homebirth yet, but I figure I shouldn't wait on the pool- better to get it now since it's summer time- but already it's almost the end of the season and pickings are slim!
I went to Target and Toys R Us today and I couldn't find anything. Well, there was a star-shaped one a Target that *might* be ok- and it still has the inflated floor- but I couldn't find anything like the fishie pool.
Just wondering if you've all gotten yours yet, or are you planning to rent something?
post #2 of 21
I wasn't planning on getting a birth pool since we've moved. I just don't know where in the house we'd put it. The house we just moved out of had a very big formal dinning room so we had planned on putting one there. Now...well...I guess we'll go without.

When we were going with a birth pool we were going to go with something like a fishy pool. My old midwife liked birthing pools w/out heaters b/c she thought the natural cooling of the water was helpful as labor progresses.
post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 
Yeah.. the fishie pool is the standard classic, I think
I'm looking at Birthwithsol.com and some others and it looks like they have them plus the adaptors, etc. So much to think about! :

Oh, and we have no idea where the pool would go, either. Hopefully we'll be in our new house by then and we'll have plenty of room, but if our current house doesn't sell, then we're really screwed
post #4 of 21
Hi,

I am toying with the idea of buying a nice pool like Birth pool in a box or la Bassine then renting it out afterwards.

I could rent La bassine for my home birth for $100 the drop it off and come and pick it up...So I still am not sure..I thought about the whole fishie pool thing too but I have had many different pools in the past 5 years for the kids to go swimming in and we only had one that was awesome but it cost us $30 but the sides were 3 1/2 feet deep and it was 8ft wide and a hexagon shape. But I am not dure how good that would be to birth in.

I heard Birth pool in a box is really nice because the bottom is white and it is easier for midwife to check you since it reflects light. Plus you get a whole kit

I added up everything and it was going to cost between $60 -$70 for all the accessories (like the water drinking safe hose,pump,debris net,cover,Etc)

So I am still undecided as what to do....or shall I say which one to get...
post #5 of 21
I used a kiddie pool last time that was 8 ft in diameter and 3 ft deep. I loved having all that room to move around in!! I did have trouble getting it warm (ds was born about 2 hours after we started filling it up) so this time I am getting a little heater for it. Someone told me about a heater made for plastic containers that you can get at any farm and feed store (so animal's water doesn't freeze during the winter!). She suggested not leaving it in while you are in there but that way the pool could be warmed and ready to go. Anyway, I still have my pool but will be buying a few things.
I'm sure that you could still find pools on the internet in the winter time. I loved birthing in my pool!!!
Katie
post #6 of 21
Thread Starter 
Yeah, I'm sure you could still find them online in the winter, but shipping is so expensive.. I'm probably going to have to do that anyway, though.
post #7 of 21
Hmmm, I'm just taking the easy way out and renting a tub from my midwife. I am most concerned about retaining heat, and she said while hers does not have a heater, it is well insulated and retains the heat. Plus, since I rent through my midwife, she and her assistants do all the setting up, cleaning, and removal. Just one less thing to worry about.

We have a huge master bedroom so we're going to put it in there. I'm concerned about splashing. Do you ladies put a tarp down, or what?
post #8 of 21
I actually just got my shipped to me last Friday!! It's the classic fishy pool. It was 18 bucks plus shipping so it was a total of 29 dollars. If you look at the local grocery store, you might find one, they are 15 bucks.
I got it from http://www.qualityinflatables.com/poolsfamily.html (this is the page.)

I used one very much like this one second birth and it was great.
I actually rented, for $100 plus dollars the aquadoula for my first birth, I was very disappointed. I couldn't keep myself from floating while sitting on my bum, without dh sitting behind me holding my shoulders down. My dh wouldn't get in it with me, he was grossed out,.....lol so he sat on the outside. Good luck.
Stacy
post #9 of 21
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stacy- was yours the 60" x 22" ? Do you know if they take paypal?

eta: it looks like they don't
post #10 of 21
last time we paid the $250 to rent the aquadoula from my midwife. she dropped it off, put it together, showed us what to do when i went in labor, and emptied, cleaned, adn packed it up after ds was born, lol.

i liked that enough, and this time the price of the hb insludes the birth tub - if available. it better be available if i'm paying for it, lol.
post #11 of 21
We're not gonna get one this time, I don't think, but to anyone who WANTS to geyt one, I do highly recommend running out IMMEDIATELY for one...many stores have ALREADY clearanced them (TRU, etc), and it will become EXCEPTIONALLY hard to find them very soon..DD was born in Sept and there were NONE available in Aug when I tried to buy one - had to get one online and pay shipping, etc. (in Aug, it was still 90+ degrees out!!)
post #12 of 21
We just remodeled our master bathroom, and I had a huge tub put in (not 8 ft x 3 feet), but I think it'll do if I decide I want to get in. When my MW saw it she said, "Now, that's a birthin' tub."

I don't like the idea of spending money on renting/buying one for the birth because I've been so finicky during both my labors. I just have no idea what I'll want / hate, etc.
post #13 of 21
mama2babybeans, yes I got the 60 x 22 and no they don't take paypal.
good luck!
post #14 of 21
Thread Starter 
stacy- it looks like that is the one we're going to get. DH took some measurements today and I have a very specific place I want him to put the pool and it should fit perfectly (fingers crossed!).
I was trying to decide between that one and the La Bassine, but I think we're going the fishy pool route.
post #15 of 21
I'm probably getting the one that Stacy posted also. I'm not buying my pool for a bit so I have to get one online, the stores around me are already running out. Though, I did see one recently at a dollar store that was only $5, I have to check and see if they still have it, if they do I'm getting that one. In fact, I'm glad for this thread, I'd forgetten about that one, I'm going today
post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by Stacymama View Post
I actually just got my shipped to me last Friday!! It's the classic fishy pool. It was 18 bucks plus shipping so it was a total of 29 dollars. If you look at the local grocery store, you might find one, they are 15 bucks.
I got it from http://www.qualityinflatables.com/poolsfamily.html (this is the page.)
I got the same pool as Stacy a couple of years ago. I was planning on getting it from the website she posted (they have the best price I could find anywhere on the net), but was too late. They ran out about a week or two before I placed my order.

I just wanted to say, mama2babybeans, that you are wise to think of this now. My last babe was a winter babe, and by fall, even the quality inflatables site was running low on summer pool stock. I was blessed to find this pool on eBay, but had to pay about $10 more for it. It was the only one I could find, and a lot of other mamas in my DDC were desperately hunting for theirs.

To sum up: never put off til tomorrow buying a seasonal item that might go out of stock.
post #17 of 21
We were lucky the last time with my son when we happen to walk in to Toys R Us and they had that fishy pool on sale for $12 with one left. Worked wonderfully. I do like that little heater idea, last time they kept dumping hot water from our stove into the pool
post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by allnaturalmama View Post
I just wanted to say, mama2babybeans, that you are wise to think of this now. My last babe was a winter babe, and by fall, even the quality inflatables site was running low on summer pool stock. I was blessed to find this pool on eBay, but had to pay about $10 more for it. It was the only one I could find, and a lot of other mamas in my DDC were desperately hunting for theirs.

To sum up: never put off til tomorrow buying a seasonal item that might go out of stock.
Thanks- I was feeling a little silly for getting it so early
But I'm going to order it tomorrow
post #19 of 21
I'm not thinking of using a "pool" since we have a bathtub in the upstairs bathroom, right next to the bedroom. It's really not very spacious, but my other option is to inflate a small pool in the soon-to-be-nursery since it has plenty of room (even after furniture is put in).
-A
post #20 of 21
I will be using the La Bassine birth pool. I love this pool I am also a midwife and my pool has seen lots of great births. The things I like about this pool is it is a very good price about $115 (for just the pool) and it is very durable you can have lots of people resting on the sides and no water spills out! It will hold up for many births if you take good care of it. Here is the website not meaning to sound like an add for this pool I just love it!

http://madeinwater.co.uk/pool.html
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