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Anyone buy their own or rent an inflatable one they really liked? 

 

My midwife doesn't have them so last time I rented one through a lady locally. She only has the ones that come in several pieces though, not the inflatable ones, because they last longer. That makes total sense when renting out tubs is your bread and butter. That being said I HATED hanging off the thin, hard side of the tub, and doubt that a pool noodle on top would have made a big difference. 

 

Renting vs. buying an inflatable one here is about the same cost so I figure I'll just keep it for the next go round. 


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I bought this one for the same reason you're considering an inflatable pool. It was here within days.

 

http://www.yourwaterbirth.com/la-bassine-eco-water-birth-pools-la-bassine-waterbirth-pool-p-276.html


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I have a kiddie pool... About 60" across, 23" high... It was actually given to me, but you can buy them in the neighborhood of $30... I was worried about all the expense + timeline of the official birthing pool rentals PLUS my NYC apartment isn't terribly big, so I wasn't sure they would fit (I'm birthing in a house with a lot more room this time, but still using this tub)


I also bought a kit/supplies from a water birth site with an air pump (for inflation), lead free hose, faucet adapter and splitter (so you can still use your sink - I think I had to get the splitter at home depot), floating thermometer, long handled debris net, mirror, shoulder length platic gloves, water pump (for draining), plastic for the floor underneath, etc.... It all ran me in the neighborhood of $90, and I'll be able to use it all again this time.
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My local AP group has a La Bassine, and everyone seems to love it. I'm picking it up Monday or Tuesday :) 


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Oh, thank you for starting this thread!  Have to come back to it because it's so very late, but I've been meaning to ask.  Meet with midwives tomorrow and should get more information about options.  One we met with previously said that they cost almost as much to rent as to buy ($80 vs. ~$120) so most buy, but that doesn't correspond with what a Google search came up with!  
Can you use a birthing pool as a "pool" (kiddie pool for adults/lukewarm spa) the rest of the time?  
We're having a heatwave here in SoCal and we need all the help we can get.  Plus, I'd like to have chlorine-free option for teaching LO to swim.  
Does this sound too bizarre?  Too naive?  I know nothing about birthing pools and need to get educated quickly!

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My first homebirth I had the large octagon fishy pool.  I hated it.  It was not deep enough to get bouyancy or relief.  Basically all it did was make my perineum more stretchable.  I ended up delivering out of water.  The water didn't come over my belly, when I was on my knees leaning on the side my back was completely exposed and the sides were ok....but not as sturdy as an actual birth pool, which I got for my next births.

My next two births I got a REgular sized Birth Pool In a Box.  It was MUCH better!  The sides were soft, but sturdy, and barely sunk or budged at all under my weight of leaning on them.  I spent most of the laboring time, once again, on my knees leaning on the side of the pool.  The water was still deep enough that it covered my back as I leaned on the sides and I basically just floated there holding onto the sides of the pool.  When sitting, it covered my belly too.  A friend and I went in together on the BPIAB and we've each used it, plus loaned it to friends to use.  I just buy a new liner each time.  It's worth every penny.

Here's a good comparison link too.  http://www.yourwaterbirth.com/editorfiles/file/Pool%20Comparison%20Chart%204-4-14.pdf


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Thanks ladies you all rock! I think I need to take another bath this weekend (I rarely take them) and decide if I need a pool for sure. In our master we have a jetted 2 person tub, I'm just not sure if it's deep enough for what I like. 

 

@Michelle Murphy If you buy a liner and use it for the birth, then I'd personally have no issue with using it for other things. I probably won't only because if I buy one I'll save it for the next baby ;).  


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Some other supplies that come in handy when using a birth pool are:

This waterbed fill and drain kit - http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/370659663450?lpid=82
You attach it to your sink, add your hose, and fill up the pool.  When you want to drain it, you just pull out the little stopper and it will suction out the water automatically and drain it.  Very handy!

An electric air pump.  http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12187584&mr:keyword=&mr:trackingCode=83313666-7315-E311-A497-90E2BA285E75&mr:match=&mr:adType=pla&mr:filter=50483386606&cagpspn=plat_11329161&mr:referralID=NA&mr:ad=35201276806&mr:device=c&camp=PLAPPC-_-PID11329161&KPID=11329161

It will get your pool inflated anywhere from 8-15 minutes. Easy peasy.

Thermometer.  I buy a cheap fish thermometer and just throw it into my water.  It floats around.

Fish net.  To scoop up any poo or vernix debris that may join the party.

Drinking water safe hose.  You CAN use a regular hose, but they have metals in them.  I do opt for a drinking water safe hose and then throw it away after use because once it's come in contact with all the birth junk, blood, vernix, poo, etc....you don't want stuff growing inside the hose from the water being drained through it and then reuse that hose.  EW

We just use a sheet to put over the tub after starting to fill it to keep it warm until I'm ready to get in it.  It works just fine to keep warmth in and debris out.  Put a blanket under the pool so that you don't get your linoleum or carpet wet when you step out of the pool. 

I used a plastic storage bin to put everything in it together.  I also had 1 bin with everything I'd need for birth.  The birth kit, towels, flexy straws, absolutely anything needed FOR the labor and birth.  Another bin has everything in it I need for directly post partum.  Baby hat, diapers, clothes, postpartum pads, mesh undies/disposable undies like depends, clean bra, underwear, clothes for me, towels, ANYTHING I think I might want to be all in one easy access place for the first few days after delivery.  That way all I have to do is direct a person to one place to find anything they may need.  

And there you have my preps for homebirth.  :)


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I used a blow up pool from Canadian tire last time and it was perfectly fine.Just to get an idea what I am talking about.  http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/deluxe-crystal-inflatable-pool-0813013p.html#.U2bjK4FdXKg

I just read the reviews on it and a few other people said they used it for their home births and were very happy. We brought our pool to my parents summer place v-e-r-y far from here so we are renting "la bassine" this time around. It will cost us 60$ to rent, comes with the tap adapter but we have to buy the liner and the hose. So it will be more expensive than buying the same pool as last time but we will try something new. 


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That's a great idea, @shenanegans!  Of course, USA purchase seems to be a bit trickier with those key words, but this has given me a lot to think about/peruse.  I think we'll rent one and get one of these for our own purposes/play (or something very similar).  
Any tips on minimal size specifications?

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You can google "Fishy Pool for birth" and get lots of comparisons, reviews and shopping links, for the basic pool that lots of doulas & MWs suggest. It's not an official 'birth tub', but it may be a suitable, cost-effective, substitute.


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I  bought a La Bassine and liked the look and feel when I inflated it. I figure I can sell it after I'm done for around the same price I got it for after I'm done.


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That's a great idea, @shenanegans!  Of course, USA purchase seems to be a bit trickier with those key words, but this has given me a lot to think about/peruse.  I think we'll rent one and get one of these for our own purposes/play (or something very similar).  
Any tips on minimal size specifications?

Also your options for cheaper "real birth pools" in the USA are way better. You can order from Amazon and lots of other places with free shipping that we don't have access to here in Canada. 


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Also your options for cheaper "real birth pools" in the USA are way better. You can order from Amazon and lots of other places with free shipping that we don't have access to here in Canada. 


How close is Montreal to the border? We're close enough that we use a US shipping depot :) for things like that, and DH drives over to pick them up -- we still pay tax at the border, but can take advantage of lower pricing & free shipping on some items, especially when the exchange rate is favourable. Not everything, b/c we do like to buy local when we can -- however some things just aren't even available in Canada at all!


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Montreal is about 1 hr from the border, I have some friends who rent a post box in Plattsburg for online shopping but for me its not a priority. Whenever we go camping in Vermont or down to visit my brother in Cape Cod we will stock up on wine and booze and thats good enough for us! 


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For anyone who bought a tub, which pump did you buy? I looked at the waterbed fill/drain thing @Earthylady uses but DH is not so sure it'll do the job as fast as he likes. Anyone buy a specific submersible pump?


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Our midwife has it now, but we bought whatever pump Your Water Birth was selling 6.5 years ago. I bought my pool and all of the waterbirth-related accessories from them. The one they have now is about $75. I recall it working well and being very fast and my midwife obviously liked it since she asked us to let her have it after my second son's birth.

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For anyone who bought a tub, which pump did you buy? I looked at the waterbed fill/drain thing @Earthylady
 uses but DH is not so sure it'll do the job as fast as he likes. Anyone buy a specific submersible pump?
I got a deluxe kit from http://waterbirthsolutionsstore.com which included a pump (they sell it separately too, of course)... Just make sure if you want to use it again for birth, you run something through it to clean/sterilize (like bleach solution, etc.) after you've drained the birth water
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It doesn't "pump", the water just runs as fast as it normally would out of your sink.  It's not electric or anything.  So to fill, it's just an attachment that goes on your kitchen or bathroom sink to attach that hose to.  Water flows as fast as it normally would.  To empty, you just flip the switch and instead of filling, the water drains.  Again, just as fast as the water would normally flow.  It drains our entire Birth Pool In A Box (not the mini either, the regular size one with over 250 gallons of water) in less than an hour.


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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00101BYN0/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

This is what we got for filling & draining. I've never used it before, but it's what my midwife recommends.

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This is what we got for filling & draining. I've never used it before, but it's what my midwife recommends.

This is the one included with our rental pool. My only concern is the amount of water it may use while emptying. It looks like your tap has to run the whole time you're emptying... 


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okay, I don't really understand why the tap would need to be on for EMPTYING the tub/tank with that device, but... one of the reviews says:

"Tip: When pulling water from tanks, you can get the suction going and then shut the water off at the sink so that you don' waste water and it will siphon out on its own."

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yeah I don't really understand the details of it, but it says in the instructions that the water needs to be running. I guess it starts the suction effect. We've looked everywhere though and can't tell how much the water has ot be on/how much it actually uses... so we're pretty much just I guess going to take a chance once the time comes. 


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We picked up our rental pool tonight, "made in water, la bassine" I am going to take a peek at it soon.

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I pulled mine out of the closet yesterday and put the ottoman in the closet to make more room for the pool. I can't wait to take it out and have it ready! :bgbounce


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Blew mine up yesterday, realized it won't really fit where I wanted it, but oh well, least it's off-gassing now...
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Mine came today!! So I should be able to inflate it this weekend. So exciting!

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