I didnt want to pay the 250 for the aqua doula rental, so I bought a La Bassine and liner. I spent less than 160 for the air pump, hoses, fixtures, liner and pool itself, and now I own it. You can find them Here They are big, but take up very little space, they have handles inside and they are very sturdy.
Oh, and as far as a tub being in the way, it took us less than 5 min to fill it up with air, and it got filled with water relatively quickly.
I definitely would not have been fine in a bathtub.
Oh and as far as having the baby in the tub vs laboring in the tub, I have rarely seen this...mostly Its VERY hard to convince mom to get out, even to PEE. I myself imagigined getting out to push but when the time came I wanted to be IN THAT TUB.
I'm planning on laboring in the tub, probably not birthing in it (which is what I did last time - hospital I was at had a labor tub but didn't allow water births). My bath tub IS larger/deeper than normal, and I'm not sure if I'd feel differently if I had a standard-size one, but I think my tub will be perfectly fine for laboring in. My midwife was here last week and she agreed - thought it was ideal. She also thought I could, if I wanted to, birth in it, though she has a bias against water births (one reason I'm not planning on one).
I do know that with my last birth I labored in the tub for HOURS, and it was one of the only things that helped with severe back labor pain. Maybe the next time you take a bath, see how much of your belly it covers, and how comfortable you are, and try to imagine spending several hours in there and laboring in there and getting into different positions and see whether you think it will work.
I am getting a blow-up pool again this time (just a cheap one again). I'd only labor in a bathtub if there was something cushy to put on the bottom- I don't know what that would be, but maybe someone else has a suggestion?
Tallulah Dare 8-01, Marcos Gael 12-04, Cormac Mateo 9-09, Leonidas Ronan 11-11
But, if we had a bathtub the size of the one I grew up with, I wouldn't bother with a birthtub. That one was big enough to hold 2 large adults with room left over for some hanky panky. As a kid I could literally swim in that thing.
Cristeen ~ Always remembering our warrior ~ Our is 3, how'd that happen?!?!
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Sounds like a good compromise would be to buy a fishy pool. Cheaper, obviously, and then you at least have the option if you decide in labor that the bathtub just isn't cutting it.
Midwifery Student and Mama to 2 daughters and 3 sons.
I have given birth a variety of ways and I am thankful for what each one has taught me.
My 2nd birth we rented the aqua-doula over the kiddie pool b/c we could fill it up ahead of time and it had a heater so we wouldn't have to worry about filling it up and keeping it warm. I ended up laboring in the shower and moving into the tub and having him in the water. It was fabulous and worth every cent!
My motto is don't skimp on a birth. I really wish I'd had it the first time.
Jen, journalist, policy wonk, and formerly a proud single mama to my sweet little man Cyrus, born at home Dec. 2007 . Now married to my Incredibly Nice Guy and new mama to baby Arthur.
I didn't actually birth in mine (could have, just didn't feel like it) but it was GREAT for labor, and freedom to move around in the tub is important. You won't know what positions you want to be in until you are there, and unless you can get in every position imaginable in your bathtub, I would rent the pool and be glad.
Or see if someone can loan you one? That's what I did! An acquaintance let me use hers for free, but if I have it to do again and had to buy one, I would!
That's how good it was!
DD 8lb c-section 2004
DS 10 lb HBAC 2007