Anyhoo, I bought the Aquaborn pool http://www.waterbirthsolutionsstore....&categoryId=11 and I think I'm going to love it - there are six handles (inside, outside and on top) and a cover for when I get out. But every member of my birth team when I tell them "I got the Aquaborn" has instantly responded "Does it have a heater?"
It doesn't have a heater. Is that really such a big deal? I didn't think it was when just my midwife had asked, but then when the doula and the photog and the others ALL asked the same thing, I started to get worried...
I have a 40gal hot water heater. I'm going to do a test run next weekend. But I only have one stewpot...should I go out and buy more big pots for water to boil???
Tell me your experiences with a non-heated pool. This one is 170 gallons, but all stories appreciated.
Mama to P. born at home 10/09, and W. born in the hospital 2/13
When I first got into the tub to labor (around 6ish am) it was still warm to the touch and only needed a couple teakettles full of water to bring it back up to a comfortable temp for me.
A doula who married a cop & became a mama to 3 boys: G 12/22/00, my rainbow baby B 2/2/07 and L 2/10/10 my CBA2V baby, waiting for my little caboose late February 2013 & always remembering my two angels 2006 & 2012.
My only concern is getting it filled with hot enough water.
For my last birth my MW brought her tub, which was actually a horse trough, and I was to deliver in it. However, I went from 2.5 cm to delivered so fast that they didn't get the water warm enough for me to get in. I guess the tank ran out of hot water before the tub was filled???
Dunno. So I wound up in the tub for a bath with my newborn rather than delivering in it.
I'd be happy with the repeat of rapid labor, but I would really like to USE my tub this time (since I had to pay for it and all )
So, what you you turn your water heater up to to insure that you will have enough hot water for 100 gal?
Mama to Quinn 7, Nichola 3, & Simone 5wk
The pools with heaters are quite expensive.
That said, I would have prefered the water to be heated, it was a royal pain in the butt to continually dump hot pots of water in the pool, and then when it got full we had to dump a pot out and then dump hot water in. Obviously I wasn't doing it, but DH wasn't actually "with" me because he was doing it.
The inflatable pool was much more comfortable than a permanent fixture birthing tub that allows for temp. control IMO. I would definitely turn the water heater up though.
There's some info on pools here http://www.homebirth.org.uk/waterchoose.htm
I think you will be totally fine. We never had to add hot water to my birthing pool that we filled from out facet, if anything when I was in transition I aksed for some cooler water to be added.
We rented an Aquadoula whose heater was broken (it was a heckuva lot cheaper than the one whose heater worked), and it worked just fine. If anything, it was too warm. And I was in it on and off for two full days. I think we had to empty it somewhat and put fresh hot water in, at some point, but that didn't seem to be a whole lot of work. Of course, my DH might have a different perspective on that, since he was the one actually doing it - I was in laborland and don't even remember it.
I typically like a pretty hot bath to relax in, but not during labor. My sister commented on it after DS2 was born- she was very surprised that I was really comfortable and not freezing in the tub, because it was cool to her touch. I don't know, it felt warm to me at the time. So you may not want it as warm as you think you might.
You'll be fine!
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