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Which in your opinion is the better option? We have a deep garden tub but of course it's not soft like a birthing pool would be. I've considered getting a kiddie pool but wouldn't I need to buy extra supplies to go along with it? What are some things to consider when deciding which to have a water birth in?

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To me, any water would be better than no water, but I would go for the birth tub. I had a La Bassine and loved it. It was big enough and deep enough to lounge in. It was cozy and held heat well. The sides were not droopy but were soft enough to lean on fully. The bottom was study but soft on my knees.

It was set up well ahead of time and I had other people deal with it all so I didn't have to worry about setting up or taking down. Did I mention I loved it?
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I also loved my La Bassine. For my first homebirth, I actually bought a kiddie pool too, but in the end I wasn't convinced I would be happy with it and gave it away. The biggest considerations for me were depth and handles. The ability to lean on the sides and the inflated bottom were also important to me. I used the heck out of every single one of those features, too. Very happy with my decision and now planning our third homebirth with the same pool.

With either a birth pool or a kiddie pool, you will need accessories. We bought a hose, a faucet adapter, an air compressor, and a water pump as well as small things like a thermometer and fishy net. The only thing the La Bassine came with was a patch kit and the option to buy liners if we wanted.
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I also loved my La Bassine. For my first homebirth, I actually bought a kiddie pool too, but in the end I wasn't convinced I would be happy with it and gave it away. The biggest considerations for me were depth and handles. The ability to lean on the sides and the inflated bottom were also important to me. I used the heck out of every single one of those features, too. Very happy with my decision and now planning our third homebirth with the same pool.

With either a birth pool or a kiddie pool, you will need accessories. We bought a hose, a faucet adapter, an air compressor, and a water pump as well as small things like a thermometer and fishy net. The only thing the La Bassine came with was a patch kit and the option to buy liners if we wanted.

 

Leaning on the sides is something I hadn't thought of. With my first birth, I leaned against the bed a lot. It felt good for some reason. I don't think a regular bathtub would be comfy for that. Good luck with your home birth!

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I sat in my bathtub for about 30 minutes while in labor....yeah, as soon as I got in, I regretted not splurging on the birth pool. The water felt amazing, but the tub was hard and tiny. There were a lot of reasons I didn't get a pool: money, trouble, and would have been difficult in my apartment. Maybe next time if I live somewhere else.

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If you can afford a birth pool go for it! I did water birth with a kiddie pool a couple weeks ago and ugh! So not worth it! It wasn't deep enough and did absolutely nothing for me. Next time if I can afford it I'll get the birth pool, if not I'll just go without...the only thing that really gave me some relief was the toilet which I guess is pretty common. Maybe next time I'll just deliver there! Haha
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Here's a handy chart, including the classic kiddie pool options: http://www.yourwaterbirth.com/editorfiles/file/Pool%20Comparison%20Chart.pdf 

 

I've seen both the La Bassine and Birth Pool in a Box used by local midwives, and moms seemed pretty pleased with them both.

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Thanks ladies! I think I'm going to go for the birthing pool! My midwife has one I can rent from her so I'll use that one.

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Two questions -

 

1) Has anyone used the AquaDoula pool? I'd love to hear about your experience, especially when compared to other types.

 

2) If you have a bathtub with jets (think Jacuzzi or similar), do you need to do anything special to the jets prior to using the tub for either labor or birth? I haven't heard anything specific, and I labored in a bathtub with jets for my firstborn (but did not birth there), but am not aware of any particular cleaning that is necessary.

 

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