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#1 of 10 Old 04-05-2007, 05:02 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hello fellow home birthers,

I've read the sticky thread about birth pools but I'm not sure how often anyone reads it for new questions, so I'm posting here as well. I know the OP in that thread cautioned against getting suckered into the expensive birth pool kits, but this birth pool is now available in the US through waterbirth.org and it looks heavenly.

http://www.waterbirth.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=45085

I'm especially interested in it because it is deeper than most kiddie pools and I am 5' 10" and really wished for more water during my last birth (in a birth center jacuzzi tub. Not sure how deep it was.) I'm also very interested in something with soft sides and bottom rather than hard plastic.

Can someone point out to me why this wouldn't be worth the $150? I am pretty sure I could sell it to another homebirthing mama afterwards for at least half price.

Thanks for any tips, advice, info, etc!

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I've looked at those, and they seem great for the price- the only drawback I can see is that it doesn't have a heater...I can't decide if I'd rather rent one and have the heater option... I'd love to hear from people who've been there and done that!
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I think it would be worth it. My mw rents out a birth pool for $125 (its the spa in a box I think). And I am totally renting that next time.

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Seems like it takes a long time to fill (depending on water pressure the site says). I'm also tall and large as well and worried about how I will fit in a tub, if the sides will collapse on me, etc.. I am going to order one for under $30 from that list in the sticky thread and inflate it to see how it will "behave" for me. If it will be full enough, etc.. Worse comes to worse, it's a kiddie pool next year.

RE the heater question: the sticky thread about pools says you don't need a heater if you have everything else you need for the tub (a cover for when you leave the pool, the hose, the reverse pump to get rid of cold water).

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My MW rents for $175, but I think we'll just try the ordering a kiddie/birthing pool. If the pool fits, I will get the rest of the stuff and get away with under $100.

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I was wondering about this myself, although I was thinking of the mini because I didn't think my hot water heater could handle anything bigger. I'm almost sold on just getting the La Bassine but I love the inner depth on this of 26"... I think the La Bassine's *external* depth is 26" which is still deeper than most of the fishy pools. I think I prefer having the internal handles like the Bassine and also it seems like the sides might be sturdier and I like light being able to come through, but having that extra few inches of water depth I think would really, really be nice, so I'm completely torn. I'm definitely getting one of these two because I like the shape and I like that they are deeper than the fishy pools and I like that they are phthalate free (and no cartoonish fishies!).
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I love that pool, and even though I have a fishy pool from my last birth, I'm trying to figure out how to get DH to let me have that one this time.

I definitely think its worth it. The depth, the seat, the handles... I had to hold onto DH last time. Maybe the handles could take his place so I would be free to send him on errands for towels and OJ this time.

I didnt have a whole lot of trouble with the temperature of the pool last time. I would reccomend getting a water thermometer of some sort though just to make sure it stays around body temperature. Baby wont try to breath underwater if oxygen doesnt hit the roof of his mouth OR there isnt a large temp difference.
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I've seen those in person - and they are pretty nice!

I totally think you could easily sell it once you're done.
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I would totally get the birth pool in a box if it were available before I was due... Some of the rentals are just too expensive, and I can't find one locally to save on shipping.

My mw has a blow up pool I can use, but I would really want one of those...

Oh well, maybe next time! Good luck!!
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Subbing to see more input. We used a fishy pool last time but I think some extra depth would be pretty nice!

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