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#1 of 8 Old 08-12-2008, 10:55 AM - Thread Starter
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These are the 3 birth pools available for me to rent for my birth... If anyone has used any of these could you please give me your opinion or which would be the best choice? Money isn't really an issue and I had my last baby in my bathtub so I don't even really know what I would like or need in a birth pool...

The Spa N A Box is heated and jetted, which seems great, but my midwife said that a major drawback is that the sides and bottom aren't padded. I guess I could just put towels down or something though??

The other 2 aren't heated or jetted, but look very comfy since they are inflatable...

Which would be your choice?

Thanks in advance for any input!!
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I used the la bassine and found it very comfortable! I do not have very long labours though, so water temp was not really an issue! i have not tried the others so I can't compare. But I LOVED my water birth and the la bassine was just a lovely place for a baby to swim into! Good luck.

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I haven't seen/heard of the other 2, but I will climb a mountain and sing praises for the La Bassine pool! It is phenomenal and perfect, with no unnecessary bells and whistles. I birthed in it, and have lent it to 4 mamas to birth in it as well. It sits in my closet awaiting my next birth.

What are the price differences?

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I used the La Bassine. It was very comfy and I changed positions a lot. My labor was short so water temp was not and issue although we would've just added hot water if needed. I would definitely recommend it.


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La Bassine.
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I used the Sevylor which is the same shape at La Bassine. It costs only $35 to buy.
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I think LaBassine and BPIAB are very comparable. But BPIAB is deeper by a couple of inches I believe. I birthed in a BPIAB and it was absolute heaven! I used all three sets of handles in various positions and I also used the seat to put my leg up on when I was trying to change positions for the shoulder dystocia we had. It was also deep enough for me. When I was trying to decide, I figured if I wanted less water, I could have less water. But if I wanted deeper water, I wouldn't have that option w/Labassine. I'd go with either of the inflateds though. The padded bottom was soo nice on my knees after laboring on land.

Just my two cents, but I LOVED my BPIAB (regular size).

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I've used and actually owned and subsequently rented the Spa-in-a-Box. Personally I think it's the best choice out there for several reasons. The sides are totally strong - it's no problem to sit or lean on them (I did plenty of leaning over the sides of the tub). It doesn't feel hard (granted mine was on a carpeted floor both times), there's plenty of room to move around in during labor (I sort of would pace back and forth like a cat I guess) and it's plenty roomy for someone else to be in there to catch, if you want (my dh did), it not only maintains the heat of the water but can heat it too if needed, I love that it has the soft locking cover (to keep pets/kids out and heat in), the jets are fine although I've never used them *during* labor and haven't known others to do that but I guess that's just personal preference, and it was wonderful to relax in it in the days/weeks leading up to my births. Oh, and the depth is fantastic.

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