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Hi mamas!

 

Im due with my third baby in june this will be my first UC BIRTH joy.gifand am planning a waterbirth.jpg in my home and just have a few questions about the birth pool. hopefully you ladies can help me out! smile.gif

 

do i have to clean/santize my pool prior to using? or can i just take it out when labor starts and use it?

 

if you do haave to clean how do i go about that?

 

do you recommend a thermoneter for keeping track of water temp , or is just a waste of money?

 

I plan on using our garden hose to fiill  our pool but iwas reading its best to buy a new one  hose and a new tap connector  to ensure safety in hygiena, is that nessesary?

 

how do you empty your pool aftwards?

 

I bought a bucket to dump the water out in our backyard but hubby think it will stink if we do that confused.gif

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IDK about cleaning the pool... I didn't with my last birth.  I know that I read it was better to buy a new hose- I went to Ace and you can buy it by the foot (it's clear) and use this! http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=1814417&cp=2568452.2631240.1260905 

 

Made filling and emptying easy!!!  we just removed the screen from our bdrm window and let it out that way, not stinky at all!!!!

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Thanks for the link! im def going to go buy one!

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I bought a drinking water safe hose to fill the tub.  You can get your faucet hose adapter at the hardware store.  I used the "fishy pool" for the second time last time (new pool though) I just couldn't justify spending more when the "fishy pool" is just as good. I used it straight from the box. DH inflated super fast with his air pump.  I think a pool thermometer is useful.  You want to make sure your water is hot enough but not too hot that it will overheat you.  101 is a good temp.  Don't forget to turn up your water heater temp!  I ran out of hot water during my last very fast birth.  You could also get a plastic table cloth to use as a lid to keep the water warm while you're not in the tub. As for dumping the pool afterward DH runs the hose out a window and syphons it out. A large fish net is good for clean up or if you deliver the placenta in the pool (which I've never done) There weren't smell issues with that.   Good luck and happy birthing.  

 


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Hi mamas!

 

Im due with my third baby in june this will be my first UC BIRTH joy.gifand am planning a waterbirth.jpg in my home and just have a few questions about the birth pool. hopefully you ladies can help me out! smile.gif

 

do i have to clean/santize my pool prior to using? or can i just take it out when labor starts and use it?

 

if you do haave to clean how do i go about that?

 

do you recommend a thermoneter for keeping track of water temp , or is just a waste of money?

 

I plan on using our garden hose to fiill  our pool but iwas reading its best to buy a new one  hose and a new tap connector  to ensure safety in hygiena, is that nessesary?

 

how do you empty your pool aftwards?

 

I bought a bucket to dump the water out in our backyard but hubby think it will stink if we do that confused.gif


I have had 8 waterbirths. I only bleach out a pool once. I am even sure why I felt the need too.

 

I used a thermometer w/ my 3rd-7th. In labor w/ my 7th the glass fish tank thermometer broke. I haven't used one since and never thought I needed one again.

 

I used a regular garden w/ my 3rd-8th and a water tap white one for rv's w/ my 9th and 10th.

 

My dh and/or my kids dump the water out after w/ a bucket or big bowls. Sometimes it went down the drain of the tub or toilet, other times outside. It never smelled after we dumped the water outside.

 


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I used the fishy pool as well and didn't clean it prior. We did a test run on it to check for leaks and mainly to see how long our hot water would last. No, didn't use a thermometer. HOWEVER they had the hose filling at the bottom of the pool and at one point they felt the water was actually too hot and started adding cool water........only to find out that all the cold water was sitting at the bottom of the pool. I ended up having to wait 30-45 minutes from when I wanted to get in so they could take out some water and add more hot.

 

We drained in out the window with the hose (used a white RV hose).

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My 9th and your 2nd were born on the same day and year.


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thanks everyone for your replies yall have really been helpfull ! I will also be using the fishy pool, wont worry about santize , but i guess i can jus air it out so it dosent have that smell pools tend to have.

 

Another question too , where can i buy the hose? i dont have an Ace around here ,for some reason i thought we did , but we dont.  would home depot have one? i really dont live in a big town so i dont have much option unless i order on line.

 

 

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thanks everyone for your replies yall have really been helpfull ! I will also be using the fishy pool, wont worry about santize , but i guess i can jus air it out so it dosent have that smell pools tend to have.

 

Another question too , where can i buy the hose? i dont have an Ace around here ,for some reason i thought we did , but we dont.  would home depot have one? i really dont live in a big town so i dont have much option unless i order on line.

 

 

My kids will be blowing mine up today to air out the yucky smell. I bought my rv hose from Walmart here in my small town, otherwise Home Depot has them as well.

 


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Someone recommended I get a birth pool because the sides are more rigid so you can really lean on them during labor.  What do y'all think?  I bought a fishy pool 2 years ago when I was planning a natural VBAC with the twins.  I just assumed I'd use that.

 

Any particular reason to get a drinking water quality hose instead of a clean garden hose??


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Any particular reason to get a drinking water quality hose instead of a clean garden hose??



I think ??? it's to make sure its lead-free.


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My 9th and your 2nd were born on the same day and year.


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I've never used a birth pool (plan to this time as tub isn't wide enough) and don't remember cleaning it  (my bathtubs) before. I mean I just kept it clean daily. I'm not sure what to do with birth pool either but I wouldn't use bleach, maybe povidone??

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I bought an AquaBorn Eco Birth Pool from YourWaterBirth.com. Unfortunately I was unable to birth in it, but I did labor in it...AmAzInG thumbsup.gif

 

I labored at home for 16 hours and getting in that tub was glorious. I got in and out 3x while at home because I was relaxing a little too much. Ctx were same intensity, but 1-1.5m apart on land and would slow down to 3+m in the tub. I didn't have a thermometer, just went with what felt comfortable, and we kept two big pots on the stove to replenish warm water. Also, these tubs come with a liner and you can purchase extra. I highly doubt I will be sharing this tub (esp. since I haven't even used it to it's fullest potential yet h20homebirth.gif btw I've read you can get 5-6 uses out of a personal birth pool with proper care/storage), so I didn't bother using the liner. I inflated it with some pump that came with an air mattress and I just did some quick swipes with the steam cleaner and rag. I did not buy a new hose or adapter. I took a fairly new garden hose that had only been used in the house and followed these instructions for disinfecting it (step 9: I ran really hot water through it for like 30 minutes to rinse): http://www.ehow.com/how_7506115_disinfect-old-water-hose.html

 

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Someone recommended I get a birth pool because the sides are more rigid so you can really lean on them during labor.  What do y'all think?  I bought a fishy pool 2 years ago when I was planning a natural VBAC with the twins.  I just assumed I'd use that.

 

Any particular reason to get a drinking water quality hose instead of a clean garden hose??

I have done 7 waterbiths in a fishy pool and never had issues w/ the sides not be rigid enough to support leaning or even someone sitting on the edge. Lead is the potential issue w/ garden hose, I did use one w/ most of my waterbirths though. I switched when I became aware to a rv drinking hose.
 

 


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We bought a drinking water hose to fill the birth pool with, and then just siphoned it with that very same hose when it came time to empty it. 

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awsome im def going to haave to chk walmart out ! so is it called a "RV HOSE" just wanna make sure i know what im loooking for. 

 

also is it recommended to use only the water from the sink in the kitchen or tub , or can i also use the water hose connection from outside with a  drinking water hose?

 

My intial plan was to set my pool  in our game room since it leads to the outside and fill our pool with the hose , since we have easy acces to the hose connection . How long are the RV hose ? I will def need more then 50ft  if its best to use kitchen sink to fill the pool.....

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not sure how long an RV hose is, and we weren't able to find our drinking water hose (essentially the same thing I imagine, but possibly longer?) at walmart but we did pick one up for about ten dollars at a local hardware store.

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awsome im def going to haave to chk walmart out ! so is it called a "RV HOSE" just wanna make sure i know what im loooking for. 

 

also is it recommended to use only the water from the sink in the kitchen or tub , or can i also use the water hose connection from outside with a  drinking water hose?

 

My intial plan was to set my pool  in our game room since it leads to the outside and fill our pool with the hose , since we have easy acces to the hose connection . How long are the RV hose ? I will def need more then 50ft  if its best to use kitchen sink to fill the pool.....


Mine is white, it was easy to find. It is only 25ft I believe, you can buy more than one. It won't matter where you hook it up to get water.

 


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Ok awsome! I invision my self birthing in our game room with the doors open and feeling the nice summer breeze im glad we can use the outside water connection :) so im sure 25ft is all ill need since the water connection outside is super close to the game room.

 

Now since illl be using te outside waterhose connection , I will have to boil hot water since there no way of making the water hot right? and if i was to connect the hose to our kitchen sink , we can just turn up the hot water in our boiler to make the water come out super hot right?

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Ok awsome! I invision my self birthing in our game room with the doors open and feeling the nice summer breeze im glad we can use the outside water connection :) so im sure 25ft is all ill need since the water connection outside is super close to the game room.

 

Now since illl be using te outside waterhose connection , I will have to boil hot water since there no way of making the water hot right? and if i was to connect the hose to our kitchen sink , we can just turn up the hot water in our boiler to make the water come out super hot right?

Well if it only comes out cold I personally wouldn't go that route. Way too much effort, LOL. I have quick labors though, usually. I'd just connect to kitchen sink. I do turn up water heater at beginning of labor.
 

 


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Well if it only comes out cold I personally wouldn't go that route. Way too much effort, LOL. I have quick labors though, usually. I'd just connect to kitchen sink. I do turn up water heater at beginning of labor.
 

 



Yes i was thinking of this lastnight  it might be to much of a hassle to boil water ugh! lol  i might just labor in our bedroom ,since we have our bathroom in our room , since this is # 3 not sure how fast labor will be but i sure as heck dont want to wait around for hot water lol

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Yes i was thinking of this lastnight  it might be to much of a hassle to boil water ugh! lol  i might just labor in our bedroom ,since we have our bathroom in our room , since this is # 3 not sure how fast labor will be but i sure as heck dont want to wait around for hot water lol

I always set up the pool in my bedroom, my haven. My dh connects to our shower arm, takes off showerhead and connects adapter and then hose. Would that option work for you?
 

 


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I've birthing the the kitchen and last time was in the living room.  Our room would have been too small to put the pool in unless we moved our beds out.  It would have been nice to be able to shut a door and get some peace.  DH ended up taking DS out of the house and he missed the birth.

 


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I've birthing the the kitchen and last time was in the living room.  Our room would have been too small to put the pool in unless we moved our beds out.  It would have been nice to be able to shut a door and get some peace.  DH ended up taking DS out of the house and he missed the birth.

 



Oh no!  ive thought of that scenorio  sp? i can just imagine my kids coming in and out  of the kitchen and at least in our room we def can close the door ,im thinking if kids are being too loud and dh needs to take them outside , im going to use walkie talkies to get ahold of dh in the backyard lol if im close to giving birth , but hopefully i give birth in the middle of the night when the lil monkeys are asleepsmile.gif

 

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I always set up the pool in my bedroom, my haven. My dh connects to our shower arm, takes off showerhead and connects adapter and then hose. Would that option work for you?
 

 



My bedroom is my haven as well and im def going to set up the pool in my room , luckily our room is pretty big. I havent bought the adapter yet i did see the hose at walmart so will be buying the 5oft next week,  but wil the same adapter for the sink fit on the showerhead ??  i would rather have the hose connected to the showerhead...

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My fishy pool started deflating, but we blew it up two weeks before labor (I wanted it ready just in case!). During labor I really wanted something strong to hold on to and the sides were not sufficient. During contractions, I had a tricky time because I needed to just "let go" while holding on (make sense? lol), but my face would almost submerge because of the deflation. Ick!

 

I do think that it must have had a hole or air leak, though, since the night of labor my husband had to inflate it again for me. I think the fishy pool is probably quite adequate (despite my experience). I may, however, opt for a birthing pool next time just to see if it stands up to the hype. :) It'll probably work better for me just because of the fishy pool circumstances I was in.

 

Oh, I had a hell of a time finding a hose, too. All the stores had safe for drinking but not recommended for hot temperatures. AY! In the end we took our chances with one of those and hoped the water wasn't "too hot". (They didn't even define 'hot' on their package, so it was anyone's guess as to their limit.)


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I didn't have a UC, but I did have a pool that I labored in...

 

I was looking at all the pools - I liked the aqua doula the best, but it was SO expensive, more to rent than others were to BUY.  The Aquaborn Eco is what I would've gone with if I hadn't been given a fish pool for free.

 

I had my fishy pool filled for over a week, and we'd bail out cold water with a bucket (one we normally use for mopping) and then re-fill with hot water from the kitchen.... at one point when the water was pretty low, we topped off the air in the pool (didn't want to do that with a FULL pool)... I leaned on the sides a LOT... and they did okay, but it wasn't the sturdiest thing EVER... (fwiw, I weighed about 200lbs during labor)... I had thought I might want handles that are in some of the birth pools, but I didn't really end up wanting them...

 

I definitely used the thermometer - at first to measure what "felt right" to me - I'd had a midwife recommend not going above 105F... I found that somewhere between 100 and 105 was about right (or start off at 105, because it would inevitably cool down.

 

I bought a kit for $88 from www.waterbirthsolutions.com (they also sell pools and tarps and universal liners) that included a pump for inflation/deflation, a kitchen sink adapter, a 25' drinking water hose, thermometer, mirror, debris net, long gloves, and a submersible pump for getting the water out... I didn't need/use ALL that stuff, but it was cheaper to buy the kit than to find the things I needed individually.  I also got a Y adapter from home depot so we could still use the sink without unscrewing the hose.

 

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Oh, and my fishy pool has been out in the shed for a year now and was used in the yard, of course, for the kiddos last summer.  What should I use to clean it??  Something not too toxic would be nice!


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DD 2004; 3 angel1.gif babies 2007-08; rainbow1284.gif twin DDs 2009; DD 7/12/11 hospital uhoh3.gif VBAC bouncy.gifafter 2 cesareans!

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