Any BTDT bits of advice for me or anyone else filling a birth pool?!
But it only took us less than 5 mins to blow the pool up with the electric air pump. Since I like water running over my belly during surges I knew I'd be fine in a half empty pool with the hose pouring warm water over my belly during labor. Even still I think it was less than 15-20 mins to fill the pool up with warm/hot water. That was 100ish gallons.
Mom to 9 ~*~ 4 4 & 1(MtF) ~*~
Here's a breakdown of what it took to get the pool filled and drained.
* inflating the pool: 10 minutes. It was inflated a while ago and we topped it up, 5 minutes, with more air just before filling it. We used an electric air pump.
* filling it: we used a faucet->hose adapter and a 50 ft hose. The adapter costs less that $5 and just screws on to your tap, takes 3 seconds. The hose was new, never used. We intended to attach the hose to the bathroom sink about 10 feet away from out birth pool, but the sink would not fit the adapter because it has no groves in the faucet. So we had to attach the hose to the kitchen sink, downstairs and across the house. By luck, the distance was precisely 50ft away.
* Filling the pool timeline:
7:45 start filling with cold water
7:55 Start filling with hot water (heater on extra hot)
8:08 water is running cool again. about 8 inches of warm water in pool
turning hose off
9:00pm tap water is still too cool to continue to fill
9:40 water check in pool=still warm. start to fill with more hot water
10:00 water in hose running cold. Pool water is hot.
Takes 13 minutes for the hot water tank to empty.
So it took about 2 hours to get enough water in the pool to use it the way I wanted. I had a bath in it and the water was perfect for a hot bath but too hot for birth for my liking. There was enough water in the pool to cover me up to my belly button when I was sitting straight up. There was room in the pool for another tank of water. For birth, I think filling more of the pool with cold water would have gotten me more water and cooled it down to something more comfortable to birth in.
I feel satisfied with 2 tanks of hot water plus cold water top up as far as water volume for comfort measure goes. But I would prefer a few more inches of water, ideally.
2 hours to get it to this volume of water seems like a long time if birth happens quickly. I'm not sure when the water in the tap got hot again, sometime between 9 and 9:40 so maybe it might have only take 1.5 hrs to fill the pool. Not sure how to get around that. Boiling water on the stove or in a kettle would heat the water, but would take way too long to actually increase the volume.
Emptying the pool was easy. It took about 10 minutes. We siphoned the water through the hose into the kitchen sink. It was painless.
The pool we used was this one it's 60 inches in diameter and 22inches deep. It's a bit smaller than I would prefer; I'd like to extend my legs a bit more. But I feel it is deep enough and will be fine for diameter. Also, if it were any bigger, then I would have issues with filling it with water.
This pool has a 106 gallon at 80% capacity. Our hot water tank is 60 gallons.
The pool floor is not inflatable. So we have it on top of about 4 duvets/quilts. I found that really comfortable and cushy. It will also absorb water spills.
So all in all, not bad at all! And I got a nice relaxing bath out of it
My heart was racing. I thought you were in labor when I read the title. Soon enough though, right?
But yes, soon enough.
Seriously though, somebody has to have a baby soon!! it's only 17 days before the 1st of July and lotsa babes come a week or two before their due dates. Who's it gonna be?!!!
I'm doing my test run tomorrow morning.... so how did yours go? Any tips, or advice?
Other than what I posted above, I say keep the pool inflated and positioned where you want to fill it in the days or weeks leading to the birth. Have the adapters and hose ready and easily accessible so it goes quick when you need to get it started. Turn your hot water heater up as high as you are comfortable having it in the days/weeks leading to the birth. Position the pool so that your midwives can access you as easily as possible, especially if there is shoulder dystocia or something else that needs immediate access to you. I have 2 'emergency blankets' (the kind you use for camping...made of aluminum foil or something)to keep the pool warm if it is filled for a long time and I am not in it.
It was much easier and straight forward than we though. Our only hiccup was that we did this at bedtime and our dd was desperate to get in the pool.
One thing about filling - we found that the hose will screw right into the shower head. Just unscrew the head and attach the hose, no need for an adapter. We do get a drinking water safe hose from a local boating shop so it may have a different size connector than a regular garden hose. Also with it being in the shower head it is very close to the pool and fills very fast, about a half hour.
We also usually inflate ours and keep it on it's side a few weeks before due. I get a plastic drop cloth from the painting section and then cover that with some towels to protect the carpet.
So much fun getting this close and getting ready!!!
We haven't gotten ours yet - we've had 2 water births and the inflatable pool didn't survive for this one (icky meconium w/ last babe as she was born - nearly impossible to clean). Dh is getting on my case nearly every day about getting it, but I haven't been able to find one here yet.
Amazon - http://tinyurl.com/2427ytn about $34 + shipping
e-Bay - http://tinyurl.com/25v75rn about $25 + shipping (negotiated price though & I got it for $22)
Mom to 9 ~*~ 4 4 & 1(MtF) ~*~
Canadian mom of Myron born in Japan, March 2007. Our second son born at home, wonderful HBAC in July 2010. I am a jeweller, I love creating things!
1***5****10****15****20****25****30****35***40****45, Due June 10th, 2014
I am really glad to read your "report" about this pool because this is a specific one we are looking at if our midwife doesn't have a real birth pool available. We are in Montreal and the pools available here are different than the ones on the american websites, amazon.com etc. Many won't ship to Canada at all or the shipping is just too expensive. Thanks!
Despite my initial disappointment with not getting the 'right' pool, I think this one will work just fine. And it's on sale right now for less than $20.
Please let me know how you like it if you get it. I'd also recommend airing it out for at least a week. It smells strongly of plastic.
~It took us 5 minutes to fill with air with our electric pump, and
~about 30 minutes total for water.
We filled it half way, I got in, and let my kids get in with me to play a little. Then I had everyone leave the room and used the warm water hose to relax my aching lower back for a bit while it filled the rest of the way up. I actually fell asleep after that! I have never fallen asleep in water before, it was really very relaxing!
We used a pond pump to drain the pool. I think I'll keep the hose connected to the bathroom sink until labor day to save time in set up. I may change my mind if I end up being pregnant for the full 5 more weeks... But if this baby comes next week... (I wish I just KNEW when the baby was coming, it would solve so many things...)
And we got the cliche of boiling water while someone was in labor, too!
We have the Bassine pool, which is a dream come true. I found it 2nd hand but unused on craigslist with all the adapters/hose/accessories plus more than i need for homebirth supplies ALL for $100, so i'm very lucky to have it
Now it sits in the bedroom until needed..... !!!
Here it is, being filled. I'm standing at the foot of our bed when i took the picture.
inflation took 4 minutes with pump (not including the cover for the tub--we did that while filling the tub and that prob. took 2-3 mins)
the instructions say to fill 12 cms of cold water, which we did. that took 11 minutes.
filled with hot water for 14 minnutes until water became tepid/cool.
checked tap water 30 mins later--still cool. checked again at 45 minutes and it was hot!
ran water for another 15 minutes and got in the tub....ahhh!
temp was 42C/104F, hotter than you want for a birth.
so from start to finish it took 1hr 45 mins.
I really don't understand how some mamas are getting a full warm pool in 15-20 minutes? Are there some freakishly large hot water tanks out there? Or are the pools on the cool/room temperature end of things?
I agree, our pool was too hot for a birth as well, though there was still room to add more cool water to fill it to a better birth use level and bring the temp down. I wanted a nice warm bath though! But 42C/104F is too warm. I did not take the water temp, but I guess it must have been similar.
I hope you enjoyed your bath!! Yay for birth pools!!
Mom to 9 ~*~ 4 4 & 1(MtF) ~*~
Mom to 9 ~*~ 4 4 & 1(MtF) ~*~
I think it depends on the water capacity of the pools and water pressure. The first fishy pool I used was about 100 galons, the one I bought this time is 190 gallons so almost double so I don't know how hot/warm it will be nor how long it will take to fill.
for what it's worth, when i got up this am, i checked the pool temp and it was at 96F....the lid thing really kept it quite warm overnight! so i guess i wouldn't hesitate to fill the pool on the early side...
I hate to set the thing up ahead, though, since it will take up a lot of room, and I will probably not go into labor until 42 weeks or so, if this one follows tradition.
Glad to hear everybody is getting ready- and excited!! And great link, UCMamma, loved the pics- and the first Aquadoula pics were of someone who used my midwife!!
as for the hose adapter, not sure which kind you need.