So this is probably a little early to be asking, but I'm 10.5 weeks pregnant and looking forward to a homebirth in June.
Last time, my 42 hour labor, part of it in a miserably cold tiny bathtub, didn't go so hot. And this time I want to do whatever possible to proactively create a better experience. One way I want to do that is by using an actual, deep birthing tub. I don't have to give birth in it, but I WOULD like to labor in it! My midwife doesn't have them and kinda said I was on my own to find one if I wanted one.
I am interested in whether there is a place I can rent one locally (Anchorage/Valley area) or if people have had experience with buying or renting one through the mail. I've looked at some other threads on this, but I know some places can be weird about shipping outside of the lower 48. Also, should I invest in a heater?
Happy Wife since 12/31/05 ~ Blessed Mama to 2/8/09 and 6/11/11, with on the way due 2/24/14
~Jenni, rural frugal Alaskan, eternally married to Dragon
loving my wild things DS Wolf (12), 3 angels, DS Bear (6) & DS Eagle (3)
I'm sure there is no where in AK to rent one, but it would not hurt to maybe post a craig's list ad asking.
I have not used a tub to labor in but when we were in a dry cabin in Fairbanks, we have a lovely 150 gallon stock tank for a bath tub! I always thought it would be great for laboring in! Oh and think about getting a Python for filling and draining! http://www.amazon.com/50ft-Python-Spill-Clean-Fill/dp/B000255NXM
Good Luck and Congratulations!
My MW rents them out...New Life Midwifery in Wasilla. I'm not sure if you have to be a patient of hers or not. You may want to call around to other midwifery's and ask if they rent them out as well.
S, mama to L(DD)-12/04, K(DS1)-12/06, C(DS2)-03/09 & B(DS3)-05/11