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anyone had any luck lately finding the fishy pool? I can't find them in stock anywhere... since baby is due long before summer, I'm wondering if I should just splurge on La Bassine. Anyone else made a decision?<br><br>
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I couldn't find any pools either, so I thought about the La Bassine too. I just can't bring myself to spend $100 bucks on an inflatable pool. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
I finally checked out Sports Authority online and found a Sevylor pool. With shipping it will be less than $52!! I learned about this brand of pool from both the mdc/homebirthing forum & my local homebirthing group. The sides have *beams* in them so you can actually sit on the side of the pool without it crushing down. LOVE THAT <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br><a href="http://www.sportsauthority.com/product/index.jsp?productId=855216&cp=&origkw=sevylor+pool&kw=sevylor+pool&parentPage=search" target="_blank">http://www.sportsauthority.com/produ...entPage=search</a>
 

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I'm having a hard time deciding what to do about a pool myself. My midwife has the big ol' rubbermaid trough type thingie but I am not too crazy about it. My concern is how dark it is in there, she won't be able to see at all what's going on down below. I trust my body and baby to do what it needs to but she says that basically I will be responsible for my perineum...letting her know if it's burning too much and then holding the head back a bit while I blow through contractions if need be. My concern is at that point I am totally disconnected from everything, at least in my previous experience. I pushed for an hour and a half with my son and I really was exhausted and not feeling much at the end. I don't think I am really in touch with my body at that point, just very very deep inside myself. I don't like the idea of delivering the baby myself, I really don't. My previous midwife had a spa-in a-box and I really loved that but they are just too dang expensive to rent! Has anyone else delivered in one of the fishy pools and what was it like??
 

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I had the fishy pool for my second birth and it was great. It spent a long hot summer outside though and is no condition to be used for another birth. lol!<br>
I birthed my first baby in a deep bath tub with jets and while at the time I had no complaints about it, the fishy pool was WAY better. I loved that it had the inflated floor ridges. I could kind of rest my heels on them and let my bottom float -so while I was in a sitting position I wasn't actually sitting on my bones if that makes sense. The walls were thick enough that I could rest on them without them colapsing too. I thought about the trough too but apart from not finding them in a quick search, I don't like the idea of the hard walls and the darkness you talk about too.<br>
While I understand that the mum needs to communicate her needs during pushing/crowning, I want someone else to be able to *see* what's going on. I was never able to push down hard enough on the top edge of baby's head to relieve the pressure at that time of crowning... I had a bad tear the first time and while it wasn't so bad the second time, It's really important to me that someone is helping me A LOT through those last few CNTXs to let that little head just slip out...
 

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<a href="http://www.yourwaterbirth.com/pools.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.yourwaterbirth.com/pools.shtml</a><br><br>
i know the fishy pools are all out of stock right now, but this site has something called the "electra" which is only $50.... not as good as $25, but better than $100!!<br><br>
i am lucky enough to rent an aquadoula for a sliding scale fee.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm having a hard time deciding what to do about a pool myself. My midwife has the big ol' rubbermaid trough type thingie but I am not too crazy about it. My concern is how dark it is in there, she won't be able to see at all what's going on down below. I trust my body and baby to do what it needs to but she says that basically I will be responsible for my perineum...letting her know if it's burning too much and then holding the head back a bit while I blow through contractions if need be. My concern is at that point I am totally disconnected from everything, at least in my previous experience. I pushed for an hour and a half with my son and I really was exhausted and not feeling much at the end. I don't think I am really in touch with my body at that point, just very very deep inside myself. I don't like the idea of delivering the baby myself, I really don't. My previous midwife had a spa-in a-box and I really loved that but they are just too dang expensive to rent! Has anyone else delivered in one of the fishy pools and what was it like??</div>
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You could line the pool with a white sheet so you can see what is going on....
 

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most midwives who attend waterbirths carry underwater flashlights if they are concerned about what is going on under there.<br><br>
i have heard of plenty of women birthing in the fishy pools. we used a $10 pool from k-mart even and it was fine.<br><br>
i'm getting an aquadoula this time because i want a heater for the winter.
 

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Found a fishy pool. I'm excited I could not get a good push with DD in the tub at the hosp. It was hard and my butt and back hurt. I'm excited about the padded bottom <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">most midwives who attend waterbirths carry underwater flashlights if they are concerned about what is going on under there.<br><br>
i have heard of plenty of women birthing in the fishy pools. we used a $10 pool from k-mart even and it was fine.<br><br>
i'm getting an aquadoula this time because i want a heater for the winter.</div>
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My midwife told me she doesn't see can't see down there and that I would be in charge of my body at that point. Which I don't think I'm very comfortable with...but it is so weird because last night I had a dream where I gave birth to a baby boy in a swimming pool all alone! Well my dh was there and stuff but no midwife and I pulled him from my body unassisted. And it only took two pushes! Sooooo strange! I had the best feeling when I woke up from it in the middle of the night. What do you think, a sign??
 

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i think a caregiver who tells you are in charge of your body is a gem!<br><br>
and you can have dh get in there and help you if you need. my mw just coached dh a little when my son was born (very dark in the room he was born in anyway), telling him how to support me and the baby. when a loop of cord came out with ds' head, she just said "big breath, push hard now." and out he came.<br><br>
or maybe you will feel the need to get out when baby is ready to be born. who knows?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><a href="http://www.yourwaterbirth.com/pools.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.yourwaterbirth.com/pools.shtml</a><br><br>
i know the fishy pools are all out of stock right now, but this site has something called the "electra" which is only $50.... not as good as $25, but better than $100!!.</div>
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This is the sevylor pool I purchased<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">i think a caregiver who tells you are in charge of your body is a gem!<br><br>
and you can have dh get in there and help you if you need. my mw just coached dh a little when my son was born (very dark in the room he was born in anyway), telling him how to support me and the baby. when a loop of cord came out with ds' head, she just said "big breath, push hard now." and out he came.<br><br>
or maybe you will feel the need to get out when baby is ready to be born. who knows?</div>
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Oh I'm not complaining, it's just that I know myself and I know I am not really present at that point during the birth and I don't want to be pulled out of the "space" I go into. It's exactly where I need to be at that time. I like having a caregiver who's present and watching out for me because, like I said, at that time I don't think I can. And she doesn't think the rubbermaid trough will be big enough for hubby and I. I would be shocked if I wanted to get out to birth baby, just because I adorded the waterbirth experience last time. But I guess every birth is different.
 
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