We just used an inflatable, three ring kiddie pool. It was just the right size, and had an inflatable bottom as well - which was very comfortable (especially when I was on my hands and knees). Best of all - it only cost $20, much cheaper than any birth tub rental!<br><br>
I'm happy to answer any specific questions you might have!<br>
Here's the pool I used :<a href="http://www.qualityinflatables.com/58480.html" target="_blank">pool</a><br><br>
Great size and inflatable bottom, higher edges.<br><br>
I couldn't find ANY pools in the stores this summer that I thought would work! All were too shallow or too huge! I borrowed the pool I used (above link), so I have to buy it this time. But I hate to pay $10 for shipping! Oh well. It's worth it! I just couldn't believe I couldn't find anything comperable in the stores. But pamamidwife has lots of great links on her site--thanks!
What about keeping it warm? We have a great kiddie pool (thought it is pretty big..) but I wouldn't want to sit in cold water in Feb.! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
For me, keeping it warm won't likely be a problem. For my last water birth, it was still plenty warm when my son was born because it was a very short labor. (Same with my first!) But I'm curious too, how others keep the water warm.
We didn't fill the tub until right before I was ready to get in, but we had purchased a big plastic camping tarp to cover the tub with in order to help keep heat in if I had wanted to get in and out. I was in the tub for three or four hours total and we did have to empty a bit off the top and refill with hot water shortly before Bella was born, not because I was uncomfortable, but because my midwife explained that water should be at least the same temp as the amniotic fluid - or baby might be stimulated to breath by the shock of hitting a cooler environment (hope I explained that right). The midwives took care of all of that, and I really barely noticed it was happening - as I was off in labour land at that point!<br><br>
I had to laugh because that's the same pool my midwife gave me to use. I guess she must buy them in bulk!<br><br>
Re: keeping the pool hot - we used an RV hose hooked to the hot water faucet for the washing machine. We didn't need to because my labor was so fast, but I imagine you just bucket out some of the old water and run more hot in.
Keep it in the house. :LOL No, seriously...I never needed to add anything to the water to sanitize it. Your m/w will let you know if you need to get out b/c of meconium or something like that. The temperature is the main concern, needs to be kept at the right temp for baby. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
p.s. It's not an ordeal, it's a beautiful, life altering experience! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
Actually, there's some great European research to show that it isn't the water temp that causes that first breath, but the surface tension against the babies face - and when the head emerges, baby breathes!<br><br>
Ideally, with meconium, being born under water would be ideal - it would wash away all the mec around the face and mouth.<br><br>
I don't worry about temperature at all - what is comfortable for mom is perfect for the birth. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
with my last birth, we covered the pool (a sevylor electra <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">) w/a heavy quilt when i wasn't in it to keep heat in. labor lasted waaaay longer than i thought, and i didn't have it covered for a long time toward the end. water got pretty cold, but when i hit transition, it could have been 33 degrees and it wouldn't have mattered. all i wanted was back in the water!!! i did get out pretty soon after baby was born, unlike my second birth----i wouldn't get out, the water felt so good!<br><br>
i'm not sure what you mean by clean? if you're worried about poop, generally that happens during the second phase (pushing) and is easily scooped out if necessary. to me, blood and other fluids aren't dirty, so it's never been an issue <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">How did you keep the water clean during the whole ordeal? Thanks!</div>
There may be the occasional poopies in the pool which can be quickly scooped out by your midwife using a fish net. Other than that, it should stay very clean until the actual birth at which time you'll have some blood in the pool (but you can get out then if it bothers you - I didn't notice one bit though). Oh, and if your waters break while in the pool, you might get some of the sac and/or vernix floating around. Again, if it bugs you, the fish net can be used to scoop it or any other solids out.