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My midwife will supply the birthing pool. We asked her about draining it. She said we could drain it out a nearby window, which is our front yard. We are in a pretty rural area but... My DH is grossed out by this. He imagines our dogs getting in it etc. To me it for sure sounds better than the kitchen sink and I also wonder about stopping up the bathtub drain or something. Just how nasty will the water be? What do you all think?
 

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I think how nasty the water is really depends on the particular birth. We drained ours out the window and it really wasn't nasty. The pool had some vernix and some meconium floating around it in but there was so much water that it was hardly noticeable. The water looked clear even though I sat in it for over an hour after the birth. I've seen some other tubs look pretty gross though, lol.
 

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Hubs drained ours out of DS's bedroom window into the front yard. I didn't really see it, but I guess it wasn't too gross.haha!
 

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Don't they have pumps that you could attach to a hose and pump the water into your tub.<br><br>
That's what we are doing.
 

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we drained our's out the window into the flowerbed right there...those flowers actually did great after that! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> not gross at all...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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pretty sure you can drain it into your toilet, and somehow the toliet flushes itself when it gets too full and you just put the lid down to hold the hose in, I could swear I read that here, maybe in the sticky on birth pools? anyway google it and make sure that this is how a toliet works, or even try it out and dump a bunch of clean water in and see if it flushes itself
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">pretty sure you can drain it into your toilet, and somehow the toliet flushes itself when it gets too full and you just put the lid down to hold the hose in, I could swear I read that here, maybe in the sticky on birth pools? anyway google it and make sure that this is how a toliet works, or even try it out and dump a bunch of clean water in and see if it flushes itself</div>
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DH did this with our birthtub. I was afraid we'd have raccoons or some other wildlife hanging out to check out the debris.
 

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I'm going to let my husband worry about it. Hahaha! Is that horrible of me? He is aware of the need to eventually drain the pool, he can use his mechanical prowess to figure out how exactly he will be doing it. I'm sure the midwives will have plenty of suggestions for him too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My midwife will supply the birthing pool. We asked her about draining it. She said we could drain it out a nearby window, which is our front yard. We are in a pretty rural area but... My DH is grossed out by this. He imagines our dogs getting in it etc. To me it for sure sounds better than the kitchen sink and I also wonder about stopping up the bathtub drain or something. Just how nasty will the water be? What do you all think?</div>
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<span><span style="font-family:Georgia;">Mine had blood and poo in it, and the dogs/cats/ravens/smell were no an issue at all. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> BUT we found that have really high altitude, hose draining is impossible. My midwife, DH and FIL tried everything. They finally even up bailing it out, and then when it got light enough, just bending it out the window. In the end it worked, but not fun. Our midwife purchased a pump directly after that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
ETA: The bears didn't come around either!</span></span>
 

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We drained it out the back window. Our main reason for this approach was we did not want to run the large volume of water through our septic system and drain field. Since you live in a pretty rural area, you likely have a septic system also. This will save 100+ gallons of water from going into your system in a single shot.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We drained it out the back window. Our main reason for this approach was we did not want to run the large volume of water through our septic system and drain field. Since you live in a pretty rural area, you likely have a septic system also. This will save 100+ gallons of water from going into your system in a single shot.</div>
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Thanks! I did not think of that! We've had issues with our septic before. I will remind my DH of that!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">we drained our's out the window into the flowerbed right there...those flowers actually did great after that! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> not gross at all...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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This exactly!!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">pretty sure you can drain it into your toilet, and somehow the toliet flushes itself when it gets too full and you just put the lid down to hold the hose in, I could swear I read that here, maybe in the sticky on birth pools? anyway google it and make sure that this is how a toliet works, or even try it out and dump a bunch of clean water in and see if it flushes itself</div>
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I think you are right about this. I'll have to check it out more. Dh wants to drain into the tub because we have a grinder pump in the basement, but I don't want that going down the drain if their is *extra* stuff going along for the ride down. KWIM? I don't need to be dealing with a nasty backed up tub after dh goes back to work if something gets stuck on the way down to the grinder. I think it should just go out the window. We have five acres...it's not like anyone is going to have any idea what it is. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">pretty sure you can drain it into your toilet, and somehow the toliet flushes itself when it gets too full and you just put the lid down to hold the hose in, I could swear I read that here, maybe in the sticky on birth pools? anyway google it and make sure that this is how a toliet works, or even try it out and dump a bunch of clean water in and see if it flushes itself</div>
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Yep, it's actually the pressure of the water in the bowl that empties it. You can just stick the end of the hose into the bowl and put the lid down to hold it in. Done it as a mw asst! It really does work.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">pretty sure you can drain it into your toilet, and somehow the toliet flushes itself when it gets too full and you just put the lid down to hold the hose in, I could swear I read that here, maybe in the sticky on birth pools? anyway google it and make sure that this is how a toliet works, or even try it out and dump a bunch of clean water in and see if it flushes itself</div>
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we've done this, previously because all my dc were born in the winter and everything would have frozen and stayed with us for a long time in the yard; most recently we did it because we were concerned about attracting coyotes.
 
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