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Last time, I birthed at a freestanding birthing center so the birth pool choice was made for me since they had a plumbed and installed jacuzzi-style pool (which I am in LOVE with... I swear, when we finally buy a house we're installing one!). This time, I'm birthing at home and am having *intense* stress about picking a birth pool... the whole depth v. cost v. handles v. water heater capacity v. whatever else business is really freaking me out. Right now, I'm tending toward either La Bassine or the Birth Pool In A Box... but I think it would really help if I could hear how other people have thought through the decision. Please, tell me how you worked it out!
 

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At the time (back in 2002), most ladies were using the fishy pool. So I used that one too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
My preceptor bought a Birth Pool In A Box a few weeks ago and we've used it at one birth so far. If I were planning my first homebirth and knew that I'd have more children and maybe could lend/rent out the pool later on, I'd spend the money on one of those. I reeeeeeeeally could have used the handles on the outside of it with my third (1st homebirth)! Plus it's a really nice size with quite a bit of room to move around in.
 

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I researched and read on this subject feverishly...I waited until the last minute to order and then second guessed my decision. Handles or no handles, heater or no heater, depth, width, how many gallons will it hold, how long to fill up, can I lean over the sides, will the floor cave in.............. Yup I've been there!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I wanted something with a heater, something I could stretch out in, but I wanted to be economical too. My choices were la bassine, aqua doula, or pool in a box. I finally bought a la bassine ( mainly because I wanted a pool here before 38 weeks...just incase<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">) I am so glad I did. I was able to <i><b>comfortably</b></i> lean over the sides and lay my head on the side of the pool ( which is the position I spent most of my labor in) and the handles were GREAT!!!! The labassine only holds a 100 gallons (compared to others that hold 200) so it didnt overtax on our water heater. The depth on the la bassine was great too, totally covered my belly and I'm a tall girl (5'10) We did have to warm the pool up once or twice but it was easy with the python hose. Good luck mama!!
 

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I'm awaiting the BPIAB now. For me, the deciding factor between that, the La Bassine, or an AquaDoula was the seat. I would really like to catch this baby myself, and envision delivering while squatting. I think both the buoyancy of the water AND the ability to sit back onto a seat - so as to not tax my legs too much - could really help.
 

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My mw has a La Bassine, so I'm using that. With a liner that I bought.
 

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We just used the MWs' pool: a <a href="http://www.waterbirthstore.org/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=2" target="_blank">Gentle Birth Pool Kit</a>. I loved it. I think there are places that rent them.
 

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cheap fishy pool here...loved it.
 

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cost and depth were my two big factors.<br><br>
The pool has to be deep enough for me to have the water up to my breasts (over the belly) and to still be buoyant while squatting. I also leaned over the side my first birth so I thought about what that would be like (that pool had very narrow sides like an above ground pool. I just had a chair right there to lean on.<br><br>
We went with the las bassine. We did a trial run this weekend and it's gonna be great! We filled it up in one go and had it a good temp (didn't even adjust the water heater temp first). The padded floor is really nice. I can fully lean on the sides and the seams are not rough on the skin.
 

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I had the fishy pool and will use it again for this birth. I think it is the deepest one out there, loved the padded floor and it was large enough for me to lean back and let my legs float freely!!! Even with my dh behind me. I could lean on the side too!! Love love love that is was cheap, only about $40<br><br>
When we were done with it we cleaned it up really good and used it in the summer for the kids!!<br><br>
Hope this helps!!<br><br>
Katie
 

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We used the ruond cheap fishy pool, basically b/c it was cheap! I was not thrilled, but I am hoping that the problem will be alleviated by pumping it up better. (I thought it was very well filled, but it was not nearly supportive enough when I wanted to lean on the sides...) in fact, we wil do a test run in the next couple of months so I can decide if we need to buy a la bassine or go all the way and get an aquadoula... $$ is an issue though, so I seriously don't want to do an aquadoula, unless I can buy one used and actually make some money back renting it...
 

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I'm a labor doula and got to see the fishy pool in action before deciding to use it myself. I LOVED that pool and now DS uses it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I used a hexagon fishy pool for my first birth (too big - overtaxed water heater) and used a small round fishy pool for my second birth - just right!
 

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Thanks for telling me about your trial run with La Bassine. Depth is really my big concern too, so knowing that it was deep enough for you really helps alleviate my fears. When I showed him on the website he was like "But, it's only 22 inches deep! That's not deep enough!" and kinda freaked me out.
 

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I've also read endlessly about birth pools. In the end I decided on the fishy pool b/c my first labour was only 4 hrs. I really don't want to spend $300 renting an aqua doula for a fast birth. Besides my friend ended up getting a fishy pool too and she was happy with it.
 

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I had this stress. I was concerned about depth and price and also environmental friendliness. Handles, too.<br><br>
We finally went with the fishy pool because I know others have succesfully used it and it's thrifty, and I didn't know enough about what I'd want during birth to have any idea whether the handles, etc, would be such a bonus for me. (Plus, it's easier to imagine my kid playing later in a fishy pool than in a "birth" pool.) We just blew the pool up yesterday and I'm pretty pleased with it. I wouldn't mind a couple more inches (I'm 5'8"), but it seems deep enough to do the trick. I think we will also try to add a bit more air to the sides; they are reasonably but not excessively sturdy. My birth ball is also the same height as the sides (I have a big one), so I may have that outside the pool for extra "leaning on" support.<br><br>
Altogether, I feel good about the choice; we're grad students and already paying for the birth out of pocket and $25 is way cheap. PIZZA costs more. If thrift weren't as much of a concern, I'd probably have gone with the BPIAB, though. Good luck!
 

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<a href="http://www.birthwithsol.com./birthpool.html" target="_blank">http://www.birthwithsol.com./birthpool.html</a><br><br>
I bought the one from the link above, because it was under $30 and looked big enough, and got good reviews.<br><br>
Catherine
 

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I knew I wanted a pool that would be deep enough and large enough for me.<br><br>
I didn't have a lot of money to spend, but could afford a couple hundred dollars.<br><br>
I bought the La Bassine. If the Birth Pool In a Box had been available, I would have bought that. The La Bassine was a little too shallow for me (fishy pool would have been useless). I would have liked more supportive sides, also (again, fishy pool would have been useless). This time around I plan to order the Birth Pool in a Box, which is a few inches deeper and appears to have more supportive sides. I liked leaning over the edge of the pool during labor.
 

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The big fishy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Loved it. Glad I didn't spend more.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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I think I'm just about to order the fishy pool based on economics and reviews. I found it for $17.95 on quality trading so I'm stoked on that! THanks for your input ladies!<br>
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Our midwife rents her own tub, a "soft tub", it was great. The women who had birthed in it before had written messages on the tub in permanent marker so there was this great energy that came along with the tub too.
 
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