I had a UC Waterbirth two yrs ago. I loved the water ... literally rushed back to the blow up pool after using the bathroom, because it brought such relief.
Have something read to scoop solids - a fish net or something with a little trash can and liner nearby.
Some people do a 'test run' to be sure the pool will fit in the room, and also to see how long it takes to blow up and fill. We blew it up a couple of days before the birth but didn't actually fit it until the morning I went in labor.
Something I would be mindful of ... I had the pool in a place that was 'perfect' but when I left the room and my husband and son started filling it, they had moved it over a bit which blocked the pathway to the rest of the room, causing everyone to have to climb over the bed to get on the other side. Not a huge deal, but it's definitely something I'll be mindful next time around because if I had wanted to get to the other side of my bedroom, I doubt I'd have wanted to crawl across the king size bed! LOL!
We used a fill and drain syphen that was purchased from the Aquarium section at Petsmart ... it worked well to fill the pool, and then drain/fill as time passed and I needed warmer water in labor ... but it got clogged or something and we ended up borrowing a submersible pump from our neighbor to drain it after the birth. My husband said this time, he'll have the sub. pump ready just in case - it was easy and fast, and he drained the water out the bedroom window into the front lawn, instead of the kitchen sink.
I was in a blow up pool and found it difficult to really get my bearings when pushing in the water. It felt so good to be in there, I kept getting back in ... but am thinking of a way to place the pool near a solid wall or something that I can really grab onto if I need to hold something while pushing. There was something about being 'weightless' in the water pushing at the same time that seemed counterproductive ... If I had something solid to grab, I feel my pushing would have been more productive and the birth wouldn't have taken quite as long. Maybe I'll have Dh fasten some handles into the wall or floor. LOL! :LOL
... I'm sure we'll figure out something.
Have lots of towels ready ... some fell into the pool but we had plenty more ready to warm baby when he was born.
If I think of anything else, I'll post. That's all I can come up with for now.