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28/05/2013 at 14:00
As title really - I think I'd prefer one with a heater and thermostat so that once it's up to temperature it should stay ready for action.
No clue on anything else though, like inflatable vs rigid, sizes, shapes, handles - help!
The only websites I've explored so far are the Barefoot Birth Pools (£300 for 4 weeks incl. delivery / collection) and Birthpools Online (£295 for 5 weeks incl. delivery / collection).
28/05/2013 at 15:07
I think - though I'm happy to be corrected - that for it to have a heater and thermostat, you're looking at a structured pool so it would need to go up when you hit term and stay up until its no longer needed. Inflatable pools take about 10 minutes to go up so you can inflate them when labour starts.
I hired a Birth Pool in a Box from Waterbaby Birthing Pool Hire and the service was fantastic. The cost was really reasonable, included delivery and collection and I'd definitely use them again should we go for number two. The pool arrived at 36 weeks in a small crate which sat in the corner of the living room. It had everything in it from the pool to the liner, hoses, tap adapters and even a sieve for *ahem* scooping matter! The pool was nice roomy and although I unfortunately never got to fill it, it was the perfect height to lean on whilst bouncing on my ball during the first two days of my labour.
28/05/2013 at 15:09
Oh and I think I paid £85 for the BPIAB. Inflatable are considerbly cheaper than rigids!
28/05/2013 at 16:46
Definitely cheaper! I'm worries about filling it though - our bath takes 40 mins to fill, it's painfully slow, and I'm expecting to want to use it probably daily in the run up to the birth - I do love a nice big bath to ease aches and pains! That's why I was leaning towards the ones with a heater, so once it's filled it'll stay warm and ready for a couple of weeks. They seem to have filters so we owuldn't be having to empty and re-fill it all the time (which we would with an inflatable).
28/05/2013 at 16:54
If you are using the birth pool in the run up to labour you are going to need to keep replacing the sterile liner aren't you > I don't think you could just fill it and leave it and keep reusing for 2 week although I might be wrong.
28/05/2013 at 16:57
I had an inflatable with baby#1, but didn't get it filled in time :-( Tempted by a rigid this because it could be filled at first twinge!
28/05/2013 at 19:26
JB - the ones with a filter are more able to be filled and left and the filter is constantly working. A bit like a swimming pool doesn't need to be emptied and refilled daily, I guess! My concern with inflatable is that I'll miss my chance, like you horsefan, or fill too early and it go cold! We don't have a great hot water system so trying to then heat up and previously cooled pool would be virtually impossible.
28/05/2013 at 19:39
The barefoot pools are safe for water to be left in for up to 7 days at a time, using the filter and cleaning system.
Birthpools online indicate that theirs can be set up for the duration of the hire period (5 weeks) and the clean, warm water is maintained but I have emailed them to clarify.
Ah I see. Tbh I haven't come across them in real life. All my friends have gone for BPIAB.
28/05/2013 at 19:53
I've found another company - Birthworks - who again say the same water can be left in for the whole hire period, but only if the filtration system is used - if not, it has to be emptied, sterilised and refilled every 24 hours.
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