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I planned a home water birth with my first child 5 years ago and we hired a rigid pool for 4weeks. Unfortunately due to my waters breaking and labour not progressing I had to transfer to hospital after 30 hours so I never got to use the hired pool. I was really disappointed and my experience in hospital was far from pleasant. So much so that I took my own discharge less than 6 hours after my daughter was born and after having a spinal to remove my retained placenta. I just had to get out of there! After a traumatic labour and birth lasting over 45 hours I then had to wait for the hire company to take the pool away which took over a week so I had a daily reminder of the awful labour I had and the fact that I missed out on my much wanted home water birth. Every time I saw the pool I felt so disappointed. Not to mention the fact that is cost me over £250 to hire it for 4 weeks!
And so second time round, determined to get my homebirth I decided upon buying a Birth Pool in a Box. I figured that at least if it didn't all go to plan the pool could be quickly put away and would be there as reminder.
And so the internet research began! I spent hours reading reviews on many different websites and comparing the cost of each different pool and every time the Eco pool came top. I am also 5ft 11" so I needed a pool which would be suited to my height.
In the end I finally decided on the Eco Birth Pool in a Box Regular, The Standard Filling Kit and A Heat Retaining Cover. Total cost including delivery was £135 (April 2010)
The good birth company also have a fantastic returns policy which states that you can return the pool unopened within 90 days for a full refund or if you have opened the pool and not put any water in then they will refund you 50%. They charge a £5 restocking fee. The other option I thought was that I could resell it on eBay or use it for the kids as a pool in the garden!
My pool was delivered 2 days later. I already had an electric pump and a draining pump so I only bought the standard filling kit which contains a hose and tap connectors.
We set the pool up for a trial run about 2 weeks before I was due and It was so easy to put up, there are 3 valves on the side and one for the bottom all in all it took us about 20 mins to inflate the entire pool. The bottom of the pool is also inflated and there is a seat built in to the pool. The pool took about 10 mins to deflate and put away using an electric pump. So now it was time to wait for D-Day!
When D-Day arrived we decided to set the pool up. Luckily we were using the conservatory so it wouldn't be in the way. Good thing really as it wasn't to be used for another 12 days in the end!
When I FINALLY went into labour and things seemed to be moving on we started to fill the pool. We have a really old back boiler and put the hot water onto constant. It took around 3 tanks and 2 hours to fill the pool and we inflated to heat retaining cover and put it on. We didn't fill the pool right up to max allowing room for it to be topped up with hot water when needed. It was about 6 hours before I needed the pool and the heat retaining cover really did its job well the water had only lost about 2 degrees, although please bare in mind that is was June so the weather was quite warm.
Once I got into the pool it felt AMAZING, The water really helped to soothe the pain of the contractions as did the gas & air! The seat however built into the pool was not big enough to sit on but it made a great back rest as I sat on the floor of the pool! 2 hours later my daughter was born and the water was still lovely and warm. We didn't actually need to top it up at all once I had got in. The pool also has built in handles on the sides which were great for holding onto during contractions.
By the time I had delivered the placenta and was ready to get out, the water was cooling and not a very pretty sight but we used an electric water pump straight into the drain outside and the pool was empty pretty quickly, the disposable liner went straight into a bin bag and the pool was deflated and put away by the same evening.
I would recommend an Eco Birth Pool In a Box to anyone considering a water birth.
When I was pregnant with my daughter I was adament that I would be having a water birth - after all I love being in the water and find it more than relaxing so really thought a water birth would be the way to go to ease the pains of labour. When I told my midwife what I wanted she looked at me with what I can only call pity in her eyes as she told me that there were only 2 birthing pools at the hospital and there were 6 other women who she saw that were due on the same day as me and 4 of them wanted a water birth too at the hospital. 2 birthing pools and 5 women wanting to use them on possibly the same day - you do the maths.
My midwife suggested that a good idea although there was no guarantee that we would all go into labour at the same time and cause a traffic jam for the birthing pools, would be to purchase my own birthing pool to use at home until one became available at the hospital. It seemed like a good idea (even though I really wanted to be in hospital to give birth just in case) so as soon as we got home from the appointment with her I was off searching the internet for the birthing pool. We ended up getting one from Boots for just over £115 - babies are an expensive business! And the labour part suddenly got costly too! I purchased the value pack which consisted of the following items:
*Hand inflate-deflate pump
*15 metre filling hose
*2 types of hose-tap connector
*Slip-resistant floor sheet
The birthing pool is suitable for woman from 5ft 6in tall to women of 6ft.
Now me being me I wanted to do a test run of the birthing pool before I was due to go into labour as I needed to know if my husband would be able to get it all set up right and plus I wanted to make sure that it was okay and nothing was damaged inside. It would be just my luck to have gone into labour and got it all set up to find a massive hole in the bottom of it!
My husband had the pool inflated very quickly despite it having 3 seperate ringed chambers. We have an electric pump and the easiest and quickest way was to use it to inflate these. My husband set about filling the pool up which took around an hour as you have to keep checking the temperature and making sure it is at the right temperature.
When inflated and filled, the birthing pool was not only very sturdy, it was also very big! There was plenty of room in the pool to move about.
Unfortunately the test run was as far as I got with the birthing pool as when I went into labour the midwife told me that I was able to go straight to hospital and use their birthing pool if I preferred seeing that as my daughter was my first child to which I agreed.
I have to say though that although the pool was not used and ended up on eBay it was very well made and I do think it was absolutely perfect for its intended use. I highly recommend it for a home birth though I do recommend getting an electric pump to inflate it to make set up time a bit quicker.
After a very good natural birth at a birth centre with my first child where I used a pool for part of my labour, I opted for a home birth with my second child.
We got the pool, a liner, a pump, a thermometer, a hose and connectors and a few extra bits. My husband started to pump the pool up when I'd been in labour for about 3 hours. It was actually quite easy to pump up. The floor was harder than the sides, but nothing too hard. We had the manual pump rather than an electric one.
There were a few issues with filling it, but that was user error rather than equiptment error (make sure you use the correct tap adapators for your taps!)
Using water during labour is amazing and gives such relief as soon as you step in the pool. t is a very good size to float around in and as things got more intense, it was very comfortable to lean over the side.
My husband kept topping up with boiled kettles which felt lovely as the water floated around. When my baby was born he was quite happy floating in the water with me and it was a lovely, peaceful experience.
My husband emptied the pool usng a bucket and then by pulling the liner out which was simple enough but you can buy electric pumps if you think that would be easier.
The birthpool in a box provided me with one of the best experiences of my life.
We bought this pool (with extras) for our planned home birth. Our local midwife unit has a pool, but as the midwives in our area say "the only way you can guarantee to have a pool available for your birth is to buy one and do it at home". I found the pool easy to inflate and sturdy. I was using hypnobirthing and practised my relaxation techniques in the pool in the weeks running up to the birth (while it was empty). I found kneeling on sitting in the pool very comfortable and leaning over the edge reminded me of leaning on my birthing ball - both things I found very comfortable in the later weeks of pregnancy. The three ring side means one can be deflated to make getting in and out easier.
I didn't actually get to use it in labour. My husband started filling it when I felt I needed some more help with my labour. By the time he'd got the temperature right, the midwives were here and I was already pushing! That said I'm really glad we bought this package rather than hiring one of the rigid pools that are available locally, not only because I feel it was more comfortable, but because we have got so much use from it already! My husband used the pool as a dunk pool for the days after (it was hot weather at the time!), if I have another child we've got a pool already, Bryn will have a wicked paddling pool when he grows up, we use the step for all manner of household maintenance/cleaning things, the multi-tap hose adaptor has been very useful in testing flow rate from our taps and the big plastic sheet will we invaluable for weaning.
Water is proven to make labours faster and easier. The birthing pool makes it possible for all women to use water for their births at home or hospital.