Do you have to buy a birthing pool?
Will I need a birth pool liner? Yes, a birth pool liner is essential as it forms an effective barrier against water and germs. You’ll find when buying or renting most birth pools come with a liner but you might want to buy an extra one.
Can you have a pool birth at home?
‘It’s still possible to have a water birth at home by hiring an inflatable pool,’ says Mervi. ‘Your midwife will take your temperature from time to time to make sure you are not getting too hot. You don’t have to stay in the water all the time.
Can you reuse a birthing pool?
Reusing or Recycling When a plastic product has been used in a medical application where it could be in contact with blood, unfortunately they cannot be recycled. Once you have used your Birth Pool some of the choices you have with what to do with your pool next are: Keep it for your next birth.
Can you have a water birth at home UK?
You can use a birthing pool at home Something to remember is that pools should not be left filled and heated before labour starts as it’d be a possible infection risk (Public Health England, 2014). See our article about how to labour in water or have a water birth for more about what to do when things get started.
Can my floor support a birthing pool?
A concrete ground-level floor would be the strongest place to put a pool. Upstairs, the pool can be positioned in a corner (preferably alongside an outside wall) or above a lower weight-bearing wall or joist. We are not aware of any case of a house being damaged due to the weight of a birth pool.
Can you use a paddling pool as a birthing pool?
At the low-end of the market, some paddling pools have now been deemed suitable to be used for birth. Some are even designed for birth. At the end of the day, these are just paddling pools, mass produced in China and you will get what you pay for!
Can you have a water birth on the NHS?
Yes you can. You can get in and out of the pool as you please. You may choose to stay in the pool for pain relief in the first stage of labour and remain in the water for the birth, or you may prefer to leave the pool for the birth of your baby. It is your choice and you can decide your preference at the time.
How are birthing pools drained?
Your pool can be drained in a variety of ways including a siphon or electric submersible water pump. If disaster strikes and it is absolutely necessary, your pool can also be emptied the really hard way, using a bucket.
How Big Should birth pool be?
60″ x 22″
It must be filled with a hose and cold water will have to be removed with a bucket during the birth. It must be emptied and cleaned or disposed of after the birth. Midwives prefer the 60″ x 22″ pool because the bigger one 72″ x 25″ makes it too hard to reach the mom and hard to have enough hot water to fill.
How heavy is a birthing pool?
How heavy is the birthing pool when filled with water? Our pool holds about 450 litres (110 gallons) of water at 80% full which weighs around 450kg (1000lbs). This is about the same as 6 to 9 people standing together.