Have you considered using a pool to labor and/or birth in? Laurie has a La Bassine maxi pool available to rent for your birthing time.
Features of this pool include:
Cocoon like shape, with plenty of room for two people to move around. The pool measures 75" x 65", it's 28" tall, and holds 165 gallons of water.
Deep, inflated floor, to give the extra comfort needed during active birth positions such as kneeling and squatting.
Transparent sides, to give midwives good visibility from outside the pool.
Perfect water depth that fully covers your belly without being too deep that you feel insecure.
Four solid internal handles, perfectly placed, exactly where you need them! Use to assist in position changes, or to grab on to while you push.
Two top handles for assistance when getting in and out of the pool.
Three separate chambers-- If one chamber were punctured, water would be retained by the other two.
Benefits of using water for birth, according to waterbirth.org~
Water facilitates mobility and enables the mother to assume any position that is comfortable for labor and birth
Speeds up labor
Reduces blood pressure
Gives mother feelings of control
Provides significant pain relief
Conserves mother’s energy
Reduces the need for drugs and interventions
Gives mother a private protected space
Reduces perineal trauma and eliminates episiotomies
Reduces cesarean section rates
Is highly rated by mothers – typically stating they would consider giving birth in water again; some even stating they would never give birth any other way!
Is highly rated by experienced providers
Encourages an easier birth for mother and a gentler welcome for baby
"Easy to inflate and set up" "Kept water warm throughout 24 hours of use! Amazing!" "Very comfortable to sit in"
Evidence for water birth and water immersion for pain relief during labor
Rental fee is $200 plus a refundable security deposit of $200.
Includes 4 week rental period of:
~new disposable liner
~electric air pump
~sink adapter (you may need to purchase a different one if it doesn't work with your faucet)
~submersible water pump to drain the pool
*You will need to provide your own hose that is safe for drinking water to fill and drain the pool.
Alternatively you can purchase one from me ($25 for 25 ft., or $35 for 50 ft.)
*Optional drop off and pick up delivery service within 30 miles of me for $50
Common Questions and Concerns
How long is the rental period?
4 weeks, with the option to extend at $50/week
What is included in the rental?
pool, disposable liner (required for use) air pump, sink adapter (you may need to purchase a different one if it doesn't work with your faucet), water pump, disposable debris net
How much is the security deposit?
The security deposit is $200. If everything is returned in good condition the deposit is returned within 7 days. If the pumps or sink adapter is damaged or not returned I will deduct their cost from the deposit.
What am I responsible for/need to have?
You will need to provide the drinking water safe hose to fill and drain the pool. Alternatively you can purchase one from me.
You will be responsible to pick up the pool (unless paying for delivery service from me), set it up, take it down, clean it from any large particles, and return it to me.
I will provide one sink adapter but you may need to purchase a different one if it doesn't fit your faucet.
Are the pools cleaned before use?
Of course! A disposable liner is required for each use and the pool is returned clean from large particles. I then clean and sanitize everything with a hospital grade sanitizer.
What is your cancellation policy?
Cancellations before 36 weeks receive a full refund, minus the $50 booking fee. No refunds after 36 weeks, except for the security deposit.
How long does it take to set up/take down?
It takes about an hour to set up and fill the pool. Allow a little extra time if your water heater will need time. The pool holds 165 gallons of water.
What do I need to do before returning the pool?
Make sure the pool and all parts are clean from any large particles, and dry, before packing back into the tote.
Still have questions? Feel free to contact us!