People find that entering the warm water during labour helps them to relax their bodies more during and between contractions. The warm water enhances relaxation and promotes better circulation, making for more efficient contractions and reduced pain in labour. The buoyancy that the water provides also allows for increased mobility, making it easier to change positions which also aids in the progression of both labour and delivery.
Everything you’ll need is neatly packed into a wheeled suitcase, making it easy to transport. Step-by-step setup/take down instructions A new disposable liner (phthalate free) A new lead-free, non-toxic 25′ drinking water hose An universal faucet adaptor Electric air pump for inflation and deflation Submersible pump for emptying the pool A thermometer A debris net to scoop out debris as needed Shoulder length waterproof gloves A 2.4 m x 3.6 m (8′ x 12′) plastic sheeting to protect the floor from splashes A heat retaining lid and outer cover (Aquaborn only) for the pool Delivery & Pickup within Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, New Westminster & Richmond
The pool should be setup in an area of your home that is no more than 25′ (7.6 m) from a faucet and sink which you will need to fill and later empty the pool.
You’ll need an area large enough that your birth partner, doula and midwife will have room to move around the pool freely. At least 8′ x 8′ (2.4 m x 2.4m) but ideally a bit more.
No. Although a full pool does get quite heavy it won’t cause any damage to the structure of your home, condo, apartment building, etc. Plastic drop sheets are provided to protect your floor from any splashes.
There is 8′ x 12′ (2.4 m x 3.6 m) clear plastic drop sheets included with your rental that can be laid down under the pool to protect the floor around the pool from any splashes.
An electric air pump that both inflates and deflates the pool is included with the rental. Altogether, it will take less than 10 minutes to inflate or deflate. Depending on your water pressure the pool takes 30-45 minutes to fill and about 15-20 minutes to empty with the submersible pump.
It’s best to wait until labour is well established and you are in active labour. This is when you are about 4-5 cm dilated and contractions are roughly 5 minutes apart and regularly occuring. Your doula or midwife will help you know when it’s best to use the pool.
Yes. You can get in and out of the pool whenever you like. Some women want to stay in the pool to deliver and others choose to get out before delivering. It’s up to you.
The water needs to be as close to body temperature as possible. When you fill the pool, make sure the water is 37ºC. When it is closer to delivery time be sure to check the temperature again. Your midwife and doula will most likely monitor this as well.
Yes. Provided the temperature of the water is close to body temperature (36-37ºC) the baby will not attempt to take a breath until coming up, out of the water.
I recommend speaking with your care provider about this. Some midwives are comfortable with third stage delivery (delivery of the placenta) in water and others are not.
Step-by-step instructions are included with the rental. If you have any questions please call me.
The rental period begins in your 37th week of pregnancy and concludes 2-3 days after your baby is born.
If your question wasn’t answered here please call me at 604.785.6669 or email Rylie@newspiritarrivals.ca