Offering birth pool rentals since 2007, we are committed to providing quality support for your water birth experience.
“more women are asking how to make labour less about ‘enduring pain’ and more about creating a good, healthy and loving experience of birth for the baby.” Barbara Harper
Water is a proven comfort measure for childbirth. Using a birth pool enables a woman to achieve maximum comfort in labour.
The use of warm water emersion has long been seen as an aid for labour, making it easier for the mother to enter into and remain in a state of hormonal bliss.” Barbara Harper, Forward to Revisiting Waterbirth: An Attitude to Care by Dianne Garland.
The Aquadoula heated birth pool and the Aquaborn inflatable birth pool are very popular. Book now to rent the pool of your choice!
The Aquaborn Eco Birth Pool
The Aquaborn inflatable birthing pool rental includes one single use liner, a floating thermometer, 1 pair of shoulder length gloves, a tap adaptor, fish net, 25 foot drinking water hose, plastic drop sheet an air pump to inflate pool and a submersible pump to drain pool.
Rental is $250 ( including a $100 non-refundable deposit). The rental period begins in the 37th week of your pregnancy and ends 3-4 days after the birth of your baby. It includes delivery in Vancouver, Burnaby, New West and the North Shore. Other areas will be charged a minimum of $30.00 for shipping or pick up can be arranged.
External Dimensions – 180 x 150 com
Internal Dimensions – 140 x 110 cm
Internal Depth – 68 cm
Number of persons – 2
Weight when filled – 560 kg plus mother
The Aquadoula Birth Pool
Rent an Aquadoula pool for $250.00 (Including a $100 non-refundable deposit). Rental period is from the 37th week of your pregnancy to 3-4 days after the birth of your baby.
Rental includes one disposable liner, floating thermometer, 1 pair shoulder length gloves, tap adaptor, fish net, 25 foot drinking water hose, plastic drop sheet and submersible pump to drain pool.
Delivery in Vancouver, Burnaby, New West, and the North Shore is included. Other areas will be charged a minimum of $30.00 for shipping or pick up can be arranged.
Diameter – 140 cm
Height- 60 cm
Number of Persons – 2
Filled to a depth of 18 inches (46 cm), the Aquadoula holds approximately 150 gallons, and weighs approximately 568 kg.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING WATER DURING LABOUR?
There is evidence that immersion in water can LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE during labour. It is much easier to maintain ACTIVE BIRTHING POSITIONS in the gravity-reduced environment of the pool. Water SUPPORTS the mother during labour reducing the pressure during labour. Women have used water as a form of pain relief for hundreds of years. Warm water on the lower back (which is the area of the spinal cord that receives the nerves from the lower abdominal region) can reduce labour pain. Water can be used along side many other forms of pain relief such as the TENS.
HOW LONG CAN I BE IN THE WATER?
As long as you need/want to be, it sometimes happens that water slows things down to a point where the midwife suggests that you get out and walk about for a bit. How long you can stay in the pool if things have slowed down will depend on the experience and open-mindedness of the midwife.
WHY MIGHT THE MIDWIFE ASK ME TO LEAVE THE POOL? WHEN CAN I GET IN?
When labour is ‘established’. This is about 4-5cms dilated, or when the contractions are about 2 minutes long, regular, and about 5 minutes apart. Use this ‘tool’ when you find that other techniques like massage, Birthing TENS, dancing, etc no longer help, when you begin to think ‘now I really need something’. Often getting into the pool at this point gives a wonderful whooshing release of tension. This relaxes the muscles, eases fear and anxiety, floods the body with endorphins and quite often moves you along the road of labour quite a way.
ONCE IN, WILL I BE ABLE TO GET OUT AGAIN?
You can get in and out as often as you need to. The temperature of the pool is maintained with the Aquadoula Heating System so there is no need to get out while the pool heats up. Please remember that the pool is not a hottub/jacuzzi.
WHY DOES THE BABY NOT DROWN?
A baby born without distress into the water will not receive the stimulus to breathe. Breathing may be stimulated by either a drop in temperature lower than 37 degrees, having received some distress during delivery or excessive handling whilst still underwater. The baby is still connected to the umbilical cord and is receiving an oxygenated blood supply via the placenta. In water, the cord remains soft and continues to pulse after the baby is delivered, so s/he does not need to breathe until after the cord is cut.
CAN I DELIVER THE PLACENTA IN THE POOL?
Some midwives may prefer you to leave the pool for the third stage because it is very hard to assess blood loss in the water. You should discuss this with you midwife in the early stages.
WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF THE WATER TEMPERATURE?
It is absolutely fine to have the water at any temperature comfortable to you using the pool before labour for relaxation. However, it is very important that the labouring mother does not become overheated, as this may be a factor that can cause fetal distress to the baby. The recommended range is 35-37.0 degrees Celsius during the first stage of labour and 37-37.5 in the 2nd stage. If the baby is delivered in the water it must not be cooler than the average body temperature. However, it is difficult to get readings accurate to half a degree in a constantly moving body of water.
WHERE CAN WE PUT THE POOL?
It is suggested that you put the pool where you feel safest and most comfortable. The pool comes in sections and can be carried and assembled almost anywhere. A flat floor is preferable, with access to a power point nearby. The weight load when filled is 1500lbs and water capacity is 150 gallons. If you are unsure of the loading capacity of your building then check with a qualified structural engineer. The weight of the pool is the equivalent to having 10 people in your kitchen all weighing 150lbs each.
HOW DO I SET UP THE POOL?
Step by step instructions are provided in the manual for pool set up and installation of the Heater System. You may wish to put extra plastic sheeting down to protect your flooring from splashes before you set up the pool. Set up takes 15 minutes. Full instructions are provided on set up.
HOW WILL I FILL THE POOL?
You use the hose that comes with the pool (for hygiene purposes) to fill it with hot/warm tap water. A universal faucet adapter is provided. It takes about 1 hour to fill to the correct water level required. Normally 2 water tanks worth…. We provide a drinking water hose as they have less chemical residue than garden hoses.
WHEN DO I PLUG IN THE HEATING SYSTEM for the Aquadoula?
You plug in the heating System when the pool is completely filled to the proper water level. Remember to fill pool with hot/warm water as the Heater System maintains the temperature of the water but doesn’t heat the water up. An insulated cover is also provided to cover the pool to keep heat in whilst not in use.
HOW DO I EMPTY THE POOL WHEN FINISHED?
A submersible pump is provided for your use to empty the pool. Drainage takes 20-30 minutes.
HOW DO I RESERVE A BIRTH POOL?
Please contact Jenny either by telephone or by e-mail to arrange for a rental agreement to be mailed out to you. A deposit of $75 for the Aquadoula and $50 for the Aquaborn is requested to confirm booking along with a signed copy of the rental agreement. It is strongly recommended that you reserve your pool at least 6-8 weeks prior to having the pool delivered to you. Final payment is made upon delivery of your pool. You can arrange to pick the pool up if you prefer. If you require a birth pool at short notice please contact Jenny as soon as possible for further arrangements, which can be made depending on pool availability.
WHEN IS THE POOL DELIVERED?
We suggest that you have the pool delivered 21 days before the due date of your baby. The rental is from 37 weeks gestation to 3-4 days after the birth of your baby. The rental can be extended at $50 per week. Of course, you can choose when you would like the pool delivered to you. If in Vancouver, Burnaby, New West or the North Shore, there is no charge for delivery & collection of the pool. If in other parts of Metro Vancouver area a $30 fee is added for delivery & pick up. For the rest of BC & Canada, courier service/Greyhound is pre-arranged with you.
HOW DO I RETURN THE POOL TO BIRTHING BUDDIES?
Once you have cleaned the pool and re-packed it into its box/bag, ensuring all parts are present, if you live in the Vancouver/Greater Vancouver area you contact Jenny to arrange pickup. Otherwise the pool would be returned by courier service/Greyhound, which is prearranged with you.
WHY DO I NOT WANT TO JUST BUY A KIDDIE POOL OR JUST USE MY HOT TUB?
Firstly, infection control is of great importance, so jet streams, hot tub/jacuzzi style tubs should not be used. Why? It is impossible to clean out the filters inside and out between each use, it has been known in the past for Strep A to have been detected causing risk of illness to your baby. The rubber pools are not always big enough for you to adopt comfortable labouring positions easily, not all can fit both you and your birth partner, who you will need for support. Some are not high enough or sturdy enough for you to lean on too. It is impossible to maintain a constant water temperature, which is thought very important…. At the end of the day, it’s about making an informed choice, which is considered safe practice for you and your baby.
WHAT INFECTION CONTROL POLICY DO YOU HAVE?
The birth pools are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between rentals. The germicidal detergent used is Maxima 128. Each rental is provided with a form fitting disposable liner, which is 4ml thick, latex free, LDPE 4 plastic and is double sealed to prevent leaks. The disposable liner covers the inside as well as the outside of the entire pool. After use, the liner is easily removed and disposed of by you. A pair of long sleeved disposable gloves is provided for the midwife.
CAN I SET THE BIRTH POOL UP IN THE HOSPITAL I WISH TO DELIVER AT?
You would need to ask the labour & delivery staff for the hospital policy on waterbirth. The birth pool would require to be checked by the hospital electrical engineers also. You would also need to check with your doctor/midwife to see if they offer waterbirth as an option for you.