The Right Air Pump
Selecting the right air pump for your labor and birth pool is very important. Our first recommendation is to select an air pump that both inflates and deflates. Why? Time! If you are a midwife or doula you will want to empty the pool of water and deflate it quickly after the baby is born. using an air pump like any of the ones we sell will allow you to mechanically deflate the pool allowing you to get all the air from the pool quickly so that it easily fits back in to its bag.
Without a deflating air pump you will be forced to physically force all the air from your pool by taking lots of time to lean and press the excess air from the pool.
If you are having your baby in the hospital you will also want the time saving factor of using an air pump that deflates so you can have your pool down and out of the way quickly to free floor space in your room.
We sell two different air pumps. A Deluxe Electric Air Pump, pictured above and this Hand Air Pump. The hand air pump is slower but a very good pump if you are looking for a less expensive option.
If you have your own air pump or plan to shop elsewhere be sure to have an air pump that has smaller nozzle attachments as the floors of inflatable labor and birth pools have small air valves like the one pictured to the left.
Floor air valves
This little part can be the best thing you purchase for your water labor and birth.
This is a HOSE END CAP and we sell it for $1.00
When you fill your labor and birth pool with water, you now have 25′ or 50′ of water in your water hose. NOW WHAT? You can drain the hose – no fun or simply attach the Hose End Cap and set it on the floor.
Oasis Oval Pool with Deluxe Water System
Our SUPER DEALS arejust that. Great deals. Each month we create a new special that will include a pool and liner and lots of accessories and birth supplies. Then we take 10% off.
Get your midwife or doula to register on our site and create a midwife account. We will send her a 10% midwife discount coupon which she can share with you. Apply it to your order to save even more!
In SUPER DEALS you will find great deals on bulk liners as well.
Should you rent or buy your water birth labor and birth pool?
A good question.
Most rentals will cost you as much, or more, or at best, just a bit less then buying a birth pool.
One way to recover some of the money you spent on your birth pool is to offer it for sale to your midwife for 50% of what you paid for it. It is a win-win for both of you.
Another way to save money is to talk to your midwife to find some other clients who have births at least one month or more after yours. The two, three or four of you can share one pool and simply buy additional liners and accessories.
OR… use your birth pool as a personal spa. Relax as needed in the comfort of your own home in warm water when you have back discomforts or when you want to spa with a good movie in the living room. Who says water must stay in the bathroom or outside?
Use your birth pool as a play center for your toddlers.
Donate it to a family who can not afford to buy or rent a birth pool.
Blessings in birth,
We get this question all the time and there are two answers.
1) NO! They can be very dangers
2) NO! You don’t need one.
To address the dangers. Many people have tried placing a water bed heater under their inflatable water birth pool in an attempt to help keep the water warm. Seems like a logical idea.
While attending a couple midwifery conferences, I have heard first hand from several midwives that after doing this, and after the birth they discovered that the pool material had actually thinned where the heater was.
This was alarming. So… please, do not use a water bed heater under your birth pool.
To address my second point, that you don’t need one… Inflatable birth pools hold water temperature better then hard structured tubs or foam structured tubs. The thick air walls on inflatable pools are perfect insulation.
Your pool should maintain water temperature for roughly 5 hours before starting to cool down.
Start with a bit warmer water then you desire – say 100 degrees. This little bit extra temperature will help to warm the pool material without cooling the water too much.
What should you do if your pool water does cool too much? Simply add a couple tea kettle or soup pots of hot water – very carefully – to your pool. Have someone “stir” the water while you add the water slowly to the pool water being careful to not let the hot water touch the sides of the pool or the mother.
Another point about pool water cooling down. Many midwives are not rigidly maintaining pool water to a specific temperature anymore. As the mother labor advances and she gets hotter, cooler water can feel great and help keep her cool.
Babies have seem to do just fine in cooler water. Placing them on mom’s very hot chest immediately after birth will keep them warm. If a baby is not staying pink, it is easy enough to remove the baby from the water to warm and pink up. You can then warm the pool water and if all is well, give baby back to mom to relax in the warmed water.