Your Water Birth

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Selecting the right Shipping Option

Your Water Birth is proud to announce that nearly 90% of all our orders receive upgraded shipping at no additional cost if you select USPS Standard Shipping – the cheapest listed shipping options at checkout.

If you order a pool liner and select the cheapest option for shipping – USPS Standard Parcel Shipping – your package will automatically be upgraded to USPS Priority Mail at no additional cost. Your package will arrive days sooner and you will save money! Two things that matter a lot.

If you are ordering larger items like a birthing supplies or a kit or a waterbirth pool selecting USPS Standard Parcel Shipping, again, the cheapest shipping option listed in our checkout process, it will likely be upgraded to UPS Ground at no additional cost to you and arrive sooner.

There are some exceptions. Our customers who have orders shipping to Alaska, Hawaii or Puerto Rico and other US Common Wealth locations will still receive upgrades for single pool liners orders from USPS Standard Parcel Shipping to USPS Priority Mail but larger orders will not be changed and shipping times will be long.

For US customers living in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and other US Common Wealth locations should always select USPS Priority Mail shipping to receive orders in a timely manner.

Your Water Birth also takes tremendous pride in the fact that 90% of our shipping boxes and packing material is recycled directly from our own warehouse. We do all we can to minimize our environmental footprint. We feel it is ethically irresponsible to purchase new shipping boxes to simply provide a “prettier” package to our customers. Plus, we believe that the majority of our customers are of the recycle mindset and would greatly appreciate our policy of reuse and recycle.

Blessings in birth,

Debra

www.YourWaterBirth.com

Cold Weather and Your Birth Pool

Hello BLOG followers. I apologize for not regularly posting to this blog and promise to do so this year.

Well, cold weather is still upon us and it is critical to protect your inflatable water labor and birth pool from cold temperatures. Do everything you can to keep your pool, even it its shipping box, at 50 degrees or higher. Colder temperatures will make your pool material stiff and possibly brittle which can lead to cracks and holes. This, of course, means you will not have a working pool.

 

Pay close attention to your shipping notice to know when your pool will be arriving and bring it indoors immediately to prevent it from sitting in the cold outdoor temperatures any longer than necessary.

 

Be sure to leave your pool IN THE SHIPPING box for at least two days before removing it. It is a good idea to give it one to two days more still folded to warm even further. DO NOT UNFOLD YOUR POOL IF IT FEELS COLD AND STIFF! This unfolding can cause cracks in stiff, cold pool material.

 

Stay warm and lets all think spring!

Happy birthing,

Debra

www.YourWaterBirth.com

Inflating with an air compressor

For all you women who have a husband with an air compressor and he is doing his best to convince you that this is the PERFECT way to inflate your water birth pool — BEWARE!

The use of an air compressor to inflate your water birth pool may cause damage to your pool. Damage that will not be under any warranty.

Over the nine years that we have sold inflatable water birth pools, we have had at least four pools suffer damage from air compressors. They simply force too much air into the pool. Especially the floors.

We recommend that you use either a hand air pump or an electric air pump to inflate your pool. Note: battery air pumps seem to not have enough power to properly inflate water birth pools.

 

Cold Weather and Your Water Birth Pool

Winter is here and the cold can have a serious effect on your waterbirth pool.

Most companies, ours included, will send you an email notifying you that your order has shipped. When you are expecting an inflatable water birth pool to arrive when temperatures are below 50 degrees, be sure to make arrangements to retrieve your pool from outside after it is delivered as quickly as possible.

Temperatures below 50 degrees will make your inflatable water birth pool stiff and if the temperature gets low enough, even brittle.

Bring your pool inside as quickly as possible.  Another option is to have your pool delivered to your local UPS Store so it will be kept inside until you can pick it up.

After you bring your pool inside be sure to leave it in the box to warm to room temperature for one to two days.  When taking it out of its box for the first time, take note if the pool material feels stiff. If warmed adequately, it will be soft and easy to unfold.

If the pool is stiff and you unfold it, you may inflict cracks in the pool material which will cause air leaks.

Once the pool is soft and easy to unfold, you can safely inflate it.

 

Understanding Inflatable Water Birth Pools

It has been nine years since we first started selling inflatable pools for water labor and birth and we still learn from our customers new ways to damage pools : )

So… I thought it would be a good idea to clearly list what can cause problems with your inflatable water birth pool.

 

COLD: Temperatures below 50 degrees cause the material these pools are made from to become stiff and the colder it gets the more brittle the material gets.The pools can develop cracks and leaks.
To avoid this type of damage:
We provide shipping notices to all our customers. Be certain to retrieve your pool from outside as quickly as possible when it is being delivered during cold temperatures.
DO NOT remove your pool from your shipping box until it has been inside and properly warmed. Waiting 24 hours to 36 hours should do the trick. When you remove it from its box and it still seems stiff STOP. Let it sit for several more hours to warm and soften. If you unfold your cold rigid pool you can inflict cracks and leaks. Once your pool is warmed to at least 50 degrees – 65 degrees is even better, it will be soft and easy to unfold and inflate without damage.


AIR PRESSURE:
These pools are designed to be inflated to firm but not extreme firmness.  Over inflation may weaken the pool and lead to leaks or greater damages.  Pools should be inflated only firm enough that when the laboring mother leans on the sides, it does not dip down more then 2-3 inches. Inflate the pool to proper firmness then check it again after some time to see if it has softened a bit and top off with more air.
Leaving your pool inflated until you need it is a great idea especially if you anticipate labor to go quickly. HOWEVER, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR POOL RIGIDLY INFLATED! Take some air off of all air chambers so there is minimal pressure on the pools seams. When you go into labor, top of the pool with enough air to having properly inflated.

WATER PRESSURE: Water pressure in these pools also place stress on the seams and material. NEVER leave water in your pool any longer then you have to. The pool will likely hold up and not burst but, you are shortening the life expectancy of your pool the longer you leave water in the pool. Drain and deflate it as the earliest opportunity.
Do not overfill your pool with water. Most water birth pools have fill lines on them. Filling past these levels create greater stress on the pool seams and material then it is designed for.

 

Of course, there are other hazards that can effect your pool. We have heard stories about cats, dogs, and kids. We have had midwives learn that you should not have scissors in your pocket when you lean on the pool and to not have metal stools and chair parts up against the pools. I personally split the side of an inflated pool when I tried to ‘gently’ roll the pool through an open sliding glass door. It was a snug fit and… I put a 1″ cut into the pool. Darn!

If you have any fun stories, we would love to hear from you!

 

Debra