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.
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.