You have decided to have a waterbirth and now after learning about pregnancy and birth, you have a whole new thing to learn about. What do you need besides the water birth pool? To make it easy, we have created some bundled kits on our website that makes shopping easy.
Water Birth Systems is our link to our four different water system kits.
What you have to have (click the links below to learn more about each product):
1. A Pool
2. Air Pump to inflate the pool. Buy an electric or hand air pump. Battery air pumps seem to not have enough power to get the pools inflated firmly and quickly. Most inflatable pools have two different sizes of air valves. The larger will look like this:
These air valves are large and allow you to inflate quickly. The air outlet of the air pump or the nozzle should fit straight into this air valve. You will not need to use a small nozzle here. There is a baffle – ball, in most of these large air valves that keep the air from escaping when you take the air pump out of the hole.
The other air valve on all inflatable pools is a small one, like the one pictured here on a beach ball. You will need a small air nozzle for your air pump to inflate with this type of air valve. All floor air valves are like this and each pool has this small air valve on the sides along with the large air valve.
Selecting an air pump that deflates as well as inflates will be a big plus when you go to deflate your pool. The air pump will help you get all the air out of your pool for easy storage.
3. Water hose to put water in the pool. It is important to use a NEW water hose. It is impossible to adequately clean a used hose and you may introduce contaminants into your waterbirth pool. Drinking water safe hoses are free of lead and other chemicals that can leach from the hose into the water. Be sure that your water hose is long enough to reach your pool from your water source as well as long enough to reach your water dump site.
4. Water hose adapter to attach the water hose to your kitchen sink or your shower. Without an adapter, you will not be able to attach your water hose.
Kitchen Sink: The kitchen sink is the easiest to attach a hose to. You will need to remove the aerator from the faucet and attach a garden hose adapter. Your aerator will have internal or external threads. Our Faucet Hose Adapter will work for either one.
If your kitchen sink has a spray head similar to the one on the left, you will need needle nose pliers to remove the aerator from the center of the spray head. If you are having difficulty with this part, you can take to someone in the plumbing department of a hardware store like Ace. Let them know that you want to attach a garden hose to your type of kitchen faucet head.
Shower Pipe: To attach your water hose to your shower you will need to remove your shower head and attach a Shower hose Adapter to the pipe. You will need a wrench to remove the shower head and a cloth between the wrench and the shower head will help protect it. It may be difficult to remove due to plumbers tape and putty. You will also need to have some plumbers tape and putty on head to put your shower head back on after your birth. They help prevent leaks.
Other helpful items
1) “Y” Hose Adapter & Cap: Placing a “Y” Hose Adapter between your Faucet Hose Adapter and your Water Hose is a HUGE benefit. One half of the
“Y” will feed water to the hose and the other half will allow you to take water from the faucet without having to detach your hose. Keep in mind that you will have 25′ or more (depending on how long your hose is) of water in your hose. You can not simply detach it to get water from your sink faucet. You will first have to remove the water in the hose. The “Y” will prevent this hassle and prevent water messes from your hose.
The End Cap is invaluable as you attach it to the pool end of your hose and now you can take it out of the pool without any water mess.
2) Dechlorinating Water Filter: Who wants chlorine in their water birth pool? Attach it in front of your water hose at either the kitchen sink or the shower. After your birth you can use it for showering. A great product.
3) Water Birth Mirror: Most women labor on their hands and knees or in forward leaning positions. This makes it difficult for your partner and your care provider to watch the baby crown and deliver. The use of a mirror below the mother is a valuable tool. In the picture on the left, you can see the baby’s head reflected in the mirror. with being able to monitor the baby in this manner, the mother does not have to move into a sitting position. You can also purchase a reusable mirror called the Howes Birth Mirror.
4) Debris Removal Net: OK – the truth is that when we push out our babies, we push out any poo that is in our colon. So… when this happens in the water birth pool, you simply use a long handled Debris Removal Net to scoop it out. TRICK: Line your net with a single layer of 4×4 gauze each time you go in to scoop. Then dump, gauze and all into the garbage. This prefects fecal matter from sticking to the net and then being dispersed through the water on your next scoop.
5) Floating Thermometers: If you wish to monitor the water temperature in your pool, then a floating thermometer is the way to go. It is important to dispose of your thermometer after each birth as birth water will travel inside of the thermometer. Make it a ducky thermometer for more fun!
6) Shoulder Length Gloves and Protective Gowns: Your care provider will do her besst to stay dry during your labor and birth, but it is a challenge. Providing her with the right products will help a lot. We sell Pink Shoulder Length Gloves that are designed smaller for women. A tighter standard glove can be placed over the top if desired.
A Protective Gown over the Shoulder Length Gloves will help even more in keeping your midwife dry.
7) Cleaning Sponges: If you are like me, you do not consider new clothes from the store as clean. So you will likely not consider your new water birth pool clean straight out of the box either. A cleaning sponge of either povidone or hibiclens is an easy way to disinfect and clean your pool prior to and after use. These solutions can be staining to clothe so use caution. Wipe the pool down with the sponge then follow with several wipes with a clean wet towel, rinsing in between each wipe to remove all of the cleaning solution. Save the sponge in a plastic bag to use again after use. But, remember to rinse the pool well after using the sponge to remove all of the cleaning solution.
Cushion Comfort: Most women will labor and some will birth in a kneeling position. Although all inflatable water birth pools have inflatable floors, when you get onto your knees in one of these pools, you will only have minimal cushion under your knees. It is like an air bed. While laying down you are support off of the floor, but when you sit on the side, you sink to the floor. Our solution is to use an inflatable bath pillow. You fill the pillow partially with air then top it off with water – yes, put water inside the pillow then close air valve. The water in added to the pillow will make the pillow heavy enough to sink. You may have to adjust how much water this will take.
9) Protective Floor Liner: You may wish to protect your wood floors or your carpet from water. It is likely that you will be stepping in and out of your water birth pool and this means water on the floor. A Protective Floor Liner
10) Repair Kits: If a simple air leak develops in your water birth pool it is an easy fix unless it is in a seam. Use a patch system, like the ones we sell, that bond the patch to the pool material. Sticker style patches will not work as well and may fail in time.
11) Underwater Flashlights: Using an underwater flashlight with a mirror will help your partner and your care provider monitor your baby as it is crowning and being born. Standard flashlights must be shown from above the surface of the water and the light simply does not penetrate the water well. Underwater flashlights will provide the quality light your midwife will need.
12) Water Removal Pumps: Using a water removal pump will make draining your water birth pool easy. There are several different types of water pumps. We only sell WAYNE water pumps as their quality and reasonable prices can not be beat. Be sure to use only a water removal pump that allows you to attach a water hose to it.
Submersible Water Removal Pump: This type of pump goes into the water birth pool but ONLY after mom and baby are out for good, especially if this is a used submersible pump that you are using. Our Submersible Water Removal Pump will move 660 gallons of water per hour which means that your 100 gallon or so water birth pool will be empty in 10 minutes or so. Much faster then the one to two hours a simple siphon will take.
Transfer Water Removal Pump: This type of pump sits outside of the pool and is the best choice for repeat use as it stays cleaner.This pump will move up to 340 gallons per hour.
Electric Drill Water Removal Pump: This is a very affordable option but be sure that you have a good electric drill as it will run for some time to drain your pool. If the pump gets hot, turn it off and let it cool down. This pump will move up to 360 gallons per hour.
Battery Submersible Water Removal Pump: This pump is an option when electricity is not available. Keep in mind that this pump uses three “D” batteries and will not have as much power as an electric water pump .