Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Aquaborn Eco and Birth Pool in a Box?
When should I contact Aquabub to book a pool?
Where should I set up my pool?
What temperature should the water be?
Should I Eat & Drink?
When do I Get Into the Pool?
What about debris?
Which birth positions should I use?
How long can the baby stay under water?
Will the baby try to breathe water?
Can I give birth to the placenta in the water?
Will my birth attendants get any infection I have from the water?
Do you ship to Rural NZ Addresses?
Do I have to use the Birth Pool Liner?
How do I inflate the Birthing Pool?
How do I deflate the Birthing Pool?
Do I get a refund if I do not use the pool?
Can my friend use it if I am not going to?
Do I get a refund if I cancel my pool hire?

What is the difference between Aquaborn Eco and Birth Pool in a Box?

 

Aquaborn Eco

Birth Pool in a Box

Hire price

$170.00

$170.00

Designed for labour and birth?

Yes

Yes

Maximum depth

(water will rise by 3-4cm as you enter the pool)

68cm

69cm

External dimentions

180 x 150cm

193 x 165cm

Internal dimentions

140 x 110cm

142 x 114cm

Inflatable floor

Yes

Yes

Thickness of floor when inflated

8.5cm

7.5cm

Internal seat

No

Yes

Lid

Yes

No

Handles

Internal and External

Top and External

Filling time

(variable depending on water pressure)

35min – 60min

40 min – 70min

Volume of water

Up to 560 litres

Up to 730 litres

Weight when filled

Up to 560 kg

Up to 730 kg

Q:When should I contact Aquabub to book a pool?
A: It is best to book your pool at least 6 weeks before your due date.  It is not likely that Aquabub’s pools will all be out on hire, but there is a possibility. After you have booked and paid for your pool, Aquabub will send the pool to you approximately 3 weeks before your due date.

Q:Where should I set up my pool?
A: The room should be big enough to allow access to the pool from all sides. The floor should be strong enough to support the weight of the pool when full. The birthing room floor should have a woollen blanket underneath it if pool is being used straight on concrete or tiles to help maintain the temperature.

Q: What temperature should the water be?
A:
 Between 35C – 38C, depending on your preference. Adjust the temperature to your comfort. If the water is too cold, you will become tense and wont get the full benefit of pain relief and relaxation from the water, and if the water is too hot you will feel drowsy and faint.  You can use hot wet towels on your lower back and tummy for added pain relief, or cool cloths around your face, neck and shoulders if you feel hot.

Q: Should I Eat & Drink?
A: Yes. Drink to thirst and to avoid dehydration, and eat light, easily digested food while you are hungry.

Q: When do I Get Into the Pool?
A: Wait until you have a strong desire to be in the water. It is best to wait until your contractions are strongly established. If labour slows down when you get into the pool, get out, empty your bladder and move around for a while until contractions are established again.  If your contractions slow down when you are out of the pool, try getting into the pool as this might stimulate labour. Often it is the CHANGE of environment that gets labour moving again.

Q: What about debris?
A: Use a sieve or goldfish net to remove any excess debris (clots, mucous, faeces or vomit) from the water as soon as possible, but don’t worry if it isn’t possible to remove all of it.

Q: Which birth positions should I use?
A: Using a birth pool facilitates ease of movement so you will be able to move freely and experiment with a variety of different positions while in the pool. Try kneeling, squatting, leaning, sitting on seat (Birth Pool in a Box) or on the floor, or lying outstretched. Listen to your body, if you aren’t comfortable….move.

Q: How long can the baby stay under water?
A: Baby’s head can stay under water until the rest of baby’s body is born.  When the baby’s body is born either Mum, Dad, or midwife can bring baby’s face to the surface,  keeping baby’s head under the water for any longer is un-necessary.  The benefits of water birth are achieved as soon as the baby is born into the warm water.  When baby’s face comes in contact with the air she will take her first breath. 

Q: Will the baby try to breathe water?
A:  It is very unlikely that the baby will try and take a breath especially if the water is similar to body temperature. Baby will start to breathe when his face touches the air, until then, he receives oxygen through his umbilical cord, as he has done during the 9 months of pregnancy.

Q: Can I give birth to the placenta in the water?
A: This will depend on blood loss.  Your midwife will be keeping a close eye on the colour of the water, and if she feels there is excess blood loss she may ask you to get out of the water so that she can monitor it more closely, otherwise she may be happy for you to birth the placenta in the water.

Q: Will my birth attendants get any infection I have from the water?
A: The infectious diseases we mostly concern ourselves with as birth attendants are Hepatitis A, B, C and HIV. The sheer volume of water these viruses are diluted in at a birth would render them negligible; no one has ever caught these from a water-birth that we know of.

Q: Do you ship to Rural NZ Addresses?
A: Yes.

Q: Do I have to use the Birth Pool Liner?
A: Yes. Please do not use the pool without a liner, this is for your own safety and the safety of others. If you use the pool without the liner your bond will not be refunded

Q: How do I inflate the Birthing Pool?
A: With an electric Pump. We supply an electric pump for inflation with all pool hires.  Full instructions will be included with your birth pool kit.

Q: How do I deflate the Birthing Pool?
A: The electric Pumps we supply with our pool hires have the reverse suction so you can use the electric pump to deflate the pool.

Q: Do I get a refund if I do not use the pool?
A: No.

Q: Can my friend use it if I am not going to?
A: No. The hire agreement is between you and Aquabub.

Q: Do I get a refund if I cancel my pool hire?
A:  A full refund will be provided if you cancel your pool hire prior to shipping. There is no refund provided if the pool has already been shipped to you.

Resources: Daniels, 1986; Balaskas, 1990; Lichy, 1993: Napierala, 1994, Aquabub 2014
Originally published at: http://www.bellybelly.com.au/articles/birth/preparing-for-a-waterbirth