If you’re planning a water birth, then you may be in a position to choose a birth pool (if you’re going to a hospital they may provide one for you). There are lots of different ones on the market today, so how do you know which one is right for you? I know that I was initially confused by all the different options! Hopefully, this slide show will explain your major choices and help you make a decision!
Bath Tub 1 of 6You could choose to simply use your own bath tub!
Pros: You already have it, so no money to spend. Easy to fill.
Cons: May not be as clean/sterile as it should be for birth. May not be comfortable or large enough.
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La Bassine 2 of 6Pros: Among the cheapest of the designated 'birthing pools.' (Retail price: $125) Free of all phlates. Interior handles to use during birth. Large enough for 2 people -- 65"x60" oval.
Cons: Only one air chamber (height of pool doesn't adjust). Not very deep -- only 22" max. Does not come with liner or lid. Requires a hose or special hook ups to fill.
Birth Pool in a Box 3 of 6
Birth Pool in a Box Mini 4 of 6Pros: Free of phthlates. Comes with a liner. 65"x57" (some say big enough for two). 6 handles to use during birth. 3 rings (adjustable height). Smaller and takes up less space. Fairly deep, 26".
Cons: Cost around $180. Does not come with lid. May take awhile to fill, 127 gallons. Water may not stay warm. Requires special hook ups and hoses to fill.
Aquaborn 5 of 6Pros: The deepest birth pool available, 27" interior (30" exterior). 72"x59", big enough for two people. Comes with a lid. Comes with 6 handles.
Cons: May take awhile to fill -- 170 gallons. Does not come with liner. Requires special hook ups and hoses to fill. Expensive, around $200.
Kiddie Pool 6 of 6Pros: Very cheap, around $30. 60" circle, big enough for 2 people. Does not require as much water (84 gallons).
Cons: Does not come with a liner. Is not very deep (20" max). Thinner plastic/less sturdy. Not completely free of phthlates.