im 39 weeks and waiting for baby to arrive, planned at home and in water pool.
I have a birth pool in a box, with all the extra stuff (waterproof giant floor mat, pumps, hoses, sterile liner, etc etc, the whole lot) for £32 on ebay (collection only but only 10 miles away)
I figure i can sell it afterwards too so hopefully get back what i paid for it and probably more, as many of the pools i watched went for double or even triple what i won mine for!
We have blown it up (took < 5mins) but not filled it yet.
also i have got the mini size. (I think it is suitable for people under 5ft 6 (they say) but im '5ft 2 and a bit' and while it is big enough for me, it would NOT be big enough if i was any taller, or my (short) legs were slightly longer.
Unless under 5ft 3 id recommend going for the regular size. (Im pleased i fit in mine as not sure the regular size would fit in my front room though)
I had a birth in a box pool-borrowed from a friend. It was fab, and what mw recommended. I googled it beforehand and there seemed to be 2 main companies that did them and it worked out roughly the same. Was a fantastic experience that I would whole heartedly recommend (even tho I was transferred after for a 3rd degree tear)
I had a home waterbirth and used a Birth Pool In a Box, the standard size
Do you have a combination boiler or a hot water tank? It will take more than a tank to fill it so bear that in mind.
I have a combo boiler which meant I filled it 2/3rds full with just hot water, earlyish in labour, and then left the heat retaining cover on it. When I was ready to get in, I topped it up with cold water to the correct temperature. I then had a hose pipe connected to the hot tap to top it up during labour... It is worth remembering that the first amount of water you get through this pipe will be cold
The liner meant that one the pool was empty, the remaining little bit could be bundled up in the liner and shoved in a bin sack.
I am also planning a home water birth for my first. My midwife recommended the pool in a box, so that is what we went for. Have the regular size one, I am 5"6 and had a practice lying in it and it was fine. Also bought the hose, tap connectors, pump and other bits and bobs off the website... But you can get all of that stuff elsewhere. We have an electric pump for a camping airbed that we used to inflate the pool- it was super quick... But a normal foot pump will do the job. X