Planning another home birth and thinking a pool might be a good idea as back pain and PGP is quite bad. I don't want to spend a lot so I've been looking at eBay and preloved but there aren't many around at the moment.
I picked up mine for £20 at the local NCT sale, plus ordered a box of new liner, hosepipe, pump etc from Birth pool in a box. I would probably have hired the package from there if I didn't come across the one I bought.
While I was contracting away, in the pool in my kitchen, the midwife sitting at the kitchen table with a cup of tea casually mentioned they actually have one to borrow but it doesn't get that much use. No wonder as I had certainly never heard of it. Try asking your community MW if they have such a thing.
I got mine from Gumtree (£40). Came with an electric air pump, and water pump to empty it but I needed to get a 10m hose (£15 off eBay) and a new liner (£30) so not that much cheaper than hiring / brand new from BIAB. Also got a cute plastic handheld mirror (£7 from eBay) We are currently deciding whether to keep it (kiddie paddling pool / ball pool) or sell it on. The price of new liners is ridiculous because you've got no other option for 2nd hand pools. Grrr.
Thing is, you can't really resell any of the liner/hose/water pump kit because of potential cross-contamination and that's half the cost of the hire anyway. The only thing we resold was the pool plus cover for £25, everything else got thrown. Even the pump, tbh, because it had pumped out all the nasty water plus bits and blood and bodily fluids and I'm damn sure I didn't want another person anywhere near it.
It was worth its weight in gold though. The difference in pain levels between being in and out of the pool was huge to me.
Not asked but I did mention birth pools in front of mW this week and she didn't mention anything. We have a slightly higher than average home birth rate but not sure if that makes NHS more or less likely to help!
I bought mine from BIAB. I actually preferred this type to the sturdy reusable ones. It's not wobbly like a paddling pool, it's actually quite sturdy on the sides. We actually sold ours on for £80. This is because they sent me a sample liner to try it out which I actually used for the birth. It meant we sold the pool on with an unused liner. It was fab for pain relief.
I wouldn't bother with a tens machine. It was great with my first but I found it pointless with subsequent labours. Plus you obv can't use it in the water. Mind you I think they're only about £20 to hire for 3wks.
I was in the pool for most of the labour but it was only 2.5 hours start to finish anyway. I pretty much jumped in as soon as DS1 was away with MIL and only climbed out twice for examinations.
I cannot emphasise enough: Do a test run to see how long it takes to fill the pool to the right temperature. Ours took an hour from a dedicated hot water tank. A combi boiler would be faster. Also, get a cover. The heat loss is minimalised.