I have a birth pool in a box, regular size, and I managed to pump it up a few weeks ago with the hand pump supplied in about 15 mins. Bearing in mind I am quite heavily pg I thought this was quite good! It says on the packaging that it holds 3.5 baths full of water, so I suppose it would take about 20 mins or so to fill.
I was bored and p*ssed off by that time that I was still having contractions every 5-10 mins but nothing much was happening... DH was planning to fill it, but I thought it would keep me occupied and possibly shift things along... it didn't
And after all that waddling with the water, I still didn't get to use the f*ckin thing because at 6.45am I wasn't "far enough along" - and yet by 7.45am I was sat on my sofa feeding my baby.
Hi Lulumama. The pool I have is the La Bassine, have at look at the Made in Water website, as I am sure they have filling times listed. I can highly recommend it, it was big enough but intimate at the same time. It also comes in its own bag which makes it easy to carry around.
My local hospital wouldn't agree to bringing your own because the floors would have to be reinforced (maternity wing is on the 1st floor).
BPIAB were selling inflatable pools to hospitals and working on getting hospitals to agree to allow women to take in their own pools - they were advertising in midwifery journals. It would be worth giving them a call and asking if they have any knowledge about the hospital concerned or have supplied pools that have been used there.
WRT the weight issue: If the England rugby (15 larger-than-average blokes) team came in and posed in the corner of a room for a team photo, would the hospital be quaking in their boots and wondering if the floor was going to collapse? Would they be concerned about the floor collapsing if they had to ask these men to squish together into a space less than 2x2m? If the answer is no, then you should ask them why they are worried about a birth pool, which will weigh considerably less.
would be worth checking with the hospital how many water births they have a year. I know at my local one when I had DD they had only had 7 in the previous year! So you'd have to be bloomin unlucky to find it in use already....
...but that's because they have a long list of "not allowed water birth because...." and then complain it's hardly ever used.....
discussed today with head of midwifery, and they are fine with it, as long as she is not high risk, and the pool has disposable liner, apparently has been done before ! so that is good..have checked out BPIB and La Bassine....thanks very much..x