I bought a birth pool from ebay last week. Obviously it's been washed out and I'll clean it again, but do I need a liner? I'm not a big fan of using plastic once and then chucking it, plus it's £20 I could spend on something else but is it completely skanky not to use one or is it not really necessary?
When I was looking for info on how to clean the pool, I did find a rental site that seemed to suggest that a liner wasn't completely necessary.
not at all. I had one and used it and it was fine.
birth pools in hospitals don't have liners. and not all types of birth pool you can buy for home come with them. I had a la bassine which doesn't have one.
I think the whole "being sterile" thing is a load of crap personally. it stops being sterile the moment you fill it with your non-sterile water and then put your non-sterile self in it. plus your fanny isn't sterile and the baby has to come out of that too :D
I have used some truly foul public swimming pools in the past couple of weeks!
Thanks v much - I won't worry about it then. I'm not really hung up on the whole germs thing personally (germs are good!), it's just when the websites are banging on about making sure the hose used to fill it is new and sterile etc that I start to wonder if I'm being a skank.