I used Birth Pool in a Box. It was very comfortable, with plenty of room to stretch out & robust sides to hang on to.
During labour I could hear cursing & chaotic noises coming from downstairs. I was tickled to see that DP was soaking wet, red faced & sweating looking totally strung out. "You look worse than me" I cheerfully told him. This was because he couldn't get the tap attachments on for the hose to fill it. The midwife left me to assist him
Oooh, Sammy I couldn't remember the details so I looked them up & it wasn't Birth Pool in a Box , it was La Bassine & I ordered it from Made in Water (online shop). It arrived next day, which was great as I'd left it a bit last minute. I'm 5'6'.*
I borrowed a Birth Pool in a Box froma friend and it was lovely! DH had no trouble with the technical side, I enjoyed (as much as one can enjoy anything in labour!) floating about in it!
The only down side was that when I spent ages draped over one side it kinda leaned over and sagged where I was so the water nearly slopped out over the carpet. But the MW just chose a tactful moment between contractions to point this out and I moved to the other side.
I still have a spare liner I need to sell.... must dig it out...
I leant over the side in the same spot most of the time & the pool handled it no problem at all. Tap issues more to do with DPs' blind panic & not so much as glancing at the instructions beforehand than a real technical issue . (Get your designated pool filler au fait with the kit beforehand.) Retained heat well too, just an occasional top up from the kettle. I was in there for a few hours but felt compelled to leap out at transition . Bonkers given how pain-relieving it had been but basic biology seemed to be demanding birthing onto dry land. This is not uncommon apparently.
I had a bassine, it was fab. Am also 5'7" and there was plenty of space to stretch out, did a lot of the pushing stage on knees with my arms over the side and it was a good height. Filled up fine on our practice run, on the day the boiler wasn't quite up to it and poor dh was back and forth with kettle, pans of hot etc!
Annie - can I buy the liner??? Is it for a round pool? I was a bit dumbfounded that the shape of all the pools now seems to be oval and my pool is round (had my pool from Feb 2007). I emailed them asking what I should do and never heard back.