Benefits of Water Birth (from WaterBirth.org)
Facilitates mobility and enables the mother to assume any position which is
comfortable for labor and birth
Speeds up labor
Reduces blood pressure
Gives mother more feelings of control
Provides significant pain relief
Conserves her energy
Reduces the need for drugs and interventions
Gives mother a private protected space
Reduces perineal trauma and eliminates episiotomies
Reduces cesarean section rates
Is highly rated by mothers - typically stating they would consider giving birth
in water again
Is highly rated by experienced providers
Encourages an easier birth for mother and a gentler welcome for baby
to use, read ALL instructions for your birth tub and follow up on any questions
you may have.
recommend you set up your tub at least once for practice. This will give
you an idea of how long it takes to inflate the tub. You may choose to
fill it with water to get an idea of how long it takes to fill with water and
how deep you should fill it. If you choose to do this, be sure to
purchase a second liner for the actual birth.
takes between 45 minutes and 3 hours to fill the tub, depending on the size of
the water heater. The water should not exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit,
especially if you plan to deliver your baby underwater.
purchasing a waterproof tarp or table cloth to protect your floor and the floor
of the pool. You are responsible for ensuring that it is not damaged by
punctures, and this is the best way to protect the pool. Also, if there
is any sloshing of water over the edges, this will keep your floor dry.
may want to also consider purchasing a second basic hose for draining. If
the water needs to be warmed up by adding additional water, you may want to be
able to drain water at the same time it is being refilled.
the pool will take about 40 minutes to 1 hour. Once finished, submerse
the drain pump in clean water and detergent (1 tsp of liquid soap to each
gallon of water) and run it to clear out any debris.
the pool is drained, use the liner to discard of any left over water/debris or
other disposable accessories. Once the liner is removed, use a water and
detergent mixture (1 tsp liquid soap to each gallon of water) to spray down tub
and wipe clean.
tub and pump to dry FULLY before packing up into tub/bag/box to store or return
you have any questions regarding the set up or use of the tub, feel free to
call or email us at 336-793-9586 or firstname.lastname@example.org.