I just now realized that in going unassisted I may get the chance for the Water birth that I dreamed about with the boys. With Both boys I laboured in the Water for periods of time. In both cases it was after my labour had stalled…
With Xavier I was transfered to the hospital and all hope of anything natural went out the window. All except for the C-S which I refused and fought. With Colin, I got out of the tub and tried other things to get him to descend. The tub was also not ideal. It was a “spa” tub but the water wasn’t deep enough to cover my tummy, the bottom was slippery, hard and uncomfortable. I layed down on the bed. got into a position that was to help Colin turn and was at the same time very comfortable. After 20 hours of labour, I was also tired…. I fell asleep while I went through transition, waking with each contraction, sleeping between…
When I woke up and was asked to move by one of the midwives, I felt him shift inside and was Immobilized. My body took over completely and I just tried to catch my breath. My water birth was again not possible.
This time I want a Water birth. I was thinking that it wouldn’t be possible since my tub in our home is tiny. Non-Pregnant I find it too small to comfortably take a bath.
I was reading about UC water brth today and found a great tub that would make the water birth possible.
- CONSTRUCTION: made with extra thick PVC, La Bassine is strong and durable. Using upright chambers construction instead of multi rings means easy access for cleaning with no hidden place where bacteria can fester and very strong supportive walls that can stand up the weight of a birthing woman. Inflatable pool are easier to set up and thanks to the air provide much better insulation than rigid birthing tub, keeping the water warm for longer without the need of heating system. The inflatable floor and walls provide great comfort when adopting any position, especially leaning on the wall or kneeling on the floor.
- SIZE:our La Bassine birthing pool is a little nest where cradled in warm water you will feel in your own world. The outer measurements are 165cm(65″)/135cm(53″), which allow you to set up La Bassine even in a small hospital room or a tiny flat. The inner measurements are 115cm(45″)/95cm(37″), large enough for you to float and relax between each contraction and for your midwives to reach you and your baby very easily.
It requires much less water (around 100 gallons) than most other pools and therefore weights far less (important if you live in a flat or you are not birthing on the ground floor). The pool will fill using your normal hot water system in about 30 minutes.
- DEPTH:our La Bassine is considerably deeper than other standard inflatable paddling pools used for waterbirths. It’s 25″(65cm) depth will ensure that you belly stays under water when adopting an upright position. Supported upright positions in labour such as kneeling, sitting or squatting have been recognised by leading specialist to be the most effective, least painful and safest way to give birth naturally. Water, Thanks to its buoyancy effect, allows you to adopt any of these positions effortlessly, leaving you all the energy you need to push your baby out.
- SHAPE:the oval shape of La Bassine cuts down the volume of water required compared to a round pool of the same diameter.
- COLOR: La Bassine is a dark blue color – there are no motifs or distracting colors, just a deep relaxing blue.
- INTERNAL HANDLES: two sturdy but un-obstructive plastic handles are on hand if you feel the need to hold on firmly while pushing.
The price isn’t too bad… 115$ +S/H but still a lot more then we have…
How funny, my midwife just told me about the La Bassine tub today. She said she has never seen one in use, but thought they looked neat. Do you have any concerns about it not having a heater? That’s the only thing I wondered about. Maybe you would just keep dumping hot water in if you needed to?
Yeah I was wondering about that too but on the few places (individuals) that were reccomeding it they said that they just kept added pots of boiling water and it brought the temp up quite fine. They also say that on the main website.
I think it is the large air chambers that keep the water warm.
I just think it looks really comfy with the large sides and the floor looks really thick also. I also think the handles are a great idea…