Feel free to appoint a person who will be responsible for the birthing pool during use.
Do not overinflate the birthing pool. This is the most common cause of air holes/punctures. Also check that the pool has reached room temperature before you inflate it.
- First inflate the floor, this is due to ergonomic reasons for your body.
- The black blowholes have two openings, one inner and one outer. The outer opening is used when you have to inflate your pool, the air is kept in thanks to the design of the blow hole. The inner opening is used when you need to empty your pool of air.
- Blow up the walls. Place one hand on the birthing pool and feel until the walls are firm and without wrinkles. Do not fully inflate the walls before the liner is in place.
- Insert the liner and fully inflate the pool.
- Now your pool is ready to be filled! To avoid possible weakness in the seams of the pool, do not have hotter water than 39°. ATTENTION! For a water birth, a temperature of around 37-38° is recommended.
- Fill up to the mark on the inside of the pool/liner, you can adjust the water level after you get into the pool.
If your birth pool has chambers, you can in some cases let the air out of, for example, the middle chamber of a La bassine Maxi to make it easier to step in and out of the pool. Extra beneficial for people who are shorter or those with pelvic pain.
The other chambers hold the water.
Make sure this works for your particular birthing pool.
Fill the pool
More information with pictures will come shortly.
How to fill pool
The easiest way to fill the birthing pool is through an echo hose with faucet connections that you attach to the nearest faucet.
You can also choose to fill the birthing pool manually either with buckets you fill from the nearest faucet or boil water on the stove in large pots. It may be preferable if your water heater cannot handle the amount of hot water needed.
When to fill the pool
If the birthing pool is left with warm water for longer than 24 hours, bacterial growth begins. The bacteria leave the pool with condensation/evaporation which means that the bacteria are later in the whole room which is inhaled by people who are there. It can cause a slight cold, runny nose, itchy eyes for adults, but for a newborn child with an undeveloped immune system, there is the risk of Legionella pneumonia (severe pneumonia).
Feel free to fill the birthing pool in the active phase. The recommendation is to change the water every 12 hours.
Currently, there is no safe heater that can heat birth pools without melting the pool's plastic.
We recommend a heating cap to keep hot water. In a room at 25°C, the temperature drops about 1°C per hour. You can also use buckets by emptying the birthing pool of cold water and then refilling with new warm water or alternatively boiled water in pans/kettles.