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Old 01-11-2007, 12:25 AM   #21
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Has anyone just used their regular bathtub? I have a *LARGE* tub in my master bath. When I fill it up and sit in it, the water comes up to my breasts.

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That's what we will be using. My midwife said it should work perfectly. Ours is nice because it has jets too. She just said to clean it out really well and disinfect it before using it for birth.
Have you found a good way to disinfect your jets? Mine is a jet tub, too. We never use the jets because they shoot out little black flakes .

I'm dreaming anyway. . . my DH is a physician and he'd probably never agree to a homebirth, esp since we live 30 minutes from both local hospitals. One of them has a birthing tub, but I've been reluctant to go there, in part, because that is the hospital where DH and FIL (also a doc) work and EVERYONE would be all up in my business
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Have you found a good way to disinfect your jets? Mine is a jet tub, too. We never use the jets because they shoot out little black flakes .

I'm dreaming anyway. . . my DH is a physician and he'd probably never agree to a homebirth, esp since we live 30 minutes from both local hospitals. One of them has a birthing tub, but I've been reluctant to go there, in part, because that is the hospital where DH and FIL (also a doc) work and EVERYONE would be all up in my business
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Our jets did that when we first used them this fall (after sitting all summer) I filled the tub with HOT water and added vinegar. I ran that through the jets for 10 mins and they have been fine since then. I will probaby do that again before the baby comes, but we use them pretty regularly so they stay clean.
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Our jets did that when we first used them this fall (after sitting all summer) I filled the tub with HOT water and added vinegar. I ran that through the jets for 10 mins and they have been fine since then. I will probaby do that again before the baby comes, but we use them pretty regularly so they stay clean.
You might try a little bleach too to kill the germs in there.. then rinse real good!
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Old 01-11-2007, 03:13 PM   #25
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I did use bleach the last time I ran them. . . haven't tried to run them since. Maybe I'll try the vinegar. I think the previous owners of the house didn't take very good care of it (we've only been here 2 1/2 yrs).

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I have a minute, so I wanted to update and tell you how it went for me.

The pool was my lifesaver during the last couple hours. I really don't think I could have remained sane without it. We had two hoses - one to constantly siphon (sp?) water OUT of the pool (into the bathtub) and one hooked up to the hot water on the washing maching to constantly trickle more hot water in, to keep the temperature steady.

I DID flood my house completely. But, I rent, I have hardwoods, so I didn't care. When his head was crowning, I pushed down way too hard on the side and water flooded out everywhere. But, other than that, the water stayed in the pool.

I am 5'1" and I could have floated on my back and then some. Didn't, but could have. The sides were perfect for draping my arms over - they were sturdy and didn't hurt my underarms. I didn't have anything under it, and it was on a hard floor, but the bottom was still soft enough that it wasn't hard on my knees. The water came up to my mid-back the way I was positioned most of the time, and the one time I sat on my butt, it more than covered my belly.

My husband climbed in with me after I broke my water and he started to crown, and he just sat comfortably on the other side of the pool away from me until it was time to catch Henry. So, it was plenty big enough for two people.

Clean up was the best - drained (siphoned) the pool, stabbed it (to deflate) stuffed it in a garbage bag and that was that.
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you make it sound so easy...lol i am so happy your birth went great mama!!
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I have a minute, so I wanted to update and tell you how it went for me.

The pool was my lifesaver during the last couple hours. I really don't think I could have remained sane without it. We had two hoses - one to constantly siphon (sp?) water OUT of the pool (into the bathtub) and one hooked up to the hot water on the washing maching to constantly trickle more hot water in, to keep the temperature steady.

I DID flood my house completely. But, I rent, I have hardwoods, so I didn't care. When his head was crowning, I pushed down way too hard on the side and water flooded out everywhere. But, other than that, the water stayed in the pool.

I am 5'1" and I could have floated on my back and then some. Didn't, but could have. The sides were perfect for draping my arms over - they were sturdy and didn't hurt my underarms. I didn't have anything under it, and it was on a hard floor, but the bottom was still soft enough that it wasn't hard on my knees. The water came up to my mid-back the way I was positioned most of the time, and the one time I sat on my butt, it more than covered my belly.

My husband climbed in with me after I broke my water and he started to crown, and he just sat comfortably on the other side of the pool away from me until it was time to catch Henry. So, it was plenty big enough for two people.

Clean up was the best - drained (siphoned) the pool, stabbed it (to deflate) stuffed it in a garbage bag and that was that.
I would love to know what model kiddy pool you had LJ
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I would love to know what model kiddy pool you had LJ
lol..I was thinking the same thing...not that you are joking OOey but In my mind I was thinking the kiddie pools were those small plastic ones that we played in as kids?? I didnt know they made inflatable kiddie pools?? Id like to get one for MIkey!!
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You got the 29 dollar one right? I have thought about that one alot but now that you say the sides are not as sturdy I think I will be going for the La Bassine... I been wanting to ask you about your experiance but did not want to bother you and little henry! Thanks so much for remembering this thread!!!!

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this is the one I THINK LJ had: http://www.birthwithsol.com/birthpool.html

The La Bassine: http://yourwaterbirth.com/catalog/pr...f96f3489743f78
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I have a minute, so I wanted to update and tell you how it went for me.

The pool was my lifesaver during the last couple hours. I really don't think I could have remained sane without it. We had two hoses - one to constantly siphon (sp?) water OUT of the pool (into the bathtub) and one hooked up to the hot water on the washing maching to constantly trickle more hot water in, to keep the temperature steady.

I DID flood my house completely. But, I rent, I have hardwoods, so I didn't care. When his head was crowning, I pushed down way too hard on the side and water flooded out everywhere. But, other than that, the water stayed in the pool.

I am 5'1" and I could have floated on my back and then some. Didn't, but could have. The sides were perfect for draping my arms over - they were sturdy and didn't hurt my underarms. I didn't have anything under it, and it was on a hard floor, but the bottom was still soft enough that it wasn't hard on my knees. The water came up to my mid-back the way I was positioned most of the time, and the one time I sat on my butt, it more than covered my belly.

My husband climbed in with me after I broke my water and he started to crown, and he just sat comfortably on the other side of the pool away from me until it was time to catch Henry. So, it was plenty big enough for two people.

Clean up was the best - drained (siphoned) the pool, stabbed it (to deflate) stuffed it in a garbage bag and that was that.
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