The birthing pool made an appearance in our living room this past weekend. Micah decided it was time to get her out of storage and make sure she is in proper, working order before the big day. As you can see, it is also fully functional as an indoor swimming pool for the kids, as well. Yeah!
When we decided we wanted a waterbirth, we looked into all our various options, and decided on buying this particular pool, manufactured by Made in Water.
Most homebirth midwives have birthing pools on hand that you can rent, or we even have friends who've opted to buy a cheap, Summertime kiddie pool at Target to birth in. Or, you could simply give birth in your very own (large) bathtub, and that would work fine, too.
But Micah and I felt that buying our own birthing pool would be more personable, and something we could hold onto for subsequent births.
I am really happy we did this. I took a moment to jump into the pool with the kids this past weekend, and got to relive some pleasant birth memories as well. I think my favorite part about this pool is that it has these big, firm, squishy sides. They were just perfect for squeezing every time I had a contraction.
Micah was explaining to the kids that our special pool is for having our new baby in, and that Odin was born in here, too! They loved talking about it--and think it's so cool.It's kind of funny to think that this little piece of equipment has so much meaning for our family. I am looking forward to getting in it once again, and squeezing those sides.