The choice of size is made on the basis of practical and emotional considerations.
No. We follow the health guidelines from the UK and the USA, where the use of a heat element is not permitted. A heat element carries the risk of forming the legionella bacteria. The British government has included this in its advice on water births. Infection studies have been done by CDC Arizona.
Practice shows that the temperature of the water in our birth pools stays at the same level for a long time and it is very easy to bring the water back up to temperature if necessary. All this is described in detail in the manual.
Our hygiene and infection prevention measures are always scientifically based. We prefer prevention rather than cure.
We supply 1 water hose. This water hose is always new and free of toxins. The water hose is first used for the supply of clean water, and after childbirth for the disposal of the used water. After use, throw away the water hose.
For reasons of hygiene, we deliberately choose not to re-use the water hose (e.g. 1 for supply and 1 for discharge). A water hose is never 100% clean and/or dry, with risk of infection in mother and child.
Our hygiene and infection prevention measures are always scientifically based. We prefer to prevent rather than cure.
Maintaining the temperature can be the responsibility of, for example, the partner.
Practice shows that the water in the birth pool stays at temperature for a long time and it is very easy to bring the water back to temperature if necessary.
Our advice is to first fill the birth pool at the minimum filling height (indicated on the inner cover), so that you can easily add hot water. The minimum filling height is high enough for childbirth.
To adjust the temperature (warmer or colder) during your bathing session, remove water from the bath with a clean bucket and add hot/cold water again with the hose.
With the heat cover (optional) the temperature drops only half a degree per hour, depending on the room temperature, humidity and air circulation at the location of the birth pool. You use this cover when you're not in the birth pool. You can also fill the bath 1 to 2 degrees warmer, if you plan to go in later.
Starting from the largest size: The weight of 660kg (birth pool + water) + pregnant (+/- 80kg) is distributed over an area of 1.6m2. This is about 460kg per m2, evenly distributed (so no point load). The same m2 load applies to the smaller size.
A normal floor construction should be able to support this weight with ease. Of course we cannot guarantee a specific floor, but our experience (also with old canal houses in Amsterdam) is that this has never caused any problems. In case of doubt, construction drawings can provide a definite answer.
The birth pool can be set up in 15 minutes. No hassle with kits and tools. Of course there is a clear manual. If you still can't figure it out, you can always contact us.
On the website you will find an extensive explanation.
If you have not been able to use the purchased birth pool, package or accessory for your birth pool, it may be returned within a year after the purchased date. We therefore deliberately deviate positively from the legal 14-day return period, so that you can prepare for the child birth without any worries.
It is important that the products are unused and unopened. If this is not the case we cannot credit the products due to hygiene protocols.
Upon receipt you may open the box, so you can be sure that the order has been delivered to you. You check your order with the checklist sent along.
We ship to all countries within the European Union, Switzerland and Norway.
We do not recommend the use of a used birth pool. These are birth pools designed for single use. You don't know how the birth pool was used or if there were any weaknesses. To ensure safety, it is wise to purchase a new birth pool. When you buy a new birth pool and know precisely how it is used, you can use it for your subsequent childbirth. Always use a new liner for every birth.