Birth Pool & TENS hire

Water and TENS machines are non drug-based pain relief options.

For some they are essential methods of avoiding drugs during labour,
and for others they are a stepping stone before moving on to other options.

Immersion in water is an effective method of managing the physical sensations of your labour and birth

A woman labouring in a birth pool. Caz is providing physical touch over the side of the pool as she rests between contractions.

Why use water in labour?

Movement

Water is physically supportive, allowing you to move around more freely and get into positions you would not be able to get into on dry land.

It supports your back, pelvis and hips, and is particularly useful for those with PGP, back problems or arthritis.

Relaxation

The warmth of the water is incredibly relaxing, which helps with physically feeling less pain (if you are tense, it hurts more).

It also means you produce more oxytocin, the hormone of labour, and more endorphins, the body's natural pain relieving chemicals.

Privacy

The walls of the birth pool are opaque, and so they act as a protective bubble, within which you feel secure, safe and unobserved.

This reduces your adrenaline and increases your oxytocin levels, allowing your body to labour more easily and effectively.

Are there any negatives to using water?

Sometimes water can slow the first stage of labour down. If you feel that may be happening, you can get out again! There is no rule saying you must stay in the pool once you are in it! In fact, it can be beneficial to get in and out of the pool to help the baby move down well into your pelvis.

Some women and birthing people find that the water makes them too hot during labour so they want to get back out again. There is debate about the best temperature for birth pool water to be at but generally, a comfortable temperature for you is best while you are labouring. Your midwives may want to change the temperature to be closer to body temperature as the birth approaches - that is for you to discuss with them.

Using a pool may increase your chance of having a minor tear (or it may not), but it decreases your chance of having a severe tear or episiotomy.

You can read more about the evidence around waterbirth on Evidence Based Birth.

Using TENS in labour

TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation.
It stimulates endorphins, which are the body's natural pain relieving chemicals (imagine the way your headache hurts less when you laugh at something funny). It works best if it is put on during the very early stages of labour, which makes it great for use before getting in a birth pool, which can sometimes slow labour down in the early stages.

A labour TENS machine differs from a regular TENS machine because it has 4 pads rather than 2,
and also has a boost button for use during contractions. There are two different pulse patterns so you can choose the one you like best, and it can attach to your clothes via a clip or be worn around your neck on a lanyard.

Are there any negatives to using a TENS?

Some people absolutely hate the feel of them.

Sometimes you can forget to turn the pulse strength up as your labour progresses.
It is useful to talk with your birth partners about reminding you to check whether it needs turning up at regular points during your labour.

What do you get when you hire a pool/TENS from me?

  • A professional grade Birth Pool in a Box pool: either regular or mini size
  • 6 weeks hire as standard, from 37-43 weeks, with the option to extend if you have a long pregnancy
  • Delivery to and collection from your home, in and around Bradford, West Yorkshire
  • Electric pump to inflate and deflate the pool
  • Lid to cover the pool once filled (to keep the heat in if you don't use it for a long period of time)
  • Patch kit, in case of emergencies
  • Tap connectors to fit standard taps
  • Dirty water pump and hose to empty the pool
  • Full instructions on how to inflate, fill, empty and deflate the pool
  • Single User Supplies: a liner, a hose to fill the pool, thermometer, sieve, mirror, anchor
  • A cord tie as a free gift!

£100 delivered & collected in the Bradford, West Yorkshire area

What's the difference between the regular and mini pools?

Just the sizes. The price remains the same regardless of which size you choose so you can choose the one that is most suitable for your body size and room space.

Regular Pool

193cm x 165cm, holding 650L water (80% full)
For those who are of a taller stature
For those whose partners wish to join them in the pool
For those who want plenty of space to move around in

Mini Pool

165cm x 145cm, holding 480L water (80% full)
For those who are of a shorter stature
For those who have limited space or hot water
For those who labour quickly and need the pool ready fast

Is it worth it?

I think so!

If you are planning to give birth at home, choosing to birth in water is a really good option. A lot of homebirthers choose TENS and water as their pain relief and find them to be invaluable during their births. There are also people who choose to give birth at home so that they can be guaranteed the use of a birth pool, as there are a limited number of pools at hospital.

I have done my utmost to make the process as streamlined as possible.
My aim is to reduce any stress you may feel in the run up to your birth, and I am always on hand to answer any questions you may have.

A couple of helpful comments...

Having the water birth helped with the pain of my osteoarthritis.

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Amy

2015

Efficient and good value service. Really friendly.

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Rachael

2020

If you have booked Silver, Gold or Platinum birth doula services then the pool hire is free and you will only be charged for the Single User Supplies. I will bring everything when we meet in late pregnancy.

What are the next steps?

You will need to contact me to check whether I have a pool available for you to hire around your EDD. You can do so via my contact form.

You will need to download a booking form and T&Cs, complete them and send them to me via email. To complete your booking you will need to send a deposit payment of £20. You can download the forms below as well as paying your deposit. You do not need to have a Paypal account in order to complete the payment.

Download the booking forms here ->

The remaining balance is due before or when I deliver the pool at 37 weeks gestation. I will take you through the box contents and give you instructions on storing and using the pool, as well as doing a trial run so that you are comfortable with everything.

At a convenient time after your birth you can ring or message me to let me know that the pool can be collected. I aim to collect the pool within a day or so after you have given birth so that you can have your house back and get on with enjoying your babymoon.

A note on refunds: I understand that birth is unpredictable and you may
end up not giving birth in the pool for some reason. If the Single User Supplies are returned unopened then you will be entitled to a partial refund.

What if I'd like a TENS too?

Just let me know on your booking form!

There is a section in which you can tick to indicate you'd also like to hire a TENS machine. I will bring the TENS machine at the same time as I deliver the pool.

Image of a TENS machine on a table.

When you hire a TENS you get:

  • TENS machine with belt/clothing clip
  • 4 brand new pads
  • 2 sets of batteries
  • full instructions
  • lanyard
  • a storage bag to keep everything together

Additional £15 with pool hire

Frequently Asked Questions

What area do you cover?

I currently offer stand alone pool hire within 10-15 miles of my home address in
south Bradford, West Yorkshire. If you are booked as a doula client then you may live slightly further afield and still be covered.

If you live in Bradford, West Leeds, Halifax, or the Bradford side of Dewsbury/Wakefield then I will likely be able to hire from you. For further clarification, please contact me.

I do not hire pools nationally.

Can I spread the cost?

Absolutely! If you would like to organise a payment plan over several months just let me know when you book. So long as the deposit is paid at booking and the balance is fully paid by the time you are 37 weeks gestation you can split the payments however you like.

I also accept payments from friends and family on your behalf.
A birth pool is a great gift!

Can I just use garden hose?

You can, but the reason I supply food safe hosepipe is that it is not treated with chemicals like garden hose is. It is always your choice though.

How long is the hose?

10 meters.

The emptying hose is also 10m long.

Do I need to get anything extra?

If you have unusually shaped taps, then you will need to source your own tap connector.

You may also choose to get a large floor covering to protect against water splashes.

What if I go overdue?

Standard pool hire is 37-43 weeks.

If you are approaching 43 weeks and planning to keep waiting, please let me know you need an extension.

I will do my best to accomodate you.

How long does it take to inflate the pool?

About 10 minutes with the provided inflate/deflate pump.

How long does it take to fill?

It depends on your water pressure, and obviously the regular takes longer to fill than the mini but usually about 45-75 minutes.