La Bassine birthing pool has a great reputation as a comfortable and intimate birthing pool which has led to it becoming a best seller.
Being designed by a mother of four, it is built with comfort and practicality as uppermost concerns. It has an inflated base which means that when you are kneeling it will be on a soft surface rather than a hard or wrinkled oneÂ which can cause discomfort. It has sturdy sides which won’t gape when you get in and out or when your midwife leans over meaning that the water stays in the pool. There are handles on each side allowing you to move easily and hold on when you push.
The internal dimensions are 4 feet long by 3 feet wide and the water is just over 2 feet deep.Â It isÂ designed to give you space to move and feel comfortable whilst maintaining a cocoon environment. The water will cover your bump but not be so deep you feel lost. Externally it measures about 5’5″ by 4’5″ and will fit into the majority of homes. The size is such that your midwife can easily reach in toÂ assist you without moving you.Â It is made of eco-friendly ‘phthalates, lead and cadmium’Â free material which is incredibly durable. You can also purchase an eco-hose free from these chemicals either separately or as part of the Essentials Kit. The pool takes between 25 and 35 minutes to fill depending on your water flow.
Technical details apart, there are a wealth of testimonials on the site from both parents and professionals. They credit the excellent design as well as the speedy and friendly customer service. Reading through these testimonials and looking at theÂ customer photo galleryÂ gives you an excellent feel for the product in use.
You can buy the pool and accessories separately or simply buy the complete Essentials Kit containing: La Bassine birthing pool, Electric pump to inflate your pool in 5 mins, 15m eco hose: No Lead, Cadmium or Phthalates, Tap connector to fit your hose to your mixer tap, Water pump to empty your pool easily andÂ Runa’s Birth, A Childrenâ€™s Book about Birth for Â£104.95.
Available from Made in Water.