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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the benefits of labor and birth in a tub?

Warm water can be soothing and relaxing, both physically and mentally. Buoyancy allows for freedom of movement, the ability to change positions easily, improved blood circulation, and oxygenation of uterine muscles.
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Why should I rent a tub?

Our tubs are larger and more comfortable than a regular tub at home.

You may move around, change positions, and even have your birth partner join you in the tub for comfort and encouragement if you wish.

The cost of a rental is less than the cost of purchasing your own tub and all the required accessories. We also deliver, pick up, and sanitize the tub.

I’m due next week, is it too late to rent a tub?

We do have a rental package minimum price point. We suggest reserving a tub at least 4 weeks in advance and ideally by the 20th week of pregnancy.

Rentals are arranged on a first come first served basis. Every effort will be made to accommodate late notice rentals if we have a tub available.

What are the tub specifications?

The La Bassine Eco Water Birth Pool is: 65” X 53” X 28” 118 gallons 0.45 mm eco vinyl.

We suggest clearing a 6’ X 5’ space to accommodate the tub, within 50 ft of a hot/cold faucet and toilet, and within 9 ft of an electrical outlet.

Do I need to protect my floor?

We provide plastic dropcloth to be placed under the tub, you may wish to have towels on hand to step on when exiting the tub.

How warm should the water be and how do I maintain the temp?

Our tubs are designed to hold the water temp for over 5 hours within 1 degree. If needed you may add a pot of two of hot water heated on the stove, being careful not to pour directly onto the tub or the mother. Alternately, you may wish to add cold water to cool down.

Most women are comfortable around 95-100°F (35-37.8°C), the temp should not exceed 100°F (37.8°) for the safety of mother and baby. We provide a floating thermometer for monitoring the temp of the water.

It is a good idea to drink plenty of water. Some women may enjoy a cool cloth on their face or neck, or a cool misting bottle.

When do I fill the tub and when should I get in?

Please consult your midwife if you are planning a home birth. She will have directions regarding when to enter the birth tub.

If you are planning a hospital birth and are using the birth tub for a comfortable early labor at home, use the birth tub in early labor and only with non-ruptured membranes.

Please consult your doctor for instructions on when to head to the hospital in labor. If you have a small water heater that takes a long time to refill, you may want to start filling at the onset of labor.

If your contractions subside, you can leave unused water in for up to 24 hours, at which point you would need to empty and refill when labor begins again.

Occasionally, in early labor, relaxing in the pool may slow or stop contractions. If this happens and you need to empty the pool and refill, you will need to call us to purchase another liner. Do not reuse a liner that you have soaked in.

Can my husband/partner get in the tub with me?

Some women like their partner to support them from outside the tub, others may enjoy having their partner join them for support.

Make sure the partner has showered and does not have any active infection. Also, make sure the tub is filled with less water, as the level will rise 1’ - 2’ for each person.

What if debris get in the water during labor/birth?

You may use the provided debris net to remove birth or fecal matter from the tub.

When should baby be lifted from the water?

As soon as the whole body is born.

Can I birth the placenta in water?

You should discuss this with your care provider. Some women birth the placenta in water and others may exit the tub to do so.

What prevents baby from breathing under water?

There are four main factors that prevent the baby from inhaling water at the time of birth:

  1. Prostaglandin E levels from the placenta which cause a slowing down or stopping of the fetal breathing movements. When the baby is born and the Prostaglandin level is still high, the baby’s muscles for breathing simply don’t work, thus engaging the first inhibitory response. 
  2. All babies are born experiencing mild hypoxia or lack of oxygen. Hypoxia causes apnea and swallowing, not breathing or gasping.
  3. Fetal lungs are already filled with fluid. That fluid is there to protect the lungs, and keep the spaces open that will eventually exchange carbon dioxide and oxygen. It is very difficult, if not improbable, for fluids from the birth tub to pass into those spaces that are already filled with fluid. One physiologist states that “the viscosity of the fluid naturally occurring in the lungs is so thick that it would be nearly impossible for any other fluids to enter.”
  4. The last important inhibitory factor is the Dive Reflex and revolves around the larynx. The larynx is covered all over with chemoreceptors or taste buds. The larynx has five times as many as taste buds as the whole surface of the tongue. So, when a solution hits the back of the throat, passing the larynx, the taste buds interprets what substance it is and the glottis automatically closes and the solution is then swallowed, not inhaled. Reference

When should I contact you to pick up the tub?

Shortly but not immediately after birth. Take in that new baby smell, tuck in for a nap, and call us as soon as you are able to arrange pick up. Within 24-48 hours post birth is fine.

Who can I contact with questions?

We are a small locally owned company. Harper Birth Tub Rentals, LLC are available to answer questions via email and by phone during normal business hours (Mon-Fri 9- 5 pm PST). Call 509.736.2413

Pregnant woman stepping into a La Bassine birth tub