1 with liner
Pool in a Box Eco - Mini Size -Professional
NOTE: manufacturer has decided to no longer make these. I have 1 more.
The First FDA Approved Inflatable Pool for Labor & Birth
Internal depth of 26in - water depth of 23 in
Two sizes available: the Regular, which is big enough for two people, and the Mini
Three independent wall chambers for increased safety & adjustable height
Patented form-fitting disposable liners
One of the only inflatable Pools made without phthalates, which have been linked to fertility problems. Better for the environment, better for you and your baby.
Includes disposable liner for enhanced safety
Midwives advise that a new liner for the birth is a necessity from a hygiene perspective, and are a must when mothers want to be able to do trial-runs before the birth. One disposable liner is included with each pool and additional liners are available for just $30 each. Using a liner also means two containers for the water, giving added protection against the unlikely event of a water leak.
Deep enough to give buoyancy without compromising midwife support
The minimum recommended depth of water to provide buoyancy for a mother in labor is 20in. Birth-Pool-in-a-Box has an internal depth of 26in and since the sides are stiff when inflated, you can fill water to a depth of 23in.
Three independent chambers for improved safety
The sides of Birth-Pool-in-a-Box are made of 3 independent tubular chambers stacked on top of each other. If one of them should puncture by accident, only 1/3 of the wall height will be lost. This is safer for mother and baby and results in little to no water on your floor than a puncture into a single-chambered inflatable pool.
Comfortable and welcoming
This does not look like a medical device! It is welcoming and the inflated sides are comfortable to rest upon. This is conducive to your relaxation which will enhance the production of the hormone oxytocin, speeding up your labor.
By deflating the middle chamber to the appropriate height once a woman is in the filled pool, the height of the pool can be adjusted for safe and comfortable access to the woman by her caregivers. Not every woman needs 28in high sides. Smaller woman or smaller midwives may find that by lowering the sides of the pool by several inches, they feel more comfortable. By adjusting this on the middle chamber, the rigidity and stability of the pool is maintained by the fully inflated top and bottom chamber.
Mothers requested strong handles on the outside of the pool for use when leaning on the side facing out. They are angled at 30 degrees for comfort and secure the form-fitted disposable liner in place.
Sturdy enough for birth partner and midwives to support from any position
Once the pool is filled, the sides are sturdy enough for a 210 lb (95.5kg) person to sit on the side without collapsing it. There is also plenty of room in the Regular pool for the partner to join the mother.
Every one factory-tested
Every single pool is inflated and left for 24 hours before testing and packing. That means structural integrity you can depend on.
Proven in the field
Birth-Pool-in-a-Box has been used successfully for labor and birth by over 1,200 women in Britain, and is now quickly gaining popularity in the US. For more information on its history, please visit The Good Birth Companys website.
Approximate time to inflate - 15-25 minutes
Approximate filling time - 40 minutes to 3 hours (depending on your water pressure and the size of your hot water tank.)
Birth Pool in a Box is made from PVC. PVC needs softening additives ("plasticisers") to make it flexible and the plasticisers historically used - compounds called phthalates - have been linked to fertility problems in animals and, by extension, people. Alternative plasticisers have been developed whose performance is close to that of phthalates and we have specified these for use in the new versions of Birth Pool in a Box. Hence the name Eco highlights the reduced impact on health and the environment.
Is there an Eco liner as well?
Yes! An Eco liner comes with each Eco pool and additional liners are available separately.
Can you make bio-degradable pools?
There is currently no bio-degradable material available that performs like PVC available at prices less than 10 times that of PVC. We expect innovation to enable one at some time in the future and we will definitely offer it as soon as we can.