Following requests from local families, and with help from the Asda Green Token Giving scheme, we are excited to be able to offer accessible birth pool hire to women in Greater Manchester.
Why water birth?
Waterbirth is a wonderful option for many women giving birth. We want to ensure this is accessible to any local women who would like a birth pool at home.
Women tell us that labouring and birthing in water helped them to feel more relaxed. They say the use of a pool supported them to birth with minimal intervention and research supports this.
There is a perception that water is just nice. But it is the most effective form of pain relief barring an epidural in labour. I would like to see more women using water and fewer women using the types of pain relief that are less effective
– Dr Julia Sanders, a consultant midwife and member of the group which drew up the NICE guidance.
Studies have shown that the potential benefits of water birth include:
- Less pain and higher satisfaction with the birth experience
- Less medication use for pain relief
- Less use of artificial oxytocin
- Shorter labours
- Higher rates of normal vaginal birth
- Lower rates of episiotomy
- Higher rates of intact perineum
- Lower rates of third and fourth-degree tears
- Lower rates of postpartum haemorrhage
How does it work?
Pick ups and drop offs are currently ‘no contact’. We will arrange a time for you to collect or return the pool outside one of our homes in South Manchester.
For the time being Holding Space sessions will take place over Zoom or similar.
Our standard pool hire is for six weeks, from approximately 37 weeks of pregnancy until you have given birth. Pools can be collected from many of our regular groups or from our home addresses in Whalley Range and Burnage. When you have finished with your pool we ask that you clean it and arrange to return it to any of our convenient locations.
In addition to loaning the equipment, we are able to offer this alongside our Holding Space service. This means that when you collect and return your pool you can access the support of our experienced doulas. We can support you to prepare for your birth and debrief your experience afterwards.
Each pool is loaned with an air pump for blowing up the pool and a water pump for emptying. You will need to purchase your own liner, hose and tap connectors as these cannot easily be sterilised. Liners and hoses can be purchased through us if you wish.
How much does it cost?
Our hire scheme is free to use. However, we do ask for a suggested donation for anyone who is able to contribute.
A standard grade pool is only designed for a single-use but can often be used around five times before it begins to show signs of wear and damage. This works out at around £25 per birth, and a donation of this amount allows us to cover this cost of a pool and replace it when it can no longer be used.
Below are our suggested donations depending on your income:
No income (including those who do not have access to their household income)
Receiving means tested benefits e.g. Universal Credit, Income Support
Receiving tax credits
The aim of this service is to make water birth available to everyone, regardless of their situation. If your circumstances would make it difficult to make a donation, for any reason, we understand and there is no expectation to donate!
For those who can comfortably contribute, it will go directly to supporting more families and allow the scheme to remain accessible to all.
Every donation is much appreciated, be it a monetary donation, an unused liner or other accessories that can be used by others.
We also ask for a deposit of £80 to be paid before your pool is collected. This will be returned to you when we receive the pool and accessories back in good clean condition. If providing a deposit would be an issue, just tell us.