Happy customers who used a Blue Lagoon birth pool in many ways -
for antenatal relaxation, familiarization and practicing positions;
for a waterbirth;
for postnatal relaxation
" Hiring the birthing pool was such a good decision. I had a low risk pregnancy with no concerns and so I was able to give birth at home, using the pool. It was an amazing form of pain relief, it helped me to feel so much more comfortable as the water supported my body and really helped with the pain.
I had to get out of the pool to be examined by the midwifes before the second stage and had a few contractions outside of the pool and the relief when I was able to get back into the pool was amazing.
The midwifes had brought gas and air but I did not feel like I had to use it as I felt that the pain relief of the water was so effective. I also found that being in my own space (the pool) helped me to get into a 'zone' and focus on the delivery, internalising everything and really concentrating on dealing with the labour and pushing the baby out.
My baby was delivered in the water and the midwife put him up on my chest. We were able to sit there, in the warm water (still warm after being filled 5 hours previously) for about 10 minutes just holding George and taking it all in. I also found that still being in the water at that point helped with the pain relief of immediately afterward.
I didn't get into the pool until I was 8cm and it really helped with the intensity of the contractions toward the end of the first stage and then the pushing stage. My labour was 7 hours in total and I was in the pool for 4 of those hours.
I would really recommend it to anyone considering a home birth. I will definitely be using it for any future births if possible.“
Helen C (July 2007)
'The pool has been amazing, thank you!
Our beautiful baby was born in the pool
(10 days overdue and just time to have her
at home in the pool as our hospital don't
allow home birth past 10 days over)
and it was an amazing experience.
I could not believe how much the water
helped me, I even fell asleep in the pool
in between contractions.
Everything was so natural and instinctive
and went without a hitch'. JB 2009
‘The warm water was so soothing and supportive that I gradually became more confident, more in control and yet more liberated!’ ‘Okay’ I thought, ‘I can do this!’’ SR
‘As I sank into the warm water I let out a deep sigh of relief and immediately began to relax. I was amazed at the difference it made.’ AR
‘I found it much easier to cope with the contractions in the warm water. I’m so glad I chose this way to give birth.’ DL
‘I felt free from distractions and able to focus on what was going on in my body. It really helped me settle down and I was so relaxed in between contractions that a couple of times I actually dozed off!’ SH
‘John was sitting on the stool Blue Lagoon provide, right next to the birth pool. We could touch when I needed it and be very close, or I could float away to the other side. I didn’t want him actually in the pool though, that space was mine! Suddenly, in second stage, it felt completely right to have him in and it was so fulfilling to be together in the pool for the actual birth’. A R
‘Once I got into my birth pool I stopped panicking. It was such an amazing feeling – as though I was safe and could forget about anything outside my beautiful womblike space.’
'In the end I didnt use the pool during labour - Ella arrived early the day after we got it and by the time it was assembled and filled, I was too far into labour to climb in. It was absolutely wonderful afterwards though - eased all the aches and pains beautifully. The supportive service from the Blue Lagoon staff was also much appreciated.' Amy Driver (see Amy's full birth story on the 'homebirth' website
‘My birth pool was my haven!. Things really got going once I got in. My contractions seemed to settle into a rhythm, and I was oblivious of everything else’.
"I feel the use of water during childbirth to be of great benefit. Not only does it envelope you with warmth, but it also takes some of the weight from your body allowing you to relax more and so enhances the progression of labour.
It enables you to move from one position to another with as little effort as possible and for those who want to remain upright it gives wonderful support to achieve that, either with or without the help of a partner.
For myself and many others who enjoy the feeling of water the use of a birthing pool has provided security and comfort to empower us to give birth with as little fuss and as much love as possible.” - A B
“The thing I found most amazing about having a water birth was the sheer comfort of it. I had my first baby in hospital and although I was told I could assume any position I liked, I found that coping with the contractions took all my energy and attention, and my body felt heavy and clumsy.
With the birth of my second child at home in a Blue Lagoon pool, I could cope with the contractions much better, The support that the water gave me was beautiful and so welcome, allowing me to assume the most comfortable position effortlessly at each stage.
Because I didn’t have to use any energy to move around, I had lots left when if came to the pushing stage, which happened quickly and effortlessly. I cannot think of a more natural or comfortable way to labour or a more gently birth for the baby.” - D L