Today I ordered one of the final components for our ultimate home birth experience:
The AquaDoula Labor Tub.
There's a local company called Labor Tubs Northwest that you can rent them from that seems to totally take all the thought and work out of the process. They're on call 24/7, so when you're in active labor you just give them a buzz and they come to your place and set up and fill the tub. There's a heater to keep it at optimal temp, and you're good to go for 24 hours.*
Once you've done your thing and achieved your orgasmic birth and baby is happily nuzzling at the breast; you just have your hubby or doula or drum circle leader give the company a call back and they come back and clean the whole thing up and take it away.
Sounds great, right? No muss, no fuss, just an opportunity to birth in comfort and style right in your own living room.
Now, I'll admit that I am a little bit concerned that soaking in a hot tub isn't going to sound like a pleasant pastime given the potential temperature at the end of July, but we're going to give the thing a shot anyway. I would rather have the option available to me than not.
And we'll be sure to post a full report on the success of the labor tub aspect after the fact, in case you're contemplating your own rental. Maybe for your next backyard BBQ?
*If you need it longer than that you have to have them come back and refill it, as the warm water shouldn't be kept for longer than that- breeding ground for icky bacteriums, etc...