We’ve had a bit of a flurry of requests for corner baths, mainly from export customers, so we thought we’d better write a short blog on them.
The short answer is, ‘yes, we do make them.’ They are an excellent option where space is a bit tight but the hospital still want to give a birthing mum the option of a water birth. Sometimes, corner baths are avoided as the midwives want to be able to access the woman from as many parts of the bath as possible.
Our Dunoon model birthing bath is ideally suited to being used in a corner. It is already designed specifically to be compact and fit in smaller rooms but to still give a labouring woman plenty of room to move and keep active during birth. It does this by virtue of its rounded rectangular shape and by using space wisely so that it still has the capacity of a birth.
The Dunoon can be fitted in any position and doesn’t have to go in a corner but if you let us know when ordering, we can include an extra piece of trim (at no cost) so that you can have a neat finish against the corner walls.
Another of our compact birthing baths for labour and post-partum bathing, the York model, is ready to go off to the Isle of Man. With its very modern look, the York gives birth centres that luxury spa feel. As with all Aquabirths pools, it is a one-piece construction for maximum strength and infection control as well as for ease of installation.
Midwives and waterbirth mums had a direct hand in this bath’s design, hence the broad rims and curves. An additional feature they designed in was the excellent lumbar support.
Contact us for drawings, photos and offers for this birthing bath.
Our number is 0345 230 1381. This rings to all our offices simultaneously and you will be able to contact us in office hours. Very occasionally, customers are ringing a geographical number (starting 01274), possibly because their handset displayed that number instead of the 0345 number.
If you ring this geographical landline number, there is a very high chance you will not get an answer or, if you leave a voicemail, your message is never collected.
0345 numbers are mobile-friendly and cost the same as a the geographical 01274 number.
Ruth was at continuity2016 and will be reporting more fully on her blog bornstroppy but in the meantime…
The two new baths ready to be sent out to Abu Dhabi, shortly before being wrapped and crated. A video tour / final inspection of the baths. The steps and related equipment are boxed seperately.
Softbirth© have just launched their range of soft furnishings for the birthing room. The most exciting piece being their birthing couch kit.
With its simple yet innovative design, its segments can be moved around to suit the needs of the moment. The stool segment pulls out to give a seat for the midwife or birth partner. The recess can be used for the mother to kneel – a kneeling mat is included for comfort. Other couches charge for other items, such as inserts, as an optional extra whereas they are included in the price of the Softbirth couch.
The foam used is very firm for safety’ s sake but it is topped off with memory foam to give a very comfortable feel. The comfort is enhanced as the design tries to get away from the ‘clinical look’ whilst still being suitable for the birth room. Its approximate dimensions are 2m x 1m x 0.45m. And whilst it is firm and stable, it is not heavy or cumbersome like other similar products. It can be easily moved and deployed or put aside to clear space.
The cover is hospital grade and has welded seams and is fully cleanable. The cover is zipped so that it can be replaced and to enable inspection (the inner of the cloth is white so that any ‘strike-through’ can be quickly spotted. The zips are covered by hygiene flaps. The couch can come in mid-lilac as shown or navy blue and replacement covers can be purchased either with the couch or later as a replacement.
Another optional extra is the comfort cushions set consisting of a pillow, a square cushion and a cylinder-cushion. Larger versions of these cushions are available.
For prices, click here.
We had an email that came via the midwives of the Morecambe Bay Trust in response to our installation of a Canberra birth bath at Barrow (Furness General)
To whom it may concern,
I have seen pictures of the new birth pool in Furness Hospital on your website it looks fantastic. We are looking at developing a water birth service in our hospital in Limerick in the Republic of Ireland.
We would like to get some information and details of the birthing pool.
I would be delighted if you could supply some information in relation to the birthing pool company and specification that was used.
The full text of the speech ‘What’s So Difficult About Continuity of Carer’, given by Ruth Weston at #AIMStalk, York can be found via the link in the tweet.
Ruth will be giving a speech at the AIMS Conference in York University on the afternoon of Saturday 21st. The text of it will be posted here but in the meantime…
A packed-out conference on waterbirth and normality held in Shipley, with such speakers as Dianne Garland and consultant midwife Alison Brown. A fuller report to follow but here are some of the tweets…
There was also the launch of BirthSoft for reasonably priced birth couches, mats, etc.