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How to Pack Up a Birth Pool

You’re had you’re baby – Congratulations! And whether a water or land birth the birth pool was invaluable – Terrific! Now to the next question …. How to pack up a birth pool! This article is designed to assist you in navigating your way through emptying, cleaning, deflating and storing your birth pool.

How to Setup a Birth Pool - Emptying

You’ve had your baby – Congratulations! And whether or not you used your birth pool in labour you will need to pack it away. So you may be asking how to pack up a birth pool! This article is designed to assist you in navigating your way through emptying, cleaning, deflating and storing your birth pool.

What You’ll Need


Emptying Your Pool
Your pool can be drained in a variety of ways including a siphon or electric submersible water pump. If disaster strikes and it is absolutely necessary, your pool can also be emptied the really hard way, using a bucket. However we don’t recommend this as anything other than a last resort.

The hose you used to fill your pool can be used as a siphon to empty it. If you choose a submersible pump, ensure you read the manufacturer’s instructions before use. However to get you on your way, here are some general instructions.

Method A - Electric Submersible Water Pump


Method B - Siphon

Emptying the pool


Disposing of the Liner and Equipment
Once the bulk of the water has been emptied out of your pool, the liner can be used to discard all non-reusable items. This will include:


Reusing the Electric Submersible Water Pump
Re-using electric submersible water pumps is not recommended and may void your pumps’ warranty. If you plan to use your pump again do the following:


Cleaning Your Pool
Before storing your pool it needs to be cleaned.


Deflating Your Pool
It’s important to refer to the instructions that came with your pool to ensure you deflate it correctly. Generally speaking though, if you open all the valves your pool can be left to deflate naturally. Alternatively, if you wish to speed up the process:

Packup birth pool - using pump

Once the bulk of the air is removed, fold your pool to fit into its bag or box. Any remaining air will be expelled as you fold

Reusing Your Pool
Provided you have used a liner, and your pool is undamaged, it can be reused. Just remember the warranty that comes with personal use pools only covers one use. Reusing a pool when a liner has not been used is not recommended. Given the nature of construction, the risk of residual bacteria being trapped in the pool’s many seams and folds is too great.

Packed up birth pool

Whether or not a liner is available for the pool you select is therefore a major consideration if you would like to reuse your pool or offer it to friends or family.


 

 

 

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