PBB’s video on how to inflate a birth pool is part of a step-by-step series of videos we are putting together to make using a birth pool easy. Using a birth pool in labour is a fantastic tool to help you relax and reduce pain. We want to make setting up a birth pool as simple as possible, hence the creation of our setting up a birth pool series of videos. Enjoy.

Essential Steps to Inflating a Birth Pool

Here are the basic steps to take when inflating a birth pool. However, it’s important to make sure you first read the manufacturers instructions.

  1. Firstly, remove the pool from packing and warm to room temperature for 72 hours before unfolding
  2. Using an electric air pump, select the smallest valve adapter. DO NOT USE A COMPRESSOR. Compressors can damage a birth pool.
  3. Inflate the floor first.
  4. Unscrew round flange on side valve. Select the largest valve adapter on the electric air pump, inflate the pool.
  5. If your pool has rings, start inflating at the bottom ring.
  6. As soon as the pool is firm, stop the electric pump and replace side valve cover. A small amount of air will escape.
  7. Unscrew the cap of side valve. No air will escape. Use medium valve adapter on the electric pump to firm up pool.
  8. After the pool is firm, screw on the side valve cap.
  9. That’s it your ready to go


Practice set up of pool at 37 to 38 weeks of pregnancy, to help prevent any nasty surprises on your big day. Once you conduct trial inflation of your pool, leave it erected for 24 hours. You don’t want to discover, while you’re in labour, that your pool has a puncture, or you have underestimated the space required to erect it.

Where to buy?

At PBB, we sell a large range of birth pools and accessories. You can check out our range with the following links:

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