Over the past 30 years I have given a lot of thought to designing water birth pools that best serve the needs of mothers & midwives.
I’ve considered many factors such as…
- How to optimise the pool to best serve the mothers needs, support her and make her comfortable
- The physical dynamic between the mother and the pool
- Making it easy for them to get in and out of the pool
- Safeguarding midwives from risk of strain or injury
- Guaranteeing health & safety, water safety & manual handling standards
- Midwives comfort and ability to relate to mothers and fulfil their role
- Safe, practical methods for evacuating mothers in case of an emergency
One of the defining moments in the evolution of water birth pool design occurred in 1995 when I met health service ergonomist Sue Hignett.
The outcome of our research and investigation entitled “Improving birthing pool design” was published by the Chartered Institute of Ergonomic and Human Factors in 1997.
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