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Catalogue, information, videos and plans

Active Birth Pools, established in 1987, has a rich history of pioneering the development of specially designed hospital grade water birth pools.

With a focus on safety, value, and performance, Active Birth Pools has become the leading choice for midwives and hospitals worldwide.

Catalogue and Testimonials 

Client List 1987 – 2024 

Photos, Plans, 3D Models and Data Sheets

Winner – Building Better Healthcare Awards

Ethos and Values

Sustainability Report

Why Us

More information

Winner – European Design Awards !

Judges at the prestigious European Design Awards awarded first prize to the Active II/360 Water Birth Pool in the Healthcare: Safety Design Category.

European Product Design Award (ePDA) is a cutting-edge global event dedicated to elevating and promoting the art of Product Design.

The European Product Design Award™ recognises the efforts of talented international product designers who aim to improve our daily lives with their practical, well-thought-out creations.

Introducing the Active II/360 Water Birth Pool with
Bespoke Water Column: A Pinnacle of Maternity Care 

Active Birth Pools offers the Active II/360 Water Birth Pool with Bespoke Water Column, a sophisticated solution tailored for healthcare facilities striving to provide exemplary maternity care.

This advanced combination integrates a state-of-the-art water birth pool with a functional and stylish water column, epitomizing the latest in design innovation and material technology for the maternity care sector.

Advanced Development for Modern Healthcare Needs

The Active II/360 Water Birth Pool, a product of Active Birth Pools, is designed to meet the evolving demands of contemporary maternity care.

Paired with the Bespoke Water Column, this system is the result of extensive research and collaboration with healthcare professionals.

The focus has been on creating a solution that offers superior functionality, safety, and comfort, while also addressing the practical needs of both healthcare providers and mothers.

Ergonomic Design for Enhanced Experience

The Active II/360 Water Birth Pool is designed with an emphasis on ergonomic excellence and spatial efficiency.

The pool’s keyhole shape is not only visually appealing but also provides functional benefits, supporting a variety of birthing positions and movements.

The pool includes recessed hand grips and a bull-nose shaped rim for added support and safety.

The Bespoke Water Column is seamlessly integrated, offering an elegant solution for necessary plumbing and fixtures, thus enhancing the pool’s utility and aesthetic.

Superior Material Quality

Constructed from Ficore®, a proprietary composite material exclusive to Active Birth Pools, the Active II/360 offers exceptional durability, hygiene, and safety.

The material’s highly polished, ultra-smooth surface is less slippery, crucial for ensuring safety.

The Water Column, made from the same quality material, complements the pool’s design and maintains the high hygiene standards required in healthcare environments.

User-Centric Features

The Active II/360 Water Birth Pool with the Water Column includes a labour support seat, facilitating optimal birthing positioning and comfort for the mother and a rim-level safety seat for monitoring and emergency evacuations.

The pool’s design enables free movement, which is essential for the effective use of water immersion during labour.

The Water Column adds functionality as a stable support structure and a practical utility platform.

Integrated Technological Enhancements

The pool is equipped with Multi-Colour LED Lighting and Bluetooth Sound systems, enabling the creation of a personalized and soothing environment.

These features are integral in establishing a supportive atmosphere that is conducive to natural childbirth.

Sustainability and Economic Benefits

The durable design of the Active II/360 Water Birth Pool with Bespoke Water Column makes it a sustainable and economically sound choice for healthcare facilities.

Its long-term performance and reduced replacement requirements make it an efficient investment, aligning with the economic and environmental goals of modern healthcare institutions.

Global Adoption and Acclaim

The Active II/360 Water Birth Pool with Bespoke Water Column has been recognized globally for its innovative approach to maternity care.

Its adoption by healthcare facilities worldwide is a testament to its effectiveness, reliability, and commitment to advancing water birth practices.

In conclusion, the Active II/360 Water Birth Pool with Bespoke Water Column by Active Birth Pools represents a harmonious blend of advanced design, superior material technology, and thoughtful integration of user-centric features.

It stands as a strategic and innovative choice for healthcare facilities looking to provide a superior maternity care experience, offering comfort, safety, and efficiency in a comprehensive and elegant package.

Active II/360 Water Birth Pool – Data Sheet

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We’ve utilised ergonomic, evidence-based user-centred design to develop highly specialised pools for labour and birth.

It’s best to choose the largest pool that comfortably fits in your room, being sure that there’s plenty of space around the pool (minimum 80cm at the sides and 200cm at the front).

Please note: these are high definition rendered images – the pools look even better in real life!

CAD and 3D modelling plans are available upon request.

Active II Water Birth Pool – Data Sheet



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Active II/360 Water Birth Pool – Data Sheet

Venus II Water Birth Pool – Data Sheet

Venus 360 Water Birth Pool – Data Sheet

Princess II Water Birth Pool – Data Sheet

Princess II/360 Water Birth Pool – Data Sheet

Water Column – Data Sheet

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Why Us

Active Birth Pools, established in 1987, has a rich history of pioneering and revolutionizing the use of water for labor and birth.

With a focus on safety, value, and performance, Active Birth Pools has become the leading choice for midwives and hospitals worldwide.

This article delves into why Active Birth Pools stands out in the market, drawing insights from the company’s high-resolution catalog, brochure, and other valuable resources.

Superior Design and Ergonomics

Active Birth Pools has continuously evolved its designs in collaboration with midwives, mothers, obstetricians, and health and safety experts.

This collaborative approach led to the world’s first specially designed hospital-grade water birth pool.

The pools feature ergonomic designs that prioritize the comfort of both mothers and midwives.

For example, the pools offer a wide rim for midwives to rest their arms and legs comfortably, akin to sitting at a desk.

Mothers benefit from various supported positions, including sitting, kneeling, and squatting, thanks to the pool’s shaped edges.

Material Quality and Durability

The pools are crafted from Ficore®, a proprietary material with unique qualities, making them more durable, practical, and safer compared to other materials.

Ficore® pools exhibit superior heat retention, reducing heat loss to only 0.7 degrees per hour, which is highly beneficial during prolonged labor.

Additionally, the material is resistant to bacteria, cleaning agents, and harsh disinfectants, ensuring high standards of hygiene and safety.

Safety and Hygiene

Active Birth Pools’ design minimizes the risk of injuries with features like slip resistance and less slippery surfaces.

The one-piece construction of Ficore® enhances water safety and hygiene by preventing bacteria growth environments.

Also, seamless construction and smooth surfaces eliminate “dirt traps” and facilitate more effective cleaning and maintenance.

Comfort and Support

Active Birth Pools’ designs are centered around comfort and support for mothers.

The buoyancy of water in the pools supports the mother’s body weight, allowing for relaxation and ease during labor.

This buoyancy also makes it easier for mothers to adopt and shift between upright or squatting positions, which are known to be beneficial during labor.

Positive Feedback and Endorsements

The company has received numerous positive testimonials from midwives, healthcare professionals, and mothers.

These testimonials highlight the pools’ comfort, ease of use, safety, and practicality.

Such endorsements are a testament to the company’s commitment to quality and user satisfaction.

Innovative Features

Active Birth Pools has integrated modern features like multi-color LED lighting and Bluetooth sound systems in their pools.

These features create a conducive atmosphere for physiological labor and natural birth, enhancing the overall birthing experience.

Longevity and Sustainability

A significant advantage of Active Birth Pools is their durability and sustainability.

Pools made from Ficore® have a life expectancy exceeding 25 years, making them a more sustainable option compared to other water birth pools with shorter lifespans.

Conclusion

Active Birth Pools stands as a prime choice for midwives and hospitals due to its dedication to quality, safety, and innovation.

The company’s approach to ergonomic design, coupled with the use of superior materials and attention to user feedback, positions it as a leader in the water birth pool market.

With their pools, hospitals and birthing centers can offer a safer, more comfortable, and more sustainable birthing environment, leading to better outcomes for both mothers and midwives.

Active Birth Pools: Sustainability Report

Winner – Building Better Healthcare Awards

Catalogue, videos and plans

The history of water birth and development of specialised water birth pools

The history of water birth and the development of specialised water birth pools is a remarkable story of innovation and transformation in childbirth practices, driven by the insights of obstetrician Michel Odent and the design expertise of Keith Brainin.

Michel Odent’s groundbreaking work in the field of water birth began in the late 1970s at a state hospital near Paris.

Odent believed that childbirth had become overly medicalized and sought a more natural approach.

He introduced a pool in the hospital to ease the pain of labor, leading to some babies being born in the water.

Michel Odent with his pool in the maternity unit in Pithiviers, France

This innovative approach offered a more comfortable and less stressful birthing experience for mothers, with warm water helping to relax muscles, reduce stress, and enhance blood circulation.

Odent’s work demonstrated a reduction in the need for interventions like epidurals and episiotomies, aligning with many parents’ desires for a minimally invasive childbirth experience.

His observations and clinical experiences suggested that water birth provided a gentle transition for babies, mirroring the amniotic fluid environment​​.

“When asked about the history of birthing pools in hospitals, I mention the day when
Keith Brainin realised that special bath tubs might be designed
and commercialised
to meet the needs of labouring women.”   Michel Odent

1989 – Sheila Kitzinger and Ethel Burns raise money to have the first specially
designed water birth pool installed in an NHS Hospital at the John Radcliffe, Oxford

Building on Odent’s pioneering work, Keith Brainin, founder and director of Active Birth Pools, developed the world’s first specially designed water birth pools.

Starting in 1987, Brainin and his team focused on design, engineering, and manufacture to develop a water birth pool that excelled in quality, functionality, and durability.

Judges at the Building Better Healthcare Awards said that, “Active Birth Pools are the pinnacle
of water birth pool design and development – an incomparable combination of design, materials and manufacturing
” 

The Active Birth Pool was designed with ergonomic principles to support natural childbirth postures and provide comfort for the mother.

Features like extra-wide rims, integrated handrails, and specially designed labor support and safety seats were included to enhance safety and functionality.

The use of Ficore composite for construction ensured a harder, more chemical-resistant, and warm-to-the-touch surface that retains heat efficiently.

Keith Brainin with Sheena Byron and midwives in the Lotus Birth Centre, Royal London Hospital 2018

Additionally, the pools were equipped with features like chromotherapy LED lighting and Bluetooth sound systems, allowing mothers to personalize their birthing environment.

These innovations in water birth pool design have significantly contributed to the safety, comfort, and natural approach to childbirth​​.

Both Michel Odent’s clinical insights and Keith Brainin’s design innovations have played a crucial role in transforming childbirth practices, emphasizing the importance of a natural, holistic approach to labor and delivery.

Their contributions have been instrumental in making water birth a viable and increasingly popular option for expectant mothers worldwide.

The Compelling Case for Choosing Active Birth Pools

Catalogue, videos and plans

Mothers tell us that, ‘they love our water birth pools’.

Superior material results in superior safety, value and performance

Choice of material is fundamental to the success of a water birth pool.

Active Birth Pools are fabricated in Ficore® composite, a proprietary material of extraordinary properties that was developed to minimise problems associated with other materials.

Ficore composite is key to the success of our water birth pools and one of the fundamental reasons that Active Birth Pools provide end users with superior safety, extra-ordinary value and enhanced performance.

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A cross section of FICORE® composite

If you compare Ficore with Acrylic or Fibreglass you’ll notice the difference.

Ficore is a composite of eight different elements chemically fused during manufacturing, then heat cured at high temperature to create a material that is light in weight but ‘heavy’ in performance.

 Ficore® composite has many advantages:

  1. Superior heat retention
  2. Much higher degree of strength and durability
  3. Less slippery
  4. More tactile
  5. Warm to the touch
  6. Easily repaired if damaged
  7. More resistant to bacteria

Warm to the touch

You’ll notice a significant difference in temperature between Ficore  and the other materials.

Ficore is warmer due to the fact that it is composite resin that is much denser than acrylic and fibreglass.

Due to Ficore’s high insulation factor and double-wall construction Active Birth Pools maintain water temperature up to 7 x longer.

Structural and engineering advantages

If you hold two equivalent size samples of commonly used material in your hands and compared them you’d notice that the sample of Ficore is heavier, harder and much more rigid.

The surface of Ficore is isophthalic neo-pentyl-glycol that is 50% harder (stronger) than the materials other birth pools are made from.

Active Birth Pools fabricated in Ficore have an extremely high degree of structural integrity and will not flex, buckle, bow, or change shape under pressure.

Ficore’s unique qualities allow us to manufacture intricately shaped pools that fully serve the needs of mothers and midwives.

Extremely smooth and tactile 

The finish of our pools is highly polished, ultra-smooth, tactile and very pleasant to touch.

This makes them more appealing physically and approachable psychologically which  helps mothers relax and feel more at ease.

Incredibly high adhesion factor

When we talk about adhesion factor we are referring to slip resistance.

Run your fingers across the surface of an Active Birth Pool and you’ll immediately be impressed with how ‘sticky’ it is.

Compared to other materials Ficore® has a significantly higher adhesion factor.

Given the circumstances and environment this gives our water birth pools a crucial advantage.

Durability

Ficore is more impervious to damage than other bath materials.

However, if it is damaged, it can be completely repaired as new – unlike many alternative materials.

Ficore is able to withstand both continuous heat or hot water and thermal shock of alternating hot and cold water.

An Active Birth Pool manufactured in Ficore meets or exceeds all relevant regulations and will withstand the rigours of heavy hospital use and disinfection with caustic chemicals.

Ficore® composite data and specification

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Active Birth Pools: Ethos and Values Statement

Active Birth Pools, established in 1987, has played a pioneering role in the use of water for labour and birth.

Their values and approach can be comprehensively understood by examining various aspects of their operations and products.

Innovation and Pioneering Spirit:

Active Birth Pools helped pioneer the use of water in labour and birth, working closely with midwives, mothers, obstetricians, and experts in infection control and manual handling.

This collaborative approach led to the development of the world’s first specially designed hospital-grade water birth pool, demonstrating their commitment to innovation and improvement in maternity care​​​​.

Safety, Value, and Performance:

The company emphasizes these core principles in their products.

They focus on producing birthing pools that are safe, offer great value, and perform exceptionally.

This focus is evident in their use of specialized materials like Ficore®, a proprietary material known for its durability, practicality, and safety features.

Ficore® pools, for example, retain heat efficiently and are resistant to bacteria and harsh disinfectants, ensuring high standards of hygiene​​​​​​.

Ergonomic Design:

Active Birth Pools employs evidence-based, user-centred ergonomic design principles.

Their pools are crafted to meet the comfort needs of both mothers and midwives, featuring designs that support various positions like sitting, kneeling, and squatting.

The wide rims of the pools allow midwives to rest comfortably, akin to sitting at a desk, which showcases their consideration for both the users’ comfort and practicality​​.

Customer Feedback and Endorsements:

The company values customer feedback and has received numerous positive testimonials from healthcare professionals and mothers.

These testimonials often highlight the comfort, ease of use, safety, and practicality of the pools, reflecting the company’s dedication to quality and user satisfaction​​.

Build Quality and Guarantee:

Active Birth Pools are hand-made to order in England by highly skilled craftsmen who take great pride in their work and are dedicated to excellence.

Active Birth Pools offers a lifetime guarantee on their water birth pools, which reflects their commitment to quality and durability.

This lifetime guarantee is a testament to the trust the company places in its design, materials and manufacturing processes.

Sustainability and Longevity:

Active Birth Pools places importance on sustainability.

Their pools have a life expectancy exceeding 25 years, making them a sustainable choice in comparison to other birthing pools with shorter lifespans.

This longevity not only provides value for money but also aligns with environmental sustainability principles​​.

Global Reach and Experience:

With a history spanning several decades, Active Birth Pools has supplied thousands of water birth pools worldwide.

Their extensive experience and knowledge in the field have made them a leading choice for hospitals and midwives globally.

This worldwide reach underlines their commitment to improving maternity care on a global scale​​.

In summary, Active Birth Pools’ values are centred around innovation, safety, ergonomic design, customer satisfaction, sustainability, and a global perspective in improving maternity care.

These values have guided their operations and product development, positioning them as a leader in the water birth pool market.

Winner – Building Better Healthcare Awards

 

Catalogue, videos and plans

 

We’re uniquely qualified to be of service

We’ve been dedicated to designing highly specialised pools for labour and birth since 1987.

We helped pioneer the use of water for labour and birth by providing the pools that made this revolution in maternity care possible.

We’ve achieved success by keeping things simple and focusing on our core principles of Safety, Value and Performance.

A passion for excellence and commitment to supporting midwives and helping mothers have a better experience of labour and birth defines our approach.

We’ve supplied 1,000’s of pools over the past 35 years and worked with end-users, specialists and manufacturers to develop and improve our capabilities.

Our unrivalled knowledge and wealth of experience enable us to provide water birth pools that minimise risk, optimise results and maximise value.

Mothers and midwives love our water birth pools.

Mothers benefit from complete freedom of movement and unparalleled comfort and support .

Midwives report better results, and say that our pools are fabulous and a pleasure to use.

Buyers like the fact that they’re the safest on the market, built to last for decades and guaranteed for life.

We have achieved success by caring about every detail and keeping things simple.

The combination of highly specialised design and superior materials make Active Birth Pools the No.1 choice world-wide.

Our pools are packed in sturdy wooden crates in accordance with international shipping regulations and always arrive in perfect condition.
Over the decades we have developed the ability to provide first class after sales service world-wide.
Our plumbing and lighting systems utilise components that are familiar to electricians and plumbers world-wide.
We guarantee that you will be delighted with your birthing pool and appreciate the support and service that we provide.
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Applying Steve Jobs Design Principles to Active Birth Pools

Embracing Simplicity and Excellence in Birthing Pool Design

The legacy of Steve Jobs, particularly his emphasis on simplicity and attention to detail in design, provides a fascinating lens through which to view the design and functionality of Active Birth Pools.

Jobs’ principles, known for shaping revolutionary Apple products, can also illuminate the excellence of Active Birth Pools’ design and their impact on the birthing experience.

Craftsmanship and Detail: The Apple of Birthing Pools

Active Birth Pools’ commitment to high-quality craftsmanship mirrors Steve Jobs’ insistence on exceptional craft in design.

Each pool, handcrafted by skilled artisans in England, exemplifies the meticulous attention to detail that Jobs championed.

This dedication ensures every aspect of the product meets the highest standards, reflecting Jobs’ belief in the importance of even the unseen details​​​​.

Intuitive Simplicity: Design That Understands Its Users

Like Apple’s products, Active Birth Pools are designed with simplicity and intuitiveness in mind.

The pools focus on essential features needed for a safe and comfortable birthing experience, without unnecessary complications.

This approach aligns with Jobs’ philosophy of creating user-friendly designs that are both practical and easy to use, ensuring a smooth experience for mothers and healthcare providers alike​​​​.

Ergonomics and Comfort: A Friendly Approach

The ergonomic design of Active Birth Pools, prioritizing the comfort of both mothers and midwives, resonates with Jobs’ principle of creating products that are friendly and empathetic to user needs.

The pools offer various supported positions, ensuring a comfortable experience, much like Apple products are designed for ease of use and user comfort​​​​.

Innovative Materials: Pushing Boundaries in Design

Active Birth Pools’ use of Ficore®, a unique composite material, for durability and performance reflects Jobs’ focus on innovative materials.

This choice enhances both the aesthetic and functional aspects of the pools, illustrating Jobs’ principle of using high-quality materials to improve product functionality and longevity​​​​.

Safety and Hygiene: A Core Priority

Safety and hygiene are paramount in the design of Active Birth Pools, aligning with Jobs’ emphasis on creating reliable and practical products.

Features like slip resistance and seamless construction ensure the pools are not only aesthetically pleasing but also safe and hygienic, crucial for the healthcare environment​​.

Modern Features: Enhancing Experience with Technology

The integration of modern features like LED lighting and Bluetooth sound systems in Active Birth Pools showcases a balanced use of technology, similar to Jobs’ approach.

These features enhance the birthing experience without overwhelming it, embodying Jobs’ vision of technology as a complement to user experience, not a complication​​​​.

Sustainable Design: Built to Last

The durability and long life expectancy of Active Birth Pools reflect a sustainable approach to design, resonating with Jobs’ principle of creating timeless products.

Their pools are designed to last over 25 years, making them a sustainable choice in the healthcare industry​​.

In conclusion, the design and functionality of Active Birth Pools can be beautifully understood through the lens of Steve Jobs’ design principles.

The focus on craftsmanship, simplicity, ergonomic comfort, innovative materials, safety, integration of modern features, and sustainability, all reflect Jobs’ iconic design philosophy, making Active Birth Pools a leading choice in maternity care.

Freedom of Movement video hits 12,000,00 views on YouTube!

This short video with over 12,000,000 views shows that mothers have room to move freely in the postures natural to labour and birth.

How they instinctively relate to our water birth pools and move naturally to find the most comfortable and beneficial positions.

Freedom of movement combined with the relaxing effects of warm water enhance the release of oxytocin which significantly increases the likelihood for mothers to experience physiological labour and natural birth.

Winner – Building Better Healthcare Awards

At the ‘Building Better Healthcare’ awards ceremony the Active Birth Pool was highly commended in the award for best internal building product.

In their comments the judges praised the quality of  our design and manufacturing process and went on to say that they found the Active Birth Pool very appealing.

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All aspects of design, engineering and manufacture were focused on develop a water birth pool of unparalleled beauty, quality, functionality and durability that is backed by an extraordinary life-time year guarantee.

Foremost consideration was given to how mothers and midwives relate to and interact with the pool employing ergonomic principles to design for the interaction and dynamic at play.

Mothers have the space to move freely and comfortably and are supported in the postures natural to a physiological labour and birth.

The “signature” extra-wide rims with broad “bull-nosed” shaped edges flowing into the skirting panel and down to the floor are an important feature of the Active Birth Pool that sets it apart.

The wide flat rim allows mothers to lean forward, resting on their forearms in comfort – one of the most natural and effective positions during labour.

It provides secure, safe, stable support for women to enter and leave the pool and for midwives and partners to lean or rest on while attending the mother.

The handrails, which are set into the profile of the rim, provide perfect support for the mother in upright positions.

The critical issue of emergency evacuation has been resolved by incorporating features into the pool to give midwives several options for evacuating the mother that are in compliance with Health & Safety and Manual Handling regulations.

The Labour Support and Safety Seats are distinguishing features of the Active Birth Pool

1) This physiologically designed labour support seat has proven to help the mother’s pelvis and birth canal open in preparation for a natural, physiological birth.

2) The distinctive rim level safety seat provides a wide comfortable platform for the mother to lean on, a safe means for emergency evacuation and is ideal for midwives to monitor the mother without her having to stand up or leave the pool.

The unique seamless one-piece construction incorporates a deeply sculpted concave skirting panel to allow midwives to work in comfort with their legs well under the pool.

The new Active Birth Pool is fabricated in Ficore® composite, a proprietary material that was specially developed for baths and designed to negate the risk of problems associated with other materials.

Ficore is 50% harder than acrylic and fibreglass (which other birth pools are made from) and highly resistant to chemicals.

Despite the rigidity and hardness of the surface it is extremely smooth, tactile and warm to the touch.

Its high insulation factor enables the Active Birth Pool to maintain its temperature up to six times longer than standard acrylic or fibreglass birth pools.

To help mothers control, define and personalise the delivery room, the Active Birth Pool is equipped with multi-colour chromotherapy LED lighting and integral bluetooth sound.

Our ingenious Integral Bluetooth Sound System allows the mother to wirelessly connect her phone and listen to the music of her choice.

Two integral speakers turn the birth pool into a highly refined audio loudspeaker.

When you examine the new Active Birth Pool you’ll immediately notice the superior finish and signature design elements.

Look a little closer and the quality of the components such as the drainage system, the support structure that underpins the pool, the fittings on the access panel, the lighting system, handrails and metal work becomes apparent.

If you are looking for a water birth pool to install in a maternity unit the incomparable new Active Birth Pool should be your first choice.

Handmade and custom built to order by a team who together have over 95 years experience in the design and production of high-end baths the new Active Birth Pool will provide decades of service and be an invaluable aid to mothers who want to have a natural birth.

The Active Birth Pool conforms to regulations issued by the Department of Health and the guidelines set forth in the Water Birth Safety Initiative.

Introducing the Active II Water Birth Pool: Enhancing Maternity Care with Advanced Design

Introducing the Active II/360 Water Birth Pool with Bespoke Water Column: A Pinnacle of Maternity Care Innovation

Note: this article taken from “Building Better Healthcare” magazine – November 2015

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Safety First

When it comes to water birth pools there is nothing more important then safety.

There are important manual handling, water safety and infection control issues that must be considered and taken into account.

There are water birth pools available that meet the accepted regulatory guidelines, but unfortunately many water birth pools on the market fail to meet these requirements.

These water birth pools are equipped with features that at first might seem safe or even an advantage, but in reality present risks!

When we started in 1987  we knew that no matter how beneficial water birth pools were, if health and safety risks could not be overcome the use of water for labour and birth would not be a reality

Our abiding interest and unparalleled experience over the past 36 years qualifies us as one of the world’s leading experts on the Health & Safety issues that affect water birth facilities.

To find about these safety issues and how we’ve resolved them see below:

Active Birth Pools: Water Safety and Infection Control

Active Birth Pools: Manual Handling

Ficore® composite – an extraordinary material

It’s easy for mothers to get into our pools

Dealing with emergencies

Water Birth Safety Initiative

Cleaning and Care

Active Birth Pools: Sustainability Report

Since its establishment in 1987, Active Birth Pools has been at the forefront of designing and supplying water birth pools.

Our commitment to ergonomic, safe, and high-quality birthing pools has made us a preferred choice for healthcare facilities globally.

Sustainable Materials and Production

Active Birth Pools emphasize sustainability through our use of Ficore® composite, a material known for its longevity, durability, and resistance to chemicals and bacteria.

With a life expectancy of over 25 years, it surpasses the durability of materials typically used in birthing pool manufacturing.

The pools are handcrafted in England by skilled craftsmen, ensuring reduced carbon footprint and support for local employment.

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Midwives at the Royal Berkshire Hospital celebrate the 25th anniversary of their water birth facility.
This early model supplied in 1992 is still going strong.

Product Sustainability

The design of Active Birth Pools focuses on durability and longevity, aiming to reduce waste and resource use over time.

The high insulation factor of Ficore® and the double-wall construction ensure better heat retention, reducing energy consumption for maintaining water temperature.

Ergonomic and User-Centered Design

In collaboration with midwives, obstetricians, and ergonomics experts, we have developed designs that cater to the comfort of mothers and healthcare professionals.

This approach aligns with human-centered design principles and contributes to the wellbeing and safety of users, enhancing the overall birthing experience.

Midwives at the `Bronte Birth Centre celebrate the opening of their water birth facility in their new Venus Pool

Economic Benefits

Active Birth Pools are cost-effective for healthcare facilities due to their durability and low maintenance needs.

They also contribute to reduced hospital stays and interventions, leading to economic savings for healthcare systems.

Social Responsibility

Safety and customer satisfaction are paramount in the design of these pools, addressing the needs of mothers, babies, and healthcare workers.

The positive feedback from a global clientele underscores the our commitment to quality and safety.

Conclusion

Active Birth Pools showcase a deep commitment to sustainability with their durable materials, ergonomic designs, and efficient production practices.

Our approach benefits the environment and promotes economic and social sustainability in healthcare.

The pools are guaranteed for life, outperforming others in the market in terms of safety, hygiene, and user satisfaction.

They are built to last for decades, saving up to £20,000 over the pool’s life due to their extended lifespan and reduced maintenance and energy costs.

Active Birth Pools not only offer financial savings but also reduce environmental impact through less waste and efficient use of resources.

They have become a favored choice in maternity units, often influencing mothers’ choice of facility.

Midwives praise the pools for their comfort and safety, and hospitals report that mothers using these pools experience easier, more straightforward births, leading to reduced hospital stays and further economic and environmental savings.

In summary, Active Birth Pools stand out as the most sustainable option in the market, significantly contributing to the normalisation and empowerment of the birthing process.

Water Birth Pools: A Win-Win Solution for Hospitals

Why Active Birth Pools are the No. 1 choice world-wide

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Midwives prefer our water birth pools because they’re the most comfortable and easy to use

While the importance of designing water birth pools for mothers is evident, the importance of designing for midwives is paramount.

Mothers may use the pools a few times but midwives use them continually.

Midwives tell us that our water birth pools are the most comfortable and easy-to-use.

They appreciate the fact that they are safeguarded from risk of injury and benefit from the unparalleled level of comfort and support they receive.

Midwives report better results, and say that our pools are fabulous and a pleasure to use.

And that is why given a choice, midwives prefer Active Birth Pools.

In 1995 we worked with Health Service Ergonomist Sue Hignett and the midwives at Nottingham City Hospital to look at ways in which the design of our water birth pools could be improved.

We discovered that our pools could be made dramatically safer, more comfortable and user-friendly.

The results appear in this article, “Improving Birthing Pool Design” published in the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors.

If you look at our birthing pools from the early 1990’s (above) you’ll immediately notice the vertical skirting panels and narrow rims.

The problem is that midwives cannot sit in comfort, close to the mother.

The pool becomes and obstacle between the mother and the midwife.

Midwives are forced to sit away from the pool with their legs splayed apart to make room and then lean forward.

This creates the ideal physical dynamic that causes lower back pain (a common complaint from midwives attending water births).

To make matters worse, the narrow rims are not comfortable for resting on as pressure is concentrated in a small area of the forearm.

The photos above show how with our water birth pools midwives can sit close to the mother in complete comfort.

The concave skirting panel is contoured to the shape of the pool which gives midwives plenty of room under rim for their legs.

She sits with her arms resting on the extra-wide bull-nosed shape rim just like you would at a desk or table.

Furthermore – the rim is not obstructed with taps and fittings which enables midwives to easily move around the circumference of the pool as need be.

Partners play a important role in labour and birth.

Our pools allow couples to get close and be intimate without the need for the partner to get in the water.

This support (both physical and psychological) can make all the difference in helping mothers experience a physiological labour and natural birth.

Active Birth Pools give midwives safe, practical options for facilitating emergency evacuations – with or without a hoist.

Monitoring can be easily performed without the mother having to leave the pool

Mothers can easily get into our pools without climbing up large, cumbersome step units which put both mothers and midwives at risk.

It’s easy for mothers to get into our pools

Dealing with emergencies

Active Birth Pools from a mothers perspective

After 37 Years, We Like to Think That We’ve Got It Right: The Active Birth Pools Story

In the ever-evolving world of maternal healthcare, few innovations have stood the test of time as impressively as Active Birth Pools.

For 37 years, this pioneering company has not just existed but thrived, providing expecting mothers with an empowering choice for their birthing experience.

The journey of Active Birth Pools, documented at www.activebirthpools.com, is a testament to the enduring value of comfort, safety, and a natural approach in childbirth.

The Genesis of a Revolution

Active Birth Pools was born out of a simple yet profound idea: to make water births more accessible and comfortable for women.

In the early days, the concept of a water birth was revolutionary.

Founder and director, Keith Brainin saw the potential of water to provide a soothing, natural environment for childbirth after hearing Michel Odent speak about the benefits of water for labour and birth in the mid 80’s.

He envisioned a scenario where the stress and discomfort of labour could be alleviated, if not transformed, into a more positive experience.

Crafting Excellence

Over the years, Active Birth Pools has focused on refining their designs to meet the evolving needs of mothers and healthcare providers.

Their pools are not mere containers of water; they are carefully crafted spaces designed to offer comfort, safety, and ease of use.

The company has always placed a premium on the quality of materials, ensuring that each pool is not only aesthetically pleasing but also durable and hygienic.

The ergonomic design of the pools, with features like contoured seating, extra-wide rounded rims and cut-away surrounds showcases an understanding of the physical demands of labour for both mothers and midwives

This attention to detail is what makes Active Birth Pools stand out in the market.

Embracing Innovation

Staying relevant for over three decades in any industry requires a knack for innovation, and Active Birth Pools has demonstrated this repeatedly.

By integrating feedback from midwives, healthcare professionals, and mothers, the company has continuously improved its products.

Innovations in user centred ergonomic design, superior materials and bespoke manufacturing methods are just a few examples of how Active Birth Pools has adapted to changing times and needs.

The Impact on Maternal Health

The success of Active Birth Pools can be measured not just in its longevity but also in its impact on maternal health practices.

The concept of water birth has gained significant traction, backed by research suggesting benefits like reduced pain, lower chances of episiotomy, and a more satisfying birth experience for mothers.

Active Birth Pools has been instrumental in bringing this choice into mainstream birthing practices.

A Vision for the Future

As Active Birth Pools looks to the future, their commitment to improving maternal health remains unwavering. T

The company continues to advocate for water birth as a viable and beneficial option for childbirth.

With a legacy of 37 years, Active Birth Pools stands as a beacon of innovation and quality in the world of maternal healthcare.

After 37 years in the business, Active Birth Pools indeed seems to have gotten it right.

By combining a passion for maternal health with a commitment to quality and innovation, they have created a product that has positively impacted the lives of countless mothers and babies.

The story of Active Birth Pools is one of success, not just in business, but in contributing to a more positive and natural childbirth experience.

Ficore® composite – the amazing material that makes our pools outstanding in every way

Water birth pools made from Ficore composite offer a range of benefits over those made from traditional materials like fibreglass or acrylic.

Ficore composite is a proprietary material exclusive to Active Birth pools that is  designed to enhance the performance and safety of water birth pools, bringing together a unique set of properties that address the specific needs of birthing environments.

Heat Retention and Comfort:

Ficore composite has superior heat retention capabilities, which means water in a Ficore pool maintains its temperature up to seven times longer than pools made from other materials.

This is not only more comfortable for the mother but also reduces the need for additional heating, making the birthing process more energy-efficient​​.

Strength, Durability, and Safety:

Ficore is considerably stronger and more durable than both acrylic and fiberglass.

Its surface is 50% harder, providing a high degree of structural integrity that prevents flexing, buckling, bowing, or shape changes under pressure.

This ensures the pool can withstand heavy use, especially important in hospital settings where pools are used frequently​​​​ and exposed to harsh cleaning and disinfection regimes.

Hygienic and Easy to Clean:

The material’s non-porous nature makes it less susceptible to bacteria and easier to clean, an essential factor in preventing infections in a birthing environment.

Additionally, Ficore’s unique properties allow for intricate shapes that fully serve the needs of mothers and midwives, including features that aid in hygiene and infection control, like integrated handrails and smooth surfaces without crevices where bacteria can hide​​​​.

Tactile and Slip-Resistant:

Ficore pools are designed to be tactile and warm to the touch, providing a comforting and secure environment for the mother.

The material’s high adhesion factor reduces the risk of slipping, making it safer for both the mother and healthcare providers during the birthing process​​.

Award-Winning Design and Functionality:

The design and functionality of Ficore water birth pools have been recognised with awards, highlighting their quality, beauty, and innovative features.

These pools provide mothers with the space to move freely and comfortably, supporting natural birthing positions.

The ergonomic design, including wide, comfortable rims and integrated safety seats, enhances the birthing experience for both the mother and attending healthcare professionals​​.

In conclusion, water birth pools made from Ficore composite offer unparalleled benefits in terms of comfort, safety, hygiene, and durability compared to traditional materials like fibreglass and acrylic.

These advantages make Active Birth Pools a superior choice for birthing environments, providing a safer, more comfortable, and more hygienic option for water births.

Superior material results in superior safety, value and performance

Winner – Building Better Healthcare Awards

Winner – European Design Awards !

Mothers simply tell us that they love our water birth pools

We’ve spent decades observing the way that mothers move in our pools and considered how to best serve their needs.

Our passion for excellence has led us to study ergonomic design theory and to work closely with mothers, midwives, health and safety and manual handling experts.

This has enabled us to design water birth pools that are incredibly comfortable, practical and easy-to-use.

Mothers simply tell us that, ‘they love our pools’.

They are actively encouraged to move freely and naturally.

They instinctively interact with the pool and find comfort and support wherever they are.

They benefit from complete freedom of movement and unparalleled comfort and therefore have better births.

Freedom of movement combined with the relaxing effects of warm water and release of oxytocin significantly increases the possibility of physiological labour and birth.

Active Birth Pools provide optimum support for mothers in the range of upright positions natural to labour and birth.

The can hold onto the recessed handgrips or use the wrap around, bullnose-shape rim for support as the they move around the pool to explore and find the most beneficial upright positions.

Features such as the Labour Support Seat, Safety Seat and Lumbar Support create additional possibilities for mothers to explore and find the most comfortable and beneficial positions.

Ficore composite, the extra-ordinary material that we use to fabricate our pools has a highly polished, ultra-smooth finish that is less slippery, tactile and warm-to-the-touch.

This makes our pools more appealing physically and approachable psychologically which helps mothers relax and feel more at ease.

The unique properties of Ficore combine with the curvaceous forms and design elements to make Active Birth Pools the most comfortable water birth pools on the market.

The design of our pools allows partners to sit in comfort and get really close to the mother.

The intimacy that couples experience with our pools is unique. No other pools allow partners to be so close without actually getting in the water.

The support thats provided both physically and emotionally has many benefits, and is key to helping mothers cope with pain and progress to experiencing physiological labour and natural birth.

All women no matter what their shape or size will find it exceptionally easy to get into our pools.

The distinctive extra-wide, bull-nosed shaped rim is relatively low making it perfect for mothers to sit on and gently swivel into the water.

Mothers don’t even think about it – they move instinctively and naturally lower themselves into the water.

There is no climbing – mothers are grounded at all times and safeguarded from risk.

When comparing Active Birth Pools with others on the market we refer to an excerpt from ‘The Clock, the Bed, the Chair’, an article that childbirth author and activist Sheila Kitzinger published in 2003:

“Even a recent innovation, the birth pool, does not always permit free movement.

In theory, a pool allows a woman, supported by water, to move unencumbered. Or so it might be thought.

Though published research often refers to mobility as an advantage of being in a pool, some pools are elaborate constructions with seats, handgrips and foot-rests, and movement in them is restricted.”

The pool dictates the position the mother should be in by placing her in a semi-recumbent posture with hand holds and foot rests to fix the arms and legs.

Mothers are positioned in the classic lying back with legs wide-open position but happen to be immersed in water.

The seats in these water birth pools are typically tilted backwards.

The mother is immobilised in a position with her pelvis tilted upwards resulting in her  pelvic outlet being up to 30% smaller.

This puts pressure on the sacrum which flexes upward, into a curved position that restricts the diameter of the pelvic outlet inhibiting the baby’s descent.

The birth canal is placed in an “uphill” orientation, forcing the mother to push upward against gravity to give birth to her  baby.

These seats and moulded fittings greatly reduce the space the mother has to move in and restricts her ability to use the positions most beneficial.

The benefits of labouring in water are largely negated.

The possibility of a physiological labour and natural birth is greatly reduced.”

Sheila Kitzinger MBE (29 March 1929 – 11 April 2015) was a British natural childbirth activist and author on childbirth and pregnancy.

She wrote more than 20 books and had a worldwide reputation as a passionate and committed advocate for change.

Sheila was a big fan Active Birth Pools – in fact her granddaughter was born at home in one of our water birth pools!

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Freedom of Movement – a YouTube Sensation!

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Active Birth Pools: Manual Handling

There are manual handling issues and risks associated with water birth pools that affect both mothers and midwives.

Most of the risks stem from the design and equipping of the water birth pools themselves and this is where this article will focus.

These issues concern rim mounted fixtures and fittings, emergency evacuations, midwives comfort and support, and mothers getting in and out of the pool.

If you look at our birthing pools from the early 1990’s (above) you’ll notice the vertical skirting panels and narrow rims.

This design has serious manual handling issues which we resolved in 1995 with the help of Health Service Ergonomist Sue Hignett and the midwives at Nottingham City Hospital.

The problem is that the pool forms an obstacle between the mother and the midwife. Midwives are not supported or safeguarded and cannot sit closely to the mother in comfort.

They are forced to sit away from the pool with their legs splayed apart and then lean forward to be closer to the mother.

This creates the ideal physical dynamic that causes lower back pain (a common complaint from midwives attending water births).

In addition, the narrow rims are not comfortable for resting on as pressure is concentrated in a small area of the forearm.

To make matters worse these birthing pools:

–  make it more difficult for mothers to get into the pool necessitating  the need for large step units which put both mothers and midwives at risk.

– and more difficult for midwives to facilitate emergency evacuations.

The photo above tells a completely different story and clearly demonstrates why midwives say that our water birth pools are the most comfortable and user-friendly.

The concave skirting panel is contoured to the shape of the pool to maximise space under the rim.

The extra-wide rim has a bull-nosed shape edge for added comfort and support.

Midwives sit, fully supported in comfort with their legs well under the pool and forearms resting gently on the broad rim.

The unobstructed rim allows the midwives to move easily around the circumference of the pool.

Getting into the pool

The simple act of getting into the pool is one of the most misunderstood aspects relating to the use water birth pools.

The truth is that multi-step units are dangerous and in the case of Active Birth Pools unnecessary as the photos below clearly demonstrate.

With the help of Manual Handling  and Ergonomic Design  experts we designed a simple, safe way for mothers to get into our pools.

The distinctive extra-wide, bull-nosed shaped rim is relatively low making it perfect for mothers to sit on and gently swivel into the water.

There is no climbing – mothers are grounded at all times and safeguarded from risk.

All women no matter what their shape or size will find it exceptionally easy to get into our pools.

Mothers don’t even think about it – they move instinctively and naturally lower themselves into the water.

And midwives will be safeguarded from the risk associated with physically supporting mothers as they climbs up the steps.

To put this in perspective:

The average height of our pools is 75cm – about the same height as a desk or dining table.

Our 15cm high single step makes the height of the pool  60cm – the same height as an ordinary bathtub.

You don’t need a big step unit to get into your bath at home, do you?

Emergency Evacuations

Active Birth Pools give midwives safe, practical options for dealing with emergencies.

The extra-wide rim and internal seats of our pools allow midwives to facilitate emergency evacuations in a way that is birth practical and safe.

Midwives can situate the mother an internal seat and gently raise her with the help of the buoyancy that water provides up to the rim and onto a trolley.

Or, use a net that is specifically designed for this purpose.

Manual Handling advisors may insist that women are evacuated from the birth pool with a hoist and that this facility is provided for.

Active Birth Pools are the only pools on the market designed to accommodate portable hoists should the need arise.

For full details about how Active Birth Pools enable midwives to facilitate safe emergency evacuations including protocols from NHS Hospitals please go to this page.

Rim Mounted Fixtures and Fittings

Many water birth pools have an array of rim mounted fixtures and fittings including taps, spouts, handheld showers and hand grips (similar to those shown on the whirlpool bath below).

Not only do these fittings present an unacceptable infection control risk, but a signifiant health & safety and manual handling risk as well.

They form an obstruction that denies midwives freedom of movement and unencumbered access around the perimeter of the pool.

Most importantly there is a considerable risk of mothers hitting their head on the spout or injuring themselves on the protruding metal work.

If you look at our new Venus II Water Birth Pool (above) you’ll notice how the rim is free of potentially dangerous fixtures and fittings.

The handgrips are set into a recess in line with the rim and bonded into the fabric of the pool to deny bacteria the environment they need to grow.

The taps are mounted on an IPS panel with the spout 25cm above the rim of the pool

The distinctive ‘keyhole’ shape channel at the back of the pool contains the plumbing making it impossible for the mother to hit her head on the spout.

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Active Birth Pools: Water Safety, Hygiene and Infection Control

When it comes to the creation and care of water birth facilities nothing is more important then Health and Safety.

Micro-organisms breed freely in warm moist environments and must be prevented from propagating.

The potential for water birth pools to be both a habitat and a delivery medium for harmful bacteria such as Pseudomonas and Legionella is well known.

We completely understand this and engineered our water birth pools to optimise safety, negate risk and deliver safer birthing environments.

Seamless one-piece construction in Ficore combined with the minimum of fittings result in water birth pools of unparalleled hygiene and water safety.

Active Birth Pools are fabricated from proprietary material with unique qualities called Ficore®  composite.

Ficore has much higher degree of strength, durability and resistance to bacteria when compared to fibreglass or acrylic.

Seamless, one-piece construction in Ficore® improves hygiene by denying bacteria the environment to grow.

The ultra-hard surface makes our water birth pools easier to clean and more resistant to bacteria.

With Health Department Regulations as a guideline we have utilised intelligent design and a range of innovations to negate risk and maximise water safety.

In addition to the advantages that Ficore give our pools from a material perspective we need to look at the advantages it provides from an engineering and manufacturing perspective.

Ficore’s unique properties allow us to design our pools with flowing, organic forms that improve hygiene by facilitating more effective cleaning.

The super smooth finish and flowing contours optimise drainage and eliminate “dirt traps”.

Active Birth Pools: Fittings and Fittings

Hand grips

Our stainless steel hand grips, supplied by renown brassware manufacturer Samuel Heath are bonded directly into the pool

They are not surface mounted like on other birthing pools.

The bar is solidly sealed into the fabric of the pool with Ficore.

There are no gaps – there is no movement.

This make it impossible for moisture penetrate and for bacteria to breed


Drainage System

Our drainage is purpose designed and manufactured to the highest standards.

It has been a subject of interest of numerous investigations by infection control specialists, all of them who came back to use to give their approval.

The waste sits in a recess and is double sealed in with silicone for a water tight, bacteria resistant seal.

The stainless steel fittings are made from solid brass and won’t be damaged from use of of chlorides and other disinfectants.

The plug can be taken out and soaked in hypochlorite in between births.

The rim mounted control wheel can be easily removed for cleaning.

Multi-Colour LED Underwater Lighting

The internal light fitting fits flush to the sidewall, has a stainless steel bezel and is sealed in with silicone.

Due to the fact that the fittings are water tights and vertically mounted water cannot penetrate or build up.

The control switch on the rim is is also water tight and fully sealed.

Taps and Showers

We do not supply taps but recommend 3/4″ thermostatic bath or bath/shower mixers like the Rada T3.

Taps are never mounted on the rim but on the wall or water column as shown above.

Spouts should be 25cm above the rim to prevent contact from pool water and to protect the mother from hitting her head.

Handheld showers are very useful for cleaning the pool but must be detachable so they can be removed while the pool is in use.

The Water Column

Freestanding water birth pools are becoming increasingly popular.

These installations typically present significant water safety and hygiene risks as rim mounted plumbing and fixtures provides the perfect breeding ground for micro-organisms to thrive.

For wall mounted installations the thermostatic taps, spout, handheld shower and grab rail are fixed to an IPS Panel in accordance with health department regulations.

For freestanding birthing pools a solution needed to be found.

To solve this problem we developed the Water Column – a bespoke design concept that separates the plumbing from the pool to optimise hygiene and water safety and provide crucial support for mothers and midwives.

It’s highly utilitarian, sleek ergonomic design complements the look and usability of our pools .

Unsafe Fittings and Features Commonly Found on Water Birth Pools

Because they are mounted on the pool, close to the water the potential for pool mounted fixtures and fittings to become contaminated with bacteria and cross infect is greatly increased.

This whirlpool bath clearly shows a large number of unsafe fittings and systems as applied to water birth pools.
Note the overflow drain, recirculating water system, Swan neck tap, integral shower, rim mounted plumbing and controls

There are other manufacturers who produce water birth pools that are safe but, many water birth pools are equipped with features that at first might seem safe or even an advantage, but in reality present risks or breach regulations.

These water birth pools (mainly produced in Europe) are over engineered and equipped with a profusion of fittings and features that put mothers and midwives at risk.

Please note: the images of fittings and features shown in this section are for illustrative purposes and do not show actual birthing pools.

Rim Mounted Taps and Spouts

Rim mounted taps, spouts and showers are one the biggest Health and Safety risks

These fittings present a serious infection control risk as the space between the surface of the pool and the fitting is a suitable breeding ground for bacteria.

Remember – bacteria are microscopic – even though the fitting may appear flush to the surface of the pool there is space for micro-organisms to establish themselves.

The risk that bacteria will propagate in the moisture between the plate and the rim is unacceptable.

There is also a risk that rim mounted taps could be contaminated with water from the pool and flow back into the tap.

There is the potential for back contamination of the tap, with bacterial colonisation into the system in contravention of water fitting regulations

Taps and spouts for water birth pools should be wall mounted 25cm above the pool and fitted with backflow protection.

There is also a significant risk that mothers could seriously hurt themselves by hitting their heads on these taps.

Swan Neck Taps

Swan neck taps are often seen mounted on the rims of water birth pools. Though attractive this type of tap presents a significant infection control risk.

Swan neck taps retain larger volumes of water which then stagnates and HFN 30 and HPSC recommends that swan-neck taps should not be used.

This is because they do not empty after use and could be prone to microbial biofouling with microorganisms including Legionella and P. aeruginosa the latter of which was associated with a swan neck tap during the neonatal outbreak in Northern Ireland  (HPSC, 2015).

Surface Mounted Hand Grips (internal and rim mounted)

Surface mounted handgrips are a serious infection control and manual handling risk.

Some water birth pools feature surface mounted hand grips similar to the ones shown above.

The is great potential for bacteria to become established between the fitting and the pool which makes these fittings an unacceptable infection control risk.

The risk of cross-infection is dramatically increased with surface mounted metalwork that is inside the pool as they come into direct contact with the water while the mother is using the pool.

From a manual handling perspective these handgrips are dangerous as they form an obstruction that mothers can hurt themselves on and they interfere with movement around the pool.

Overflow drains

Overflow drains harbour bacteria and can serve as a conduit for cross infection.

Regulations are very clear on this point.

Overflow drains should not be fitted to water birth pools as they constitute a constant infection control risk.

Re-circulating water systems

Re-circulating or pumped systems with jets such as whirlpools and  jacuzzi present the perfect conditions for the growth of micro-organisms.

Water systems like these present the highest levels of risk as they produce aerosols.

Aerosols are generated when the water surface is broken – for example, by falling water droplets, splashing, or by bubbles breaking at the surface.

Once introduced to these systems, Legionella and Pseudomonas thrive and can become aerosolised and then inhaled.

Integral Plumbing Systems

Plumbing systems like these utilise flexible and non-flexible piping, overflow drains, handheld showers, pumps, hoses, heaters, surface mounted fittings and filters.

These systems are impossible to clean, disinfect or monitor and therefore present an extremely high Infection Control Risk.

Stagnant water within the system is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria.

UK regulations state that water birth pools should be filled with wall mounted, thermostatically controlled mixer taps plumbed directly into the hospitals water supply.

Hand held showers

Handheld showers present a significant infection control risk.

If the shower head falls in the pool it may be contaminated with bacteria that could breed and be passed on next time the shower is used.

Department of Health regulations clearly stipulate that handheld showers and bath/shower mixers are not installed for use with water birth pools as they present a Fluid Category 5 risk to the mains water supply.

N.B. There are systems available that enable you to detach the hose and shower head from the tap. These are permissible as long as the shower fittings are detached when the pool is in use and only employed afterwards for cleaning.

Pumped heating systems

Heating systems for water birth pools are not necessary and present unacceptable infection control risks.

Water is pumped through a heat exchanger and then back into the pool creating the ideal environment for bacteria to breed.

These systems present one of the highest infection control risks and should not be utilised.

Bacteria filters and disinfection systems

Some water birth pools are equipped with these devices in an attempt to mitigate the risk of infection and bacteria infestation that are inherent in built-in plumbing systems.

Bacteria filters and disinfection systems can not be relied upon and will not guarantee adequate hygiene standards.

Doors

There is no reason for a water birth pool to have a door and many reasons why they should not.

Doors are mistakenly used for two reasons:

  1. To facilitate emergency evacuations
  2. To help mothers get in and out of the pool

Doors present an extremely high risk of infection and should be banned from use in water birth pools for this reason alone.

The door seal (typically foam or rubberised material) is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.

From manual handling perspective doors are not practical or fit for purpose. They actually complicate emergency evacuations and put mothers and midwives at risk.

Getting in and out of the pool

The simple act of getting into the pool is one of the most misunderstood aspects relating to the use water birth pools.

The truth is that multi-step units are dangerous and in the case of Active Birth Pools unnecessary as the video below clearly demonstrates.

Health and Safety and Manual Handling experts strongly advise against the use of multi-step units as they present unacceptable safety risks.

They say that, “mothers in strong labour should not climb up and over the rim of the pool and down onto a submerged plinth because it is not safe or practical”.

In addition these bulky step unit take up too much space, obstruct movement around the pool and are a trip hazard.

With the help of Manual Handling  and Ergonomic Design  experts we designed a simple, safe way for mothers to get into our pools.

The distinctive extra-wide, bull-nosed shaped rim is relatively low making it perfect for mothers to sit on and gently swivel into the water.

There is no climbing – mothers are grounded at all times and safeguarded from risk.

All women no matter what their shape or size will find it exceptionally easy to get into our pools.

Mothers don’t even think about it – they move instinctively and naturally lower themselves into the water.

And midwives will be safeguarded from the risk associated with physically supporting mothers as they climbs up the steps .

To put this in perspective:

The average height of our pools is 75cm – about the same height as a desk or dining table.

Our 15cm high single step makes the height of the pool  60cm – the same height as an ordinary bathtub.

You don’t need a big step unit to get into your bath at home, do you?

 

 

 

 

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The keyword that defines our design ethos is Active.

The keyword that defines our approach to design is ‘Active’.

If we look up the definition of ‘Active Birth’  we get, “Childbirth during which the mother is encouraged to move around freely and assume any position which feels comfortable”.

Active Birth Pools provide mothers with the space and depth to move freely in the postures natural to labour and birth.

As she moves, she intuitively discovers features that provide support and make her more comfortable.

Design is based upon the dynamics of mothers and midwives as they interact with the pool and each other.

Form is based on function and pared down to the essence of aesthetic utility.

There is a reason for every shape, every curve and every form.

Our water birth pools encourage mothers to move freely and naturally.

They instinctively interact with the pool and find comfort and support wherever they are.

Freedom of movement combined with the relaxing effects of warm water and release of oxytocin significantly increases the possibility of physiological labour and birth.

We are pioneers, innovators and trend setters.

Our water birth pools have continuously evolved over the past 35 years.

We’re able to achieve our latest designs because of the highly specialised material we use.

Ficore, a composite resin with unique properties enables us to create incredibly curvaceous pools that mothers and midwives find exceptionally comfortable, practical and easy to use.

In mid-90’s we met with a design specialist to discuss ways our water birth pools could be improved to better serve the needs of mothers and midwives.

This lead to the ground-breaking innovations in birth pool design that have culminated in todays range of award winning water birth pools.

Below a copy of article that appeared in the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors charting the paradigm shift in birth pool design that occurred in the mid-90’s:

 

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Presenting the Princess II Water Birth Pool: A Compact Revolution in Maternity Care

The Princess II Water Birth Pool, developed by Active Birth Pools, is a compact yet highly functional solution tailored for healthcare facilities focusing on enhancing maternity care.

This pool combines ergonomic design, advanced material technology, and thoughtful features, specifically catering to settings where space is at a premium, without compromising on the quality of the birthing experience.

Development and Innovation

As part of Active Birth Pools’ longstanding commitment to improving water birth solutions, the Princess II Water Birth Pool is a culmination of extensive research and collaboration with healthcare professionals.

It represents an understanding of the spatial constraints in some healthcare settings, while still addressing the needs of both mothers and healthcare providers.

Design Features

The Princess II Water Birth Pool, while compact, does not sacrifice functionality or comfort.

Its efficient design includes a distinctive keyhole shape, providing practical benefits for various birthing positions.

The pool is equipped with recessed hand grips and a bull-nose shaped rim, which offer crucial support and stability for mothers during labour.

Material Excellence

Crafted from Ficore®, a proprietary composite material exclusive to Active Birth Pools, the Princess II boasts superior durability and hygiene.

Its lifespan far exceeds traditional birthing pools, and the material’s highly polished, ultra-smooth surface is designed to be less slippery, enhancing safety.

This material choice is particularly advantageous in maintaining the high hygiene standards required in healthcare environments.

Ergonomic and Safe

The ergonomic considerations in the Princess II include a labour support seat, providing optimal positioning for birth and comfort for the mother.

Despite its compact size, the pool’s dimensions are carefully planned to enable free movement and maximize the therapeutic effects of water immersion during labour.

Technological Integration

The Princess II is outfitted with Multi-Colour LED Lighting and Bluetooth Sound systems, allowing for a customizable and calming birthing environment.

These features contribute to a supportive atmosphere, promoting natural childbirth.

Sustainability and Cost-Effectiveness

The durable nature of the Princess II Water Birth Pool makes it a sustainable choice for healthcare facilities.

Its long-term usability and reduced replacement frequency make it an economically sound investment, especially in settings where space and resources are limited.

Global Recognition

The Princess II Water Birth Pool has been recognized globally for its innovative approach to space-efficient maternity care.

Its adoption in various hospitals and birthing centres is a testament to its reliability and effectiveness as a compact water birth solution.

In summary, the Princess II Water Birth Pool by Active Birth Pools is an exemplary fusion of compact design, advanced material technology, and user-centric features.

It stands as a strategic choice for healthcare facilities seeking to offer enhanced maternity care in limited spaces, providing a comfortable and safe birthing experience.

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Introducing the Princess II/360 Water Birth Pool with Bespoke Water Column: A Compact, Comprehensive Maternity Care Solution

Active Birth Pools presents the Princess II/360 Water Birth Pool with Bespoke Water Column, a compact yet comprehensive solution for modern healthcare facilities focused on optimizing maternity care.

This innovative combination brings together a space-efficient water birth pool and a functional water column, embodying advanced design and material technology to meet the diverse needs of maternity care environments.

Strategic Development for Space Efficiency

The Princess II/360 Water Birth Pool, developed by Active Birth Pools, addresses the unique challenges of limited space in some healthcare settings.

In conjunction with the Bespoke Water Column, this development reflects Active Birth Pools’ commitment to delivering high-quality, space-efficient solutions without compromising on functionality or safety.

The development process involved close collaboration with healthcare professionals, ensuring that both the pool and the column align with the practical needs of maternity care.

Ergonomic and Functional Design

The Princess II/360 Water Birth Pool is designed with a focus on ergonomics and space efficiency.

The keyhole shape of the pool maximizes space utility while providing functional support for various birthing positions.

The pool includes recessed hand grips and a bull-nose shaped rim for added stability and support during labour.

The Bespoke Water Column complements the pool’s functionality by offering a streamlined solution for plumbing and necessary fixtures, enhancing the overall utility of the setup.

Superior Material for Durability and Hygiene

Crafted from the proprietary composite material Ficore®, the Princess II/360 Water Birth Pool boasts exceptional durability and hygiene.

The material’s highly polished, ultra-smooth surface is designed to be less slippery, enhancing safety.

The Water Column, made from the same high-quality material, maintains the hygiene standards critical in healthcare environments and integrates seamlessly with the pool.

User-Centric Benefits

The Princess II/360 with its Water Column provides a labor support seat for optimal birthing positioning and comfort for the mother.

The compact design of the pool still allows for free movement, vital for the effectiveness of water immersion in labour.

The Water Column serves as a stable support structure and a convenient utility platform, adding to the pool’s functionality.

Integrated Technology for Enhanced Birthing Experience

Equipped with Multi-Colour LED Lighting and Bluetooth Sound systems, the Princess II/360 Water Birth Pool allows for a customizable and calming birthing environment.

These features contribute to creating a supportive and conducive atmosphere for natural childbirth.

Sustainability and Economic Efficiency

The Princess II/360 Water Birth Pool with the Bespoke Water Column is a sustainable and economically viable choice for healthcare facilities.

Its durable design ensures long-term use, reducing the need for frequent replacements and aligning with economic and environmental objectives of modern healthcare institutions.

Global Recognition for Compact Excellence

The Princess II/360 Water Birth Pool with Bespoke Water Column has gained global recognition for providing a compact yet comprehensive solution in maternity care.

Its adoption by healthcare facilities worldwide is a testament to its effectiveness, reliability, and innovative approach to space-efficient maternity care.

In summary, the Princess II/360 Water Birth Pool with Bespoke Water Column by Active Birth Pools offers a unique combination of compact design, advanced material technology, and thoughtful integration of features.

It represents a strategic choice for healthcare facilities looking to provide enhanced maternity care in limited spaces, ensuring comfort, safety, and efficiency in a comprehensive package.

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Introducing the Venus II Water Birth Pool: An Advanced Solution in Maternity Care

The Venus II Water Birth Pool, developed by Active Birth Pools, represents a significant advancement in the field of maternity care.

This mid-size pool is engineered to provide an optimal birthing experience, combining ergonomic design with superior material quality, making it an ideal choice for healthcare facilities looking to enhance their maternity care services.

Background and Development

Active Birth Pools has been a leader in water birth solutions since the 1980s.

The development of the Venus II Water Birth Pool is a result of extensive collaboration with healthcare professionals, including midwives, obstetricians, and ergonomics experts.

This collaboration has culminated in a pool design that prioritizes the needs of both the mother and the healthcare provider.

Design and Functionality

The Venus II Water Birth Pool is characterized by its keyhole shape, which serves practical purposes in addition to its visual appeal.

The design incorporates recessed hand grips and a bull-nose shaped rim, providing support and stability for various birthing positions.

These features are particularly beneficial for supporting squatting positions and assisting mothers in gripping securely during labour.

Material Quality and Hygiene

Constructed from Ficore®, a unique composite material exclusive to Active Birth Pools, the Venus II is distinguished by its longevity, with a life expectancy exceeding 25 years.

This material offers a highly polished, ultra-smooth surface that is less slippery than traditional pool materials, thereby enhancing safety.

Additionally, the material’s superior hygiene properties make it a suitable choice for the demanding hygiene standards of healthcare settings.

Safety and Ergonomics

The ergonomic design of the Venus II includes a labour support seat, which aids in optimal birthing positioning and offers a restful area for the mother.

The pool’s dimensions and depth have been carefully considered to facilitate free movement and maximize the benefits of water immersion during labour.

Technological Integration

The Venus II is equipped with modern amenities such as Multi-Colour LED Lighting and Bluetooth Sound systems.

These features enable customization of the birthing environment, contributing to a calming and supportive atmosphere for natural birth.

Sustainability and Cost-Effectiveness

The durable nature of the Venus II Water Birth Pool makes it a sustainable and cost-effective option for healthcare facilities.

Its long lifespan and reduced need for replacement align with the economic and environmental objectives of modern healthcare institutions.

Global Adoption and Recognition

The Venus II Water Birth Pool is recognized globally for its contribution to improving maternity care.

Its adoption by hospitals and birthing centres worldwide is a testament to its effectiveness and reliability as a water birth solution.

In summary, the Venus II Water Birth Pool by Active Birth Pools offers a combination of advanced design, superior material quality, and practical features.

It stands as a valuable asset for healthcare facilities aiming to provide enhanced maternity care and a more natural birthing experience.

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Introducing the Venus 360 Water Birth Pool with Bespoke Water Column: Elevating Maternity Care to New Heights

The Venus 360 Water Birth Pool, complemented by the Bespoke Water Column, is an innovative offering from Active Birth Pools, designed for healthcare facilities aiming to provide superior maternity care.

This combination of a state-of-the-art water birth pool and a functional water column represents a significant advancement in water birth technology, catering to the needs of modern healthcare environments.

Development and Specialization

Active Birth Pools, with its rich history in water birth solutions, has developed the Venus 360 Water Birth Pool to address the evolving demands of maternity care.

The addition of the Bespoke Water Column is a testament to the company’s commitment to providing comprehensive and specialized solutions.

This development is based on thorough research and collaboration with healthcare professionals, ensuring that both the pool and the column meet the highest standards of functionality and safety.

Design Innovation

The Venus 360 Water Birth Pool features an ergonomic design optimized for space and comfort.

Its keyhole shape is not only aesthetically pleasing but also functionally supportive for various birthing positions.

The pool includes recessed hand grips and a bull-nose shaped rim, offering stability and support for mothers during labour.

The bespoke Water Column enhances the pool’s functionality by providing a practical solution for plumbing installations and necessary fixtures.

Material Quality and Hygiene

Constructed from Ficore®, a unique composite material, the Venus 360 offers exceptional durability and hygiene, surpassing the lifespan of traditional birthing pools.

The highly polished, ultra-smooth surface of the pool is less slippery, ensuring safety. The Water Column, made from the same high-quality material, integrates seamlessly with the pool, maintaining the stringent hygiene standards essential in healthcare settings.

Ergonomic Benefits

The ergonomic design of the Venus 360, along with the Water Column, provides a labour support seat for optimal birthing positioning and comfort.

Despite its mid-size dimensions, the pool allows for free movement, enhancing the effectiveness of water immersion during labour.

The Water Column serves as a stable support structure for mothers and a convenient rest for midwives.

Technological Integration

The Venus 360 is equipped with Multi-Colour LED Lighting and Bluetooth Sound systems, enabling a personalized and soothing birthing environment.

These features create a supportive atmosphere conducive to natural childbirth, enhancing the overall birthing experience.

Sustainability and Economic Viability

The durability of the Venus 360 Water Birth Pool and the Bespoke Water Column make them sustainable and cost-effective choices for healthcare facilities.

Their long-term performance reduces the need for frequent replacements, aligning with the economic and environmental goals of modern healthcare.

Global Adoption and Impact

The Venus 360 Water Birth Pool with the Bespoke Water Column has been embraced by healthcare facilities worldwide, acknowledged for its innovative approach to maternity care.

Its global recognition underscores its effectiveness and reliability as a comprehensive water birth solution.

In conclusion, the Venus 360 Water Birth Pool with the Bespoke Water Column by Active Birth Pools represents a harmonious blend of ergonomic design, advanced material technology, and thoughtful features.

It is a strategic choice for healthcare facilities striving to provide an enhanced maternity care experience, offering comfort, safety, and efficiency in a compact and comprehensive package.

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Introducing the Active II Water Birth Pool: Enhancing Maternity Care with Advanced Design

The Active II Water Birth Pool, designed by Active Birth Pools, is a state-of-the-art solution for healthcare facilities seeking to improve their maternity care services.

This advanced water birth pool incorporates a blend of ergonomic design, innovative material, and user-centric features, making it an exemplary choice in modern maternity care environments.

Development and Expertise

Rooted in the extensive experience of Active Birth Pools in the field of water birth solutions, the Active II Water Birth Pool is the product of collaborative efforts with healthcare professionals.

The design reflects a deep understanding of the needs of both mothers and healthcare providers, emphasizing safety, comfort, and ease of use.

Design Excellence

The Active II Water Birth Pool is distinguished by its unique shape and functional design elements.

The keyhole shape, integral to the design, is both visually appealing and practical, facilitating various birthing positions and movements.

The pool features recessed hand grips and a bull-nose shaped rim, offering mothers enhanced stability and support during labour.

Material Innovation for Durability and Hygiene

Constructed from the proprietary composite material, Ficore®, the Active II offers remarkable durability, with a lifespan significantly longer than traditional birthing pools.

This material presents a highly polished, ultra-smooth surface that is less prone to slipperiness, crucial for ensuring safety.

The hygienic qualities of Ficore® make it particularly suitable for the stringent cleanliness standards required in healthcare settings.

Ergonomic and Safe

The ergonomic design of the Active II includes features like a labour support seat for optimal birthing positioning and mother’s comfort and a rim-level safety seat for monitoring and emergency evacuations.

The pool’s dimensions are strategically determined to enable free movement, enhancing the effectiveness of water immersion during labour.

Integration of Modern Technology

Equipped with Multi-Colour LED Lighting and Bluetooth Sound systems, the Active II Water Birth Pool allows for a customizable birthing environment.

These technological features aid in creating a soothing and supportive atmosphere conducive to natural childbirth.

Sustainability and Economic Viability

Given its long lifespan and superior material quality, the Active II Water Birth Pool is a sustainable and economically viable option for healthcare facilities.

Its durability translates into a reduced need for frequent replacements, aligning with the economic and environmental goals of contemporary healthcare institutions.

Global Adoption

The Active II Water Birth Pool has gained recognition worldwide for its role in enhancing maternity care. Its adoption by numerous hospitals and birthing centres underscores its effectiveness and reliability as a top-tier water birth solution.

In conclusion, the Active II Water Birth Pool by Active Birth Pools represents a fusion of ergonomic design, advanced material technology, and user-focused features.

It is an asset for healthcare facilities aiming to elevate their maternity care services and offer a more natural and comfortable birthing experience.

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Introducing the Active II/360 Water Birth Pool with Bespoke Water Column: A Pinnacle of Maternity Care Innovation

Active Birth Pools offers the Active II/360 Water Birth Pool with Bespoke Water Column, a sophisticated solution tailored for healthcare facilities striving to provide exemplary maternity care.

This advanced combination integrates a state-of-the-art water birth pool with a functional and stylish water column, epitomizing the latest in design innovation and material technology for the maternity care sector.

Advanced Development for Modern Healthcare Needs

The Active II/360 Water Birth Pool, a product of Active Birth Pools, is designed to meet the evolving demands of contemporary maternity care.

Paired with the Bespoke Water Column, this system is the result of extensive research and collaboration with healthcare professionals.

The focus has been on creating a solution that offers superior functionality, safety, and comfort, while also addressing the practical needs of both healthcare providers and mothers.

Ergonomic Design for Enhanced Experience

The Active II/360 Water Birth Pool is designed with an emphasis on ergonomic excellence and spatial efficiency.

The pool’s keyhole shape is not only visually appealing but also provides functional benefits, supporting a variety of birthing positions and movements.

The pool includes recessed hand grips and a bull-nose shaped rim for added support and safety.

The Bespoke Water Column is seamlessly integrated, offering an elegant solution for necessary plumbing and fixtures, thus enhancing the pool’s utility and aesthetic.

Superior Material Quality

Constructed from Ficore®, a proprietary composite material exclusive to Active Birth Pools, the Active II/360 offers exceptional durability, hygiene, and safety.

The material’s highly polished, ultra-smooth surface is less slippery, crucial for ensuring safety.

The Water Column, made from the same quality material, complements the pool’s design and maintains the high hygiene standards required in healthcare environments.

User-Centric Features

The Active II/360 Water Birth Pool with the Water Column includes a labour support seat, facilitating optimal birthing positioning and comfort for the mother and a rim-level safety seat for monitoring and emergency evacuations.

The pool’s design enables free movement, which is essential for the effective use of water immersion during labour.

The Water Column adds functionality as a stable support structure and a practical utility platform.

Integrated Technological Enhancements

The pool is equipped with Multi-Colour LED Lighting and Bluetooth Sound systems, enabling the creation of a personalized and soothing environment.

These features are integral in establishing a supportive atmosphere that is conducive to natural childbirth.

Sustainability and Economic Benefits

The durable design of the Active II/360 Water Birth Pool with Bespoke Water Column makes it a sustainable and economically sound choice for healthcare facilities.

Its long-term performance and reduced replacement requirements make it an efficient investment, aligning with the economic and environmental goals of modern healthcare institutions.

Global Adoption and Acclaim

The Active II/360 Water Birth Pool with Bespoke Water Column has been recognized globally for its innovative approach to maternity care.

Its adoption by healthcare facilities worldwide is a testament to its effectiveness, reliability, and commitment to advancing water birth practices.

In conclusion, the Active II/360 Water Birth Pool with Bespoke Water Column by Active Birth Pools represents a harmonious blend of advanced design, superior material technology, and thoughtful integration of user-centric features.

It stands as a strategic and innovative choice for healthcare facilities looking to provide a superior maternity care experience, offering comfort, safety, and efficiency in a comprehensive and elegant package.

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Water Birth Pools: A Win-Win Solution for Hospitals

Water births have gained popularity in recent years as an alternative birthing method that offers numerous benefits for both mothers and babies.

This innovative approach to childbirth involves delivering the baby in a specially designed birthing pool filled with warm water.

Beyond the physical and emotional advantages, water birth pools have proven to be a strategic investment for hospitals, optimizing resources, saving money, and attracting clients.

In this article, we will explore how water birth pools benefit both healthcare facilities and expectant families.

Optimizing Hospital Resources

Enhanced Efficiency

Water birth pools contribute to efficient use of hospital resources by streamlining the childbirth process. The buoyancy of water helps reduce the impact of gravity on the mother’s body, allowing her to move more comfortably during labor. This enhanced mobility can lead to shorter labor durations and a decreased need for interventions like epidurals, forceps, or vacuum extractions. As a result, hospital staff can allocate their time and expertise more effectively, attending to multiple patients with shorter labor periods.

Reduced Staffing Requirements

Shorter labor periods and decreased intervention needs translate to a reduced demand for staff resources. Water births typically require fewer medical interventions, thereby allowing nurses and midwives to attend to other patients or perform additional tasks, such as prenatal check-ups, postpartum care, or emergency procedures. Hospitals can allocate their staff more efficiently, optimizing labor and resources.

Faster Turnaround Times

Water births often result in shorter postpartum recovery periods for mothers. The soothing properties of warm water can ease discomfort and facilitate a quicker return to normal activities. This shorter recovery time allows hospitals to free up postpartum rooms faster, accommodating more patients and reducing waiting times for expectant mothers.

Saving Money

Lower Healthcare Costs

One of the significant advantages of water births is the potential for reduced healthcare costs. As water births typically involve fewer medical interventions, hospitals can save money on expensive equipment, medication, and staff time. Fewer interventions also mean fewer potential complications, further lowering healthcare expenses associated with complications and extended hospital stays.

Increased Patient Satisfaction

Patient satisfaction is crucial for any healthcare facility, and water birth pools can significantly contribute to this aspect. Mothers who have positive birthing experiences are more likely to recommend the hospital to friends and family. Word-of-mouth referrals can lead to increased client volume, reducing the need for costly marketing efforts.

Attracting Clients

Meeting Expectant Mothers’ Preferences

Today’s expectant mothers are increasingly seeking options that provide a more holistic and personalized approach to childbirth. Water birth pools align with this trend by offering a natural, comfortable, and empowering birthing experience. Hospitals that provide this option attract a clientele seeking a more personalized and humanized approach to childbirth.

Competitive Advantage

Offering water birth services can give hospitals a competitive edge in the healthcare market. It sets them apart from other facilities, appealing to a segment of the population actively seeking these birthing options. This unique selling point can attract clients from a broader geographic area, enhancing the hospital’s reputation and market position.

Conclusion

Water birth pools are more than just a trend; they are a strategic investment for hospitals looking to optimize resources, save money, and attract clients.

These specialized birthing environments enhance efficiency, reduce costs, and meet the preferences of modern expectant mothers.

By offering water birth services, hospitals can provide exceptional care and reap the benefits of improved resource allocation, increased patient satisfaction, and a competitive edge in the healthcare industry.

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Why Active Birth Pools are the No. 1 choice world-wide

Back in the mid-80s, we embarked on a journey alongside midwives, mothers, obstetricians, infection control specialists, and manual handling experts.

Together, we crafted the world’s very first hospital-grade water birth pool with meticulous attention to every detail.

Since then, we’ve continued to refine our designs, enhance our materials, and elevate our manufacturing and engineering capabilities.

This evolution has given rise to water birth pools that not only prioritize safety but also align perfectly with the desires of both mothers and midwives.

The Building Better Healthcare Awards judges put it succinctly, stating that the harmonious blend of evidence-based, user-centric, ergonomic design, specialized materials, and custom manufacturing has resulted in water birth pools that stand in a class of their own.

Our unwavering dedication lies in offering intelligently designed birthing pools that deliver unparalleled safety, remarkable value, and outstanding performance, all while remaining incredibly practical, cost-effective, and environmentally sustainable.

At our core is a genuine passion for design and quality, fueled by an unwavering commitment to enhance the experience of labor and birth for midwives, mothers, and babies alike.

We’re proud to have supplied countless water birth pools to hospitals across the globe.

Our collaborations with end-users, specialists, and manufacturers have driven us to continuously develop and improve our capabilities.

Every Active Birth Pool is meticulously handcrafted to order in England by highly skilled artisans who take immense pride in their work and hold themselves to the highest standards of excellence.

Our design process takes into account the delicate interplay between mothers, midwives, and the birth pool.

We’ve embraced evidence-based, user-centric, ergonomic design principles to create water birth pools that are not only supremely comfortable but also effortlessly practical and user-friendly.

The intricate and inviting forms of our pools are designed to captivate both the senses and emotions.

Each curve, each contour serves a purpose, where form elegantly merges with aesthetic utility.

Through the seamless, one-piece fabrication process in Ficore®, we’ve revolutionized the concept of the birth pool.

This innovation has given birth to pools that seamlessly combine elegance, practicality, and ease of use.

The exceptional qualities of Ficore® empower us to produce water birth pools that excel in performance, value, and safety beyond measure.

Our deep understanding of the childbirth process and our commitment to midwives’ needs have driven us to design birthing pools that actively protect midwives and mothers from the potential risks associated with water birth.

We’re acutely aware of the potential for birth pools to harbor harmful bacteria.

In response, we’ve introduced a range of innovative features that not only mitigate risk but also amplify safety to the highest degree.

Your peace of mind and safety are at the heart of everything we do.

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The Economic and Patient-Centric Benefits of Water Birth Pools in Healthcare Facilities

Healthcare facilities are continuously seeking innovative ways to enhance patient experiences and optimize resource allocation.

The integration of water birth pools stands as a promising approach that not only enhances the birthing experience but also holds the potential to save costs, attract clients, and optimize hospital resources.

This article delves into the multifaceted advantages of installing water birth pools in healthcare settings.

Cost Savings and Resource Optimization:

The integration of water birth pools can contribute significantly to cost savings within healthcare facilities.

Research, such as the study by Adams et al. (2020), published in the Journal of Health Economics, has highlighted that water immersion during labor is associated with reduced healthcare costs.

This reduction is primarily attributed to the decreased need for pharmacological pain relief, lower rates of medical interventions, and potentially shorter labor durations.

By minimizing the need for interventions like epidurals or cesarean deliveries, hospitals can decrease associated expenses related to surgeries, anesthesia, and extended hospital stays.

Furthermore, the implementation of water birth pools may optimize resource allocation by potentially reducing the demand for medical equipment and staff involvement, allowing for more efficient use of hospital resources.

Client Attraction and Satisfaction:

The availability of water birth pools in healthcare facilities can significantly enhance their appeal to prospective clients.

As expectant parents increasingly seek birthing options that prioritize comfort, safety, and a personalized experience, the provision of water birth pools serves as a powerful draw.

Studies, such as the one conducted by Smith et al. (2018) in the Journal of Patient Experience, have emphasized the impact of a positive birthing experience on patient satisfaction and loyalty.

Water immersion during labor has been linked to increased satisfaction among birthing individuals due to its calming and pain-relieving effects, contributing to a more positive birthing experience.

The presence of water birth pools not only attracts clients seeking these options but also fosters a reputation for the healthcare facility as being patient-centric and progressive, potentially resulting in increased patient loyalty and positive word-of-mouth referrals.

Optimizing Hospital Resources:

The integration of water birth pools can also optimize hospital resources by potentially reducing the length of labor and associated healthcare interventions.

This can lead to better management of staff time and resources, allowing for more efficient allocation within the hospital.

Moreover, the positive birthing experiences facilitated by water birth pools may contribute to higher patient throughput and satisfaction.

Increased satisfaction may lead to a higher utilization rate of hospital services, contributing to optimized resource utilization and potentially reducing the strain on existing resources.

Conclusion:

The integration of water birth pools in healthcare facilities offers a multi-faceted approach that not only enhances the birthing experience but also yields economic benefits, attracts clients, and optimizes hospital resources.

As healthcare institutions navigate the ever-evolving landscape of patient care, the installation of water birth pools emerges as a strategic investment, catering to patient preferences while creating cost-effective and resource-efficient solutions.

This innovation not only meets the demands of expectant parents seeking a more comfortable birthing experience but also positions healthcare facilities as progressive and patient-focused institutions, ultimately benefitting both clients and the healthcare system.

References:

  • Adams, J., Smith, L., & Williams, S. (2020). The Economic Impact of Water Immersion During Labor. Journal of Health Economics, 15(2), 187-201.
  • Smith, A. B., Jones, C. D., & Brown, E. F. (2018). Patient Experience and Satisfaction with Water Immersion During Labor. Journal of Patient Experience, 7(3), 145-159.

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Embracing the Tide: The Compelling Case for Water Birth Pools in Hospitals

In the ever-evolving landscape of maternity care, hospitals are continually seeking innovative ways to enhance the birthing experience for expectant mothers.

One such innovation gaining momentum is the integration of water birth pools within hospital facilities.

Far from being a mere trend, water birth pools offer a myriad of benefits that not only prioritize the well-being of both mother and child but also contribute to a more holistic and empowering birthing experience.

In this article, we delve into the compelling reasons why hospitals should consider embracing the tide and incorporate water birth pools into their maternity care services.

Natural Pain Relief:

Water has long been recognized as a powerful natural pain reliever.

Immersing oneself in warm water can alleviate the intensity of contractions and provide a sense of weightlessness, reducing the impact of gravity on the body.

Hospitals that offer water birth pools provide mothers with an alternative pain management option that complements traditional methods, offering a more personalized approach to comfort during labour.

Numerous studies have demonstrated the efficacy of water immersion in alleviating labour pain.

A review published in the “Journal of Perinatal Education” (Harper et al., 2016) concluded that immersion in warm water during labor significantly reduces pain perception, providing expectant mothers with a non-pharmacological and evidence-based pain relief option.

Research published in the “Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing” (Thoeni et al., 2019) suggests that water immersion during labor reduces stress hormones, promoting a more relaxed state for both mother and baby.

Lower stress hormone levels have been associated with improved maternal well-being and favourable birth outcomes, supporting the argument for water birth pools as a holistic approach to maternity care.

Reduced Stress and Anxiety:

The birthing process can be a source of anxiety for many expectant mothers.

Water birth pools create a tranquil and soothing environment, fostering relaxation and reducing stress levels.

The buoyancy of the water promotes a sense of weightlessness, allowing mothers to move more freely and adopt comfortable positions, contributing to a more positive and empowering birthing experience.

Research published in the “Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing” (Thoeni et al., 2019) suggests that water immersion during labor reduces stress hormones, promoting a more relaxed state for both mother and baby.

Lower stress hormone levels have been associated with improved maternal well-being and favourable birth outcomes, supporting the argument for water birth pools as a holistic approach to maternity care.

Facilitation of Movement and Positioning:

Water birth pools provide an environment conducive to movement and positioning during labour.

Buoyancy allows for increased mobility, enabling mothers to change positions easily and find the most comfortable posture for delivery.

This flexibility can enhance the progress of labour and facilitate a smoother birthing process.

A study published in the “American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology” (Zanetti-Daellenbach et al., 2007) found that immersion in water enhances maternal mobility during labour.

The buoyancy of water allows for easier movement and positioning, potentially shortening the duration of labour and reducing the need for interventions.

This evidence underscores the importance of water birth pools in providing a conducive environment for optimal birthing positions.

Improved Blood Circulation:

The warm water in a birth pool promotes improved blood circulation, which can be particularly beneficial during labour.

Enhanced circulation helps in reducing swelling and promoting oxygen flow, contributing to the well-being of both the mother and the baby.

Hospitals that incorporate water birth pools prioritize the physiological aspects of childbirth, promoting a healthier birthing environment.

The positive impact of warm water immersion on blood circulation has been well-documented.

A randomized controlled trial published in the “Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health” (Burns et al., 2012) revealed that immersion in warm water increases peripheral blood flow and oxygenation, providing physiological benefits that contribute to the overall well-being of both the mother and the baby.

Enhanced Bonding:

The intimate and private setting of a water birth pool encourages partner involvement and fosters a deeper connection between the parents and the newborn.

The shared experience of labour and delivery in a water birth pool can strengthen the emotional bond between partners, promoting a sense of unity and shared responsibility in welcoming the newest member of the family.

A comprehensive meta-analysis published in “Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care” (Nikodem et al., 2016) examined the psychological outcomes of water immersion during labor.

The analysis found a positive correlation between water birth experiences and increased maternal satisfaction and bonding with the newborn.

Hospitals that prioritize the inclusion of water birth pools align with evidence supporting the emotional benefits of this birthing approach.

Conclusion:

The inclusion of water birth pools in hospital maternity care services represents a progressive step towards providing a more comprehensive and patient-centered approach to childbirth.

Beyond the physical benefits, such as natural pain relief and improved circulation, water birth pools contribute to a more emotionally enriching experience for both parents.

As hospitals strive to prioritize the well-being and preferences of expectant mothers, the integration of water birth pools emerges as a compelling choice, echoing the age-old connection between humanity and the soothing embrace of water during the miracle of childbirth.

Incorporating water birth pools into hospital maternity care services isn’t just a progressive step; it’s a scientifically-backed leap toward providing evidence-based, patient-centered childbirth experiences.

The multitude of studies supporting the benefits of water immersion during labour reinforces the notion that hospitals should consider water birth pools not as a luxury but as a crucial element in fostering a safe, comfortable, and evidence-based birthing environment.

The tide of evidence overwhelmingly supports the integration of water birth pools as a transformative force in modern maternity care.

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Enhancing Midwifery Care: The Benefits of Water Birth Pools

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Enhancing Maternity Care: The Impact of the Birthing Environment and Water Birth Pools

The birthing environment is a pivotal factor in shaping the childbirth experience, influencing maternal well-being and outcomes.

This article explores the broader significance of the birthing environment and specifically examines the benefits of incorporating water birth pools, supported by relevant references.

  1. Creating a Calm Atmosphere:
    • Studies, including research by Adams et al. (Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing, 2018) and Buckley and Gottvall (Journal of Perinatal Education, 2015), emphasize that a calm and peaceful environment positively impacts maternal comfort and may contribute to a smoother labor process.
  2. Pain Management and Relaxation:
    • The American Pregnancy Association recognizes that immersion in warm water during labor can aid in pain management and relaxation. The buoyancy of water can alleviate pressure on joints and muscles, potentially easing discomfort during contractions.
  3. Improved Maternal Satisfaction:
    • A systematic review by Cluett et al. (The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2018) indicates that water immersion during labor is associated with increased maternal satisfaction, suggesting that the use of water birth pools contributes to a positive birthing experience.
  4. Facilitating Mobility and Position Changes:
    • The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) acknowledges in their guidelines that water birth pools allow for increased mobility and facilitate ease of movement, potentially assisting in the progression of labor.
  5. Reduced Interventions:
    • Research published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2018) suggests that immersion in water during labor may lead to a reduction in the need for interventions, such as epidurals or operative deliveries.
  6. Benefits for Neonatal Transition:
    • A study by Zanetti-Dällenbach et al. (Frontiers in Pediatrics, 2019) explores the positive impact of water birth on neonatal transition, indicating that babies born in water experience a smoother transition from the intrauterine to extrauterine environment.

Conclusion:

Incorporating water birth pools into the birthing environment emerges as a valuable and holistic component of maternity care.

The positive effects on maternal comfort, satisfaction, and potential benefits for neonatal transition, when combined with a supportive birthing environment, highlight the importance of personalized and diversified approaches in enhancing the childbirth experience.

Healthcare providers should consider these factors to provide optimal care that aligns with the preferences and well-being of expectant mothers.

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The Rolls-Royce of Water Birth Pools

Active Birth Pools, established in 1987, has carved a niche in the field of maternity care by pioneering the use of water for labour and birth.

Their dedication to innovation, safety, and performance in water birth pool design mirrors the qualities that have made Rolls-Royce a symbol of excellence in the automotive world.

Active Birth Pools’ commitment to unparalleled quality and design is evident in their handcrafted water birth pools, made by skilled craftsmen in England.

This approach to manufacturing, focusing on superior materials and bespoke construction, echoes Rolls-Royce’s reputation for exceptional build quality and attention to detail.

Both companies share a philosophy where the quality of the product speaks volumes, aligning with the famous quote, “long after the price is forgotten, the quality remains.”

Their pools, like Rolls-Royce cars, are designed with the end-user in mind, ensuring comfort, safety, and a memorable experience.

The ergonomic design of Active Birth Pools, combined with features like integrated birth stools, grab handles, and optional chromotherapy lighting, offers a level of comfort and functionality that parallels the luxurious interiors and user-focused designs of Rolls-Royce vehicles.

The lifetime value of Active Birth Pools is significant.

These pools are made with a proprietary material called Ficore® composite, offering superior strength, durability, and heat retention, ensuring their products last for decades.

This longevity and reliability are qualities shared with Rolls-Royce cars, known for their enduring performance and timeless appeal.

In summary, Active Birth Pools and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars share common values in their commitment to exceptional build quality, user-focused design, comfort, and lifetime value.

Each represents the pinnacle of their respective fields, offering products that transcend the ordinary and deliver an unparalleled experience