WHY US?

We like to think that after 35 years of dedication to the development of highly specialised pools for labour and birth that we’ve got it right.

Our driving passion for design, quality and performance has resulted in today’s award winning range of water birth pools.

Mothers and midwives love our pools because they are comfortable, practical and easy to use.

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

Active Birth Pools are arguably the finest water birth pools on the market.

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We know that our water birth pools offer unbeatable safety, value and performance and that mothers and midwives find them beautiful, tactile and incredibly easy to use.

But, please don’t just listen to us:

See what our clients and associates say.

The benefits of using water for labour and birth are well known, here are the facts…

The benefits of using water for labour and birth are well known…

Here are the facts…

  1. Relaxing in a deep pool of warm water can be a wonderful aid in labour. It’s worth having a pool mainly for this reason.
  2. Using a birth pool helps mothers to manage pain in labour and considerably reduces the need for medical pain relief.
  3. The buoyancy of the water supports the mothers body weight allowing her to relax more easily and deeply. They can cope better with contractions and also rest more comfortably in between them.
  4. It’s easier to use upright or squatting positions and move freely from one position to another, than it is on land.
  5. Being in a birth pool gives mothers an increased feeling of privacy and security. This enhances the secretion of hormones which stimulate uterine contractions and act as natural pain killers and relaxants.
  6. Studies show that labours tend to be shorter overall when a woman enters the pool at around 5cms. dilation.
  7. Fewer women need the help of obstetric interventions.

Women who receive less medical intervention generally stay in hospital for a shorter period of time.

The combination of an intervention free birth – with a short hospital stay result in a better experience for mother and baby.

Hospital staff and resources can be employed more efficiently.

Importantly – this results in significant financial savings!

A birth pool is a simple, inexpensive piece of equipment that has a major impact on the the quality of care and cost of having a baby.

Click here to learn more about our water birth pools and find out how they will deliver for you.

 

 

Long term value and economy make our pools the most sustainable on the market

Active Birth Pools deliver superior value, better results and unrivalled long term satisfaction.

They outperform all others all others in the market in terms of safety, hygiene and end user satisfaction.

Our water birth pools are built to last for decades and guaranteed for life.

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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.

Other birthing pools have a life span of 7-10 years and are not guaranteed for life.
Over time they’ll cost far more as you’ll end up replacing them 3 – 4 times before you need to think about replacing an Active Birth Pool.

This yields significant savings  – up to £20,000 over the life of the pool!

And, you’ll also not have to experience the disruption, disturbance and additional cost that refurbishment brings.

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

As our water birth pools have such a long life span you will not need to think about replacing them for 25 years or more.

Along with the cost of replacing the birthing pools you’ll need to consider the amount of waste material that will be generated by refurbishing the room and the impact its disposal will have on the environment.

Active Birth Pools are also easier to maintain (less chemicals) and more energy efficient (less hot water) which results in additional savings on labour, energy and materials.

When taken together as whole all of these factors demonstrate why Active Birth Pools are the most sustainable on the market -by far!

The use of water for labour and birth is often promoted as a means of empowering women and is consistent with the current agenda of normalising birth

When an Active Birth Pool is installed in a maternity unit it becomes the focus of attention. Mothers have been known to choose a unit with one of our pools over units that have competitors pools.

Midwives tell us that our pools are fab and a pleasure to use. They say that Active Birth Pools are the most comfortable and safest to work with.

When compared to other birthing pools mothers who use our birthing pools have a  greater possibility of experiencing physiological labour and natural birth.

Hospitals report that mothers who use our pools have easier, more straightforward births and  spend less time in hospital which translates into savings both economically and environmentally.

 

 

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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Our approach is fuelled by a passion for optimising safety, hygiene and performance.

Over the past 35 years we have supplied 1,000’s of water birth pools to hospitals world-wide.

We have worked closely with end users and industry experts to continually develop and improve our capabilities.

This unrivalled wealth of experience enables us to design water birth pools of superior quality that are acknowledged as the industry standard.

Our approach is fuelled by a passion for optimising safety, hygiene and performance.

As a result of advances in design, materials and manufacture our water birth pools have evolved to the point where they are in a class all their own.

Our innovative approach to design results in pools that are highly functional and appealing from both a psychological and physical perspective.

The curvaceous forms allow midwives and mothers to interact intuitively with each other and the pool.

Thanks to the unique properties of Ficore® – we have been able to realise highly durable pools with sophisticated designs that place us at the top of the market.

A defining feature and key to our success is the extra-wide, round rim that flows around our pools.

The bullnose shape rim flows over and down hugging the form of the pool  to the floor in one seamless piece of ultra-high grade composite resin.

Distinctive features set our pools apart and make them most comfortable, practical, safe and user-friendly available.

The Water Column takes water safety to a new level

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 to create the ideal facility for water birth.

The wide rim, step unit and grab rail make it safe for mothers to get in and out of the pools.

The column is the perfect height for midwives to rest and lean on while attending the births.

Mothers have a choice of hand holds for support in upright and standing positions.

Adding colour to the column and step adds another dimension to the ambiance of the room.

The Water Column is available in the full range of British Standard or RAL colours.

The demountable handheld shower is essential for cleaning the pool after the birth.

It should be removed while the pool is being used to maintain optimum hygiene standards  and to not contravene relevant water safety regulations.

The Water Column has a large access panel at the back that opens up to give plumbers plenty of room to install the thermostatic mixing valve, pipework and associated fittings.

We supply the Water Column only, and not the plumbing or fittings pictured in the images above.

Shown is the Rada T3 Bath/Shower Tap with Rada Spout and Grohe Demountable Handheld shower.

 

Optional Equipment – Lighting, Sound and Step

Light and sound have a profound affect on the atmosphere and ambiance of the birth room.

Our new light and sound systems provide you with a simple way of transforming the environment, making it more conducive for physiological labour and natural birth.

Our multi-colour LED allows users to cycle through a range of colours to find the colour most that they find most appealing.

Our bluetooth sound system enables users to connect their phones and listen to the music of their choice.

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

The extra-wide rim and step unit make easy and safe for mothers to get in and out of our water birth pools.

Provision of a compact, single step gives the mother a height advantage.

She can step up – sit on the extra-wide rim and swivel into the water.

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

To find out more about how simple and safe it is for mothers to get in and out of our water birth pools please click here.

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Our range of water birth pools

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!

Active II Water Birth Pool



Place your cursor on the model below to move the image around.

Active II/360 Water Birth Pool

Venus II Water Birth Pool

Venus 360 Water Birth Pool

Princess II Water Birth Pool

Princess 360 Water Birth Pool

Water Column

Would you like to see how our water birth
pools will look in your delivery room?

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A way to make labour shorter, easier and more comfortable

“Introducing a deep pool of water to the birthing room is a way to make your labour shorter, easier and more comfortable.

It increases your sense of privacy and helps to make your baby’s entry to the world gentle and free from trauma, whether the birth occurs in or beside the pool”

Janet Balaskas – “Water Birth”

During your labour relaxing in a deep pool of warm water can be a wonderful aid.

It’s using a pool mainly for this reason – even if you are not planning a water birth.

A birth pool may help you to manage pain effectively in labour and considerably reduce your need for medical pain relief.

Studies have shown that fewer epidurals are needed when women use a water birth pool.

You are supported by the buoyancy of the water.

This allows you to relax easily and more deeply.

This helps you to cope with contractions and rest more comfortably in between them.

By saving energy you’re less likely to become tired or exhausted.

It’s easier for you to use upright or squatting positions in water than it is on land and to move freely from one position to another as you explore what works best for you.

You are likely to have an increased feeling of privacy and security in the pool.

If you enter the pool at the right time (5-6cms dilation) you can expect a boost in the secretion of the hormone oxytocin.

This will stimulate strong contractions.

The ‘oxytocin wave” when you enter the pool in strong labour lasts for approximately two hours.

You are likely to dilate rapidly during this time.

You may choose to have your baby in water

Welcoming your baby in water can be a joyous and wonderful experience.

However, you may choose to leave the pool for the birth itself.

It’s best for you to keep an open mind, rather than to have a fixed plan to give birth in water, even though the idea may be very appealing.

If you progress well in the pool during labour, or if your birth happens soon after you enter the water, you may wish to stay in the pool for the birth.

Your baby can be born under water without increased risk provided there is good midwifery care and there are no known complications.

Your baby is gently brought to the surface before taking his first breath.

 

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Educational Centre

Right from the start we have made education an important part of who we are and what we do.

Browse through the categories below or use the search engine to find the information you’re looking for.

Mothers and midwives love our water birth pools

Midwives tell us that our pools are by far the most comfortable and user friendly available.

They say that they are ‘fab’ and pleasure to use.

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

They benefit from complete freedom of movement and unparalleled safety and support.

And, therefore have better births.

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

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

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

But please don’t take our word for it….

see what mothers and midwives have to say:

“The best pools for the Birth Olympics hands down! Makes you want to have another baby just to experience it again!  I’ve both delivered and caught babies in your pool. They’re comfortable, provide stability, are simple to clean and midwife and dad friendly. Just a dream all the way around.

Alicia Witt Director BirthPros.com, CEO at ArizonaMidwife.com

“Beautiful pools, wonderful to see the history of their design and development.
Thank you for all you have  done for mothers and midwives over the last 35 years to make birth more comfortable and peaceful.”

Amanda Edwards – midwife and active birth teacher

We’ve had the Venus since 2016 and 256 water births later we can highly recommend Keith and his pool. Keith has been always quick, helpful and kind in responding to any queries we’ve had and our mums and dads are very happy in using this pool! Thank you Keith! 

Catherine Verrecchia – Sage-femme coordinatrice, Centre Hospitalier Annecy Genevois

“The pool was amazing, so inviting, warm and comfortable. I don’t know what I would have done without it. Thank you”

Gemma Woods – Manchester

“The water birth pool was extremely comfortable and supportive and made such a difference – I don’t know what I would have done without it”

Sarah Copeland- Birmingham

“The pool met all of my expectations. I’m convinced  that the water helps you stay in control in the final stages.”

S. Stone – Maida Vale, London

“Your birth pool made my labour so much easier I’d recommend them to every women for their birth.”

Jill Ireland – Bristol

“I’ve used Active Birth pools for over 17 years. They’re really beautiful, technically perfect and exceptionally easy to use.” 

Dr Lucia Rocca-Ihenacho PhD, MSc, RM – Lecturer in Midwifery

” I consistently hear from moms how much they love the pools! The space and depth allow them to benefit fully from the buoyancy.  As a midwife, I love the fact that I can move around the tub and catch babies from any position.

Rachel Stapleton – Midwife 25 years experience of water birth

“Not only are they gloriously spacious and inviting, they are made to the highest specifications and considerations to maximise comfort and safety. In short, they are second to none!”

Sheena Byrom OBE – Activist, Midwife, Speaker and Author

“Brilliant, like the wide rims so mums can sit on the side and swivel their legs round to get in and out, much safer. And, you can get your legs under the rim, so much more comfortable for midwives ”

A. Bentley NHS Midwife

“Let me introduce you to Keith Brainin who provided us with water birth pools for our birth centres. His pools are brilliant and the service he provides is excellent”

Dr Tracey Cooper MBE – Chief Midwife for the North East and Yorkshire at NHS England

“Your water birth pools have revolutionised birth”

Caitlin Wilson Senior Midwife, Meadow Birth Centre, Worcester District Hospital

“You clearly have a tub that is far superior to all the tubs we have found, not only for patient comfort, but also for provider convenience”. 

Karen Werrbach MSN, RNC-OB, NEA-BC

” Keith’s knowledge of fixed birth pools and expertise in waterbirth pools is outstanding. With over 35 years of experience within the industry, Keith has developed the highest standard birthing pools on the market.”

Jane Palmer Private midwife, lactation consultant and educator

 

 

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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 85 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.


(The new Active II Water Birth Pool takes the original design to new levels of comfort and performance)

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

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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.
But don’t take our word for it, find out what clients have to say  by clicking here.

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A safe, simple solution for getting into the pool

We are often asked why we do not supply multi-step units with safety rails like other companies do with their pools.

The answer is simple – they are not needed and in our estimation present a significant safety and manual handling risk!


The Venus 360 with extra-wide wrap around rim, step unit and grab rail

Other pools are higher and have narrow rims which makes it difficult for mothers to enter the pool without a step unit.

When we discuss the issue with manual handling experts they strongly advise against the use of multi-step units as they present critical safety risks.

They say that, “to have mothers in strong labour climb up, step over the rim, and down onto a submerged platform in the pool is not safe or practical.

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

The extra-wide rim and step unit make easy and safe for mothers to get in and out of our water birth pools.

Provision of a compact, single step gives the mother a height advantage.

She can step up – sit on the extra-wide rim and swivel into the water.

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

The maths: 

  • When we looked at the dynamics at play we focussed on shorter women of average height don’t even need the step!
  • A women 150cm (4’11”) tall has an inseam of about 68cm (27″).
  • The step is 15cm (6″)high. The rim is 75cm (29.5″)
  • Standing on the step she is has inner leg height of 83cm (33″) and can easily sit down on the rim and swivel in.

We’ve posted a short video on YouTube showing  just how easy it is for mothers to get into our water birth pools –please have a look

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Superior material results in superior 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 extra-ordinary properties that was developed to minimise problems associated with other materials.

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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.

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Dealing with emergencies

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

The evacuation a collapsed woman is potentially hazardous and poses risk of injury to mother and midwife.

If the need for an emergency evacuation arises the midwife should:

  1. summon help
  2. stabilise the mother
  3. turn the taps on to raise the water to rim level.

The buoyancy of the water reduces the relative weight of the mother by approximately 33% making it easier to move her and effect safe evacuation.

Midwives should float/move the mother onto a seat or support and hold her safely until help arrives.

Basics:

  1. The mother should be screened to ensure that she meets the inclusion criteria prior to entering the birth pool.
  2. Continuous risk assessment is essential to reduce the incidence of emergencies in the pool.
  3. At the first sign of a contraindication the mother should be asked to get out of the water and assisted from the pool for monitoring and care.
  4. If the mother is unable to leave the pool under her own power or has collapsed an emergency evacuation will need to be conducted.
  5. A trolley should be available
  6. for the mother to be moved onto.
  7. Care must be taken that proper lifting techniques are employed to avert strain & injury.

Example 1: Emergency evacuation utilising the labour support seat

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The mother has been moved onto and held on the labour support seat

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The midwives guide the mother onto rim by sliding her up the side of the pool

Once on the rim she can be easily transferred onto a trolley

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Example 2) Emergency evacuation utilising the safety seat

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The mother is moved into position under the safety seat

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The midwives glide her up the side of the pool

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Onto the safety seat,

and then onto the rim for transfer onto the trolley

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Active Birth Pools are portable hoist compatible

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 designed to accommodate a portable hoist should the need arise.

Clinical Guidelines – Royal Cornwall Hospital

Clinical Guidelines – Royal Worcester Hospital

Guideline for the Management of Women Requesting Immersion in Water  – Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals

Operational Policy and Clinical Guidelines – Abbey Birth Centre

Birthspace: An evidence-based guide to birth environment design – Queensland Centre for Mothers and Babies

Use of water for labour and birth – Hywel DDA Local health Board

Guidelines for use of pool during labour and delivery – East Cheshire NHS Trust

Guiding principles for midwifery care during normal labour – Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust

Waterbirth care during labour for low risk women – Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals

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Delivery and Installation

Delivery, Moving and Handling

Mainland UK Deliveries

Active Birth Pools delivered within the mainland UK are wrapped in protective packaging and placed in double walled boxes with corrugated sides.

The pools are delivered by our dedicated carrier on a week commencing basis.

If you require delivery on a specific date or at a specific time please contact us for a quote.

Box Size and Weight

  • Active Birth Pool:  1880 x 1690 x 790mm 100 kg
  • Venus Birth Pool: 1960 x 1390 x 790mm 90 kg
  • Princess Birth Pool: 1640 x 1140 x 790mm 80 kg

The carrier will deliver your birth pool to the receipt and distribution point.

You’ll be responsible for moving it to the room where it will be installed.

The pool should be moved from the delivery point in its cardboard box by turning it gently on its side onto a movers dolly or two.

This will enable it to be easily moved along corridors and through doorways.  Once the pool is in the room where it will be installed carefully open the cardboard box and remove the protective packaging.

Outside Mainland UK and International Deliveries

Active Birth Pools that are delivered outside the mainland UK are wrapped in protective packaging and placed in timber framed crates with plywood sides that conform to ISPM15 and are stamped accordingly.

Crate Size and Weight

  • Active Birth Pool:  1910 x 1720 x 890mm 200 kg
  • Active II Water Birth Pool: 2050 x 1810 x 970mm 220kg
  • Venus Birth Pool: 1950 x 1420 x 890mm 185 kg
  • Venus II Water Birth Pool: 2050 x 1420 x 890mm 205kg
  • Princess Birth Pool: 1670 x 1170 x 890mm 145 kg

The birth pool should be unpacked from the timber crate but left in its protective packaging for moving from the delivery point to the room where it will be installed.

The pool should be gently turned on its side onto a padded movers dolly or two to  enable it to be easily moved along corridors and through doorways. It’s best to handle the pool by the rim as this is the strongest point.

Installation

Prior to moving the birth pool into position against the wall the plumbing (taps and drainage) and electrical services should be in place ready for final connection to the pool.

Taps

Fix a 3/4″ thermostatically controlled mixer tap with a 150mm spout on an IPS panel 25 cm above the rim of the pool (rim height 75cm).

We suggest that you consider the Rada Sense Bath T3 (or similar) as it is a digital tap that not only enables you to programme the http://activebirthpools.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Rada-1.pdfwater temperature but also the fill time.

A filling time of 20 – 25 minutes is acceptable.

Drainage

The pool is supplied with a bespoke brass 40mm pop up waste that is operated by a control that is fixed to the rim.

The waste is connected to a P Trap  and a McAlpine T25 adaptor

Height from the floor to the centre of the T25 adaptor is 11cm

From the T25 adaptor you can utilise of a wide variety of commonly available parts to connect to the pipework of the buildings drainage system.

When electrical and plumbing services are in place and ready for the final connection to the pool’s systems the pool should be moved into position and fixed to the floor.

Final connection of services can be carried out through the access panel when the pool is secured in place.

Fixing the birth pool to the floor

All feet MUST be in solid contact with the floor.

If the floor is not level or smooth be sure to adjust the feet or level the floor so that all of the feet are in firm contact with the floor and there is no rocking or movement.

The bottom flange of the outer panel should be in contact with the floor but is not the primary support structure of the pool and must not bear the full weight of the filled birth pool.

The water birth pool is supplied with 3 x 100 mm x 30 mm fixing brackets.

You’ll find the brackets taped to the pool just inside the access panel that can be opened with a 10mm Allen Key.

It is essential these brackets are securely fixed to the floor with suitable hardware to immobilise the pool and prevent it from moving when empty.

Failure to secure the pool to the floor with the fixing brackets will endanger the end user and VOID the guarantee.

Locating and fixing the brackets

Step 1: All Models:

Mark the central position of the water birth pool on the wall that it is being fitted on.

Step 2:  Active Birth Pool – front fixing bracket

Measure 1220 mm from the centre point on the wall and mark this as the point to locate the bracket so that the long flat piece is projecting away from the wall and the raised short section faces forward into the room.

Fix the bracket to the floor using suitable hardware.

Front bracket right centre – Back bracket lower left

Step 2:  Active II Water Birth Pool – front fixing bracket

Measure 1330 mm from the centre point on the wall and mark this as the point to locate the bracket so that the long flat piece is projecting away from the wall and the raised short section faces forward into the room.

Fix the bracket to the floor using suitable hardware.

Front bracket right centre – Back bracket lower left and right

Step 2: Venus Birth Pool – front fixing bracket

Measure 1070 mm from the centre point on the wall and mark this as the point to locate the bracket so that the long flat piece is projecting away from the wall and raised short section faces forward into the room.

Fix the bracket to the floor using suitable hardware.

Front bracket right centre – Back bracket lower left

Step 2: Venus II Water Birth Pool

– front fixing bracket

Measure 1330 mm from the centre point on the wall and mark this as the point to locate the bracket so that the long flat piece is projecting away from the wall and the raised short section faces forward into the room.

Fix the bracket to the floor using suitable hardware.

Front bracket right centre – Back bracket lower left and rightt

Step 2: Princess Birth Pool Pool – front fixing bracket

Measure 1020 mm from the centre point on the wall and mark this as the point to locate the bracket so that the long flat piece is projecting away from the wall and raised short section faces forward into the room.

Fix the bracket to the floor using suitable hardware.

Front bracket right centre – Back bracket upper left

Step 3: All Models

Place the birth pool at least 60 mm away from the rear wall before moving it onto the bracket and flush against the wall.

Push the birth pool towards the wall so that the flange of the pool slides under the bracket.

This secures the front of the pool to the floor.

Step 4: All Models – back fixing bracket

The 2nd fixing bracket should be fixed in position on the bottom flange of the pool below the access panel as indicated in the images above.

You will see that a hole has been drilled in the flange. Line the bracket up with this hole. You can fix the pool to the floor with a raw plug and suitable hardware to guarantee that it is secure.

The long flat piece should be fixed to the floor with suitable hardware so that the short section is holding the flange securely to the floor.

Step 5: All Models

Seal the water birth pool to the floor and wall using a suitable sealant to prevent ingress of water and dirt.

Multi-Colour LED Lighting

Installation

Connect the light to a circuit breaker, then to the power supply.

The system should be protected by a 6 AMP RCD with 30 -32 MA Sensitivity.

The LED is transformed down to 12 volts and has a power rating of 2.5 watts.

A separate means of Isolation should be provided for future maintenance.

Operating voltage 220/230 volts – 50/60 hertz

Operating instructions

The system is operated by the control pad on the rim of the pool.

To activate the system press the button once.

The white light will come on.

To choose another colour continue to press the button and the system will cycle through the range of colours – light blue, blue, purple, magenta, red, pink, orange, yellow, apple green and green.

To turn the system off press and hold the button down for 2 seconds.

The light should be switched off when the pool is not in use.

Bluetooth Sound System

Connect the factory fitted bluetooth sound system to a circuit breaker and then to the power supply.

The system is always on standby waiting for users to pair and connect.

It’s operated directly from the users mobile phone or bluetooth enabled device and has no controls of its own.

N.B. If there is more than one birth pool with bluetooth sound being installed in the same unit you will need to fit a remote switch to enable the users to turn the system on and off.

This is to prevent people accidentally activating the system instead of the one in their room.

Transducer speaker

  • Frequency Range 20Hz-20KHz.
  • Maximum Power Output 50W at 4 Ohm.

Bluetooth Amplifier

  • Transmission Range 5m to 10m.
  • Maximum Power Output 2ch X 20W.
  • Operating voltage 220/230 volts – 50/60 hertz
  • Transformed Voltage 12 Volt DC / 3 amp.
  • Waterproof Rating IP67.

Cleaning and Care:

Safety comes 1st!

Active Birth Pools  are Rated No.1 for water safety and infection control standards.

This is because the material we use (Ficore) is 5 x harder than other materials and is immune to the effects of disinfection with 10,000ppm hypo-chlorite.

Seamless one-piece construction and the absence of surface mounted metal work deny micro-organisms the environment they need to propagate.

Active Birth Pools Cleaning and Disinfection Guidelines

This is a two-step procedure – first cleaning of the pool and surround, then disinfection of the pool and surround.

  1. Prior to emptying the pool remove debris and larger particles from the water with a sieve to prevent it from blocking or obstructing the outlet.
  1. Use the standard infection control precautions (plastic apron, disposable gloves and eye protection) when cleaning the pool. Ensure the area is well ventilated.
  1. Cleaning – use a non-abrasive detergeant with non-abrasive sponge or cloth to thoroughly clean the pool. Ensure the tap is cleaned first, so as not to transfer micro-organisms from the “dirty” pool area to the cleaner tap region. Rinse well with warm water.
  1. Disinfecting – use chlorclean or similar hypochlorite disinfectant following the directions on the packet for mixing the solution to the correct concentration for disinfecting the birth pool and surround.  Do not use bleach as it is highly corrosive and could cause damage to the fittings.
  1. Apply the solution to the tap and spout prior to disinfecting the pool.
  1. There are 3 methods for disinfecting the pool that are commonly used in hospitals:

1) Fill the pool with cold water and add the requisite amount of disinfectant – leave for ten minutes.

The advantage of this method is that it is 100% effective but wasteful of water, time consuming and uses a large amount of disinfectant

2) Make up 2-3 litres of solution and pour it around the inside of the rim. Then use a new disposable mop or cloth to spread the disinfectant over the surface of the pool. Leave for ten minutes.

The advantage of this method is that it is economic in terms of time and cost but relies upon the person carrying out the task to ensure that 100% of the pools surface is disinfected.

3) Fill a spray bottle with disinfectant and thoroughly spray the surface of the pool and surround. Then use a new disposable mop or cloth to spread the disinfectant over the surface of the pool. Leave for ten minutes.

The advantage of this method is that it is economic in terms of time and cost but relies upon the person carrying out the task to ensure that 100% of the pools surface is disinfected

  1. Open the drain outlet and empty the pool of the disinfectant.
  1. Using cold water, rinse the tap then the pool to remove all traces of the disinfectant, to prevent any residue being left on the pool surface.
  1. Dry the entire surface of the pool using a new cloth or disposable mop head.
  1. Keep the drain outlet closed when not in use.

If you are duty flushing the taps with hot water/steam add a few inches of cold water to the pool first.

Damage resulting from higher water temperatures, steam cleaning or use of products not approved by Active Birth Pools will not be covered by our guarantee.

Protocols from hospitals using Active Birth Pools.

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Cleaning and Care

Safety comes 1st!

Active Birth Pools  are Rated No.1 for water safety and infection control standards.

This is because the material we use (Ficore) is 5 x harder than other materials and is immune to the effects of disinfection with 10,000ppm hypo-chlorite.

Seamless one-piece construction and the absence of surface mounted metal work deny micro-organisms the environment they need to propagate.

Active Birth Pools Cleaning and Disinfection Guidelines

This is a two-step procedure – first cleaning of the pool and surround, then disinfection of the pool and surround.

  1. Prior to emptying the pool remove debris and larger particles from the water with a sieve to prevent it from blocking or obstructing the outlet.
  1. Use the standard infection control precautions (plastic apron, disposable gloves and eye protection) when cleaning the pool. Ensure the area is well ventilated.
  1. Cleaning – use a non-abrasive detergeant with non-abrasive sponge or cloth to thoroughly clean the pool. Ensure the tap is cleaned first, so as not to transfer micro-organisms from the “dirty” pool area to the cleaner tap region. Rinse well with warm water.
  1. Disinfecting – use chlorclean or similar hypochlorite disinfectant following the directions on the packet for mixing the solution to the correct concentration for disinfecting the birth pool and surround.Do not use bleach as it is highly corrosive and could cause damage to the fittings.
  1. Apply the solution to the tap and spout prior to disinfecting the pool.
  1. There are 3 methods for disinfecting the pool that are commonly used in hospitals:

1) Fill the pool with cold water and add the requisite amount of disinfectant – leave for ten minutes.

The advantage of this method is that it is 100% effective but wasteful of water, time consuming and uses a large amount of disinfectant

2) Make up 2-3 litres of solution and pour it around the inside of the rim. Then use a new disposable mop or cloth to spread the disinfectant over the surface of the pool. Leave for ten minutes.

The advantage of this method is that it is economic in terms of time and cost but relies upon the person carrying out the task to ensure that 100% of the pools surface is disinfected.

3) Fill a spray bottle with disinfectant and thoroughly spray the surface of the pool and surround. Then use a new disposable mop or cloth to spread the disinfectant over the surface of the pool. Leave for ten minutes.

The advantage of this method is that it is economic in terms of time and cost but relies upon the person carrying out the task to ensure that 100% of the pools surface is disinfected

  1. Open the drain outlet and empty the pool of the disinfectant.
  1. Using cold water, rinse the tap then the pool to remove all traces of the disinfectant, to prevent any residue being left on the pool surface.
  1. Dry the entire surface of the pool using a new cloth or disposable mop head.
  1. Keep the drain outlet closed when not in use.

Please note: If you want to use a product that is not chloride based please contact us for approval.

Damage resulting from higher water temperatures, steam cleaning or use of products not approved by Active Birth Pools will not be covered by our guarantee.

If you are duty flushing the taps with hot water/steam add 10cm of cold water to the pool first.

Protocols from hospitals using Active Birth Pools.

 

How to restore your old birth pool to pristine condition

We’ve been supplying water birth pools to hospitals since 1989.

Many of the pools we supplied in the 90’s are still in active service!

We occasionally receive reports that the pools are not looking as clean and bright as they originally were.

Not to worry.

There is a product called tide mark cleaner that was developed for spas and swimming pools.

You can either use it to remove stains or brighten up the appearance of the pool when necessary.

It will restore your pool to pristine condition.

Here’s a link:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Waterline-Cleaning-removes-lines-cleaner/dp/B006DFD7VK

Related information:

 

Educational Videos

“Freedom of Movement”

The simple, short video has garnered over 11,000,000 views on YouTube.

It shows how mothers instinctively relate to our pools and move naturally to find the most comfortable, supportive and beneficial positions.

Entering the pool  – the Active Birth Pools approach

The extra-wide rim and step unit make simple and safe for mothers to get in and out of our water birth pools.

Educational videos for midwives

Active Birth Pools sponsored these educational videos for All4 Maternity to help midwives gain knowledge and understanding about the use of water for labour and birth.

Emersion in water in labour and birth – Part One
Emersion in water in labour and birth – Part Two
For more videos + foreign language productions visit our YouTube Channel

Water Birth Safety Initiative

Hospitals in the United Kingdom began allowing women to use specially designed pools of water for labour and birth during the 1980’s.

The wide-spread popularity and acceptance of water birth pools as a standard part of the maternity care package necessitated the development of guidelines & regulations to define standards and ensure they’re met.

The United Kingdom Department of Health has published a panoply of water safety directives that apply to water birth pools.

Policies and recommendations set forth in the Water Birth Safety Initiative are based upon these publications.

The Water Birth Safety Initiative (WBSI) calls for development of international standards modelled on the UK’s so that women the world over can benefit from the use of water for labour and birth safeguarded from risk.

The WBSI calls for the implementation of stricter protocols and sets forth recommendations for equipment standards.

The guidelines set forth in the WBSI are intended to serve as a framework of standards for birth pool suppliers, hospitals and midwives to work with to establish  safe codes of practice.

Guidelines for Water Birth Pools Installed in Hospital

Water is more prone to bacteria growth after it leaves the public water distribution system and enters a building’s plumbing.

There it finds warmer temperatures, stagnation, and smaller pipes, valves and fittings.

Biofilm that forms on valves and fittings and pipe walls not only feeds bacteria but also protects them from the hot water and chlorine that typically would kill free-floating organisms.

Large systems with complex piping networks — like those found in hospitals, hotels and large apartment buildings — are especially prone to bacteria growth.15

Water Birth Pools that are installed in hospitals have the benefit of being maintained by staff to ensure that protocols are established, met and maintained.

Consideration and due diligence with regard to the prospective purchase of water birth pools and the assessment of pools already in use needs to be taken to ensure that the associated plumbing and electrical systems meet relevant safety standards.

The United Kingdom’s Department of Health and National Health Service has an exemplary safety record achieved by establishing rigorous sets of guidelines and regulations for the design, installation, use and maintenance (cleaning/disinfection) of water birth pools.

In the UK water birth pools are classed as a Category Fluid 5 water risk which represents a serious health hazard due to the concentration of pathogenic organisms, radioactive or very toxic substances, e.g. containing faecal material or other human waste; butchery or other animal waste or pathogens.

Water Birth Pools must be installed in compliance with water regulations as set forth in The Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999.11

The 7 sins of water safety

To ensure high standards are met it is strongly advised that you do not use a water birth pool that has any of these features:

  1. Overflow drains
  2. Internal water inlets
  3. Hand-held showers
  4. Systems with flexible hoses or extended pipes
  5. Integral or secondary plumbing systems
  6. Any type of recirculating or pumped water systems such as whirlpool, jacuzzi, spa, bubbling, filtering etc
  7. Heating systems

1) 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 installed on water birth pools as they constitute a constant infection control risk much more significant than the possible risk of damage due to water overflowing.11,12

Some digital taps on the market can be set for filling time thus obviating the risk of the pool overflowing.

2) Internal water inlets

Internal water inlets act in place of taps to fill the pool.

They are installed on the inside of the pool just above the water line and connected with pipework to a thermostatic valve.

If the water level rises there is a high risk of back flow enabling bacteria to enter the system creating a risk of cross infection.7

3) Handheld showers

Handheld showers present a significant infection control risk due to the fact that they can fall in the pool and 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. 13

Handheld showers present a Fluid Category 5 risk to the mains water supply.

It must not be possible to submerge the showerhead in the water due to risk of cross infection.

In order to comply with category 5 water regulations covering back siphonage, a class AUK3 air gap would be required, which generally prevents the use of handsets, unless there is a separate break tank installed in the hospital plumbing system.

4) Systems with flexible hoses or extended pipes

Systems that employ flexible piping, have branch pipes or hold stagnant water present a potential hazard and must not be used with water birth pools.

It is impossible to clean, disinfect or monitor these systems.

They have been proven to be a source of Legionella and Pseudomonas. 14

Weekly flushing recommendations recommended by the department of health cannot be executed with such systems, and the effectiveness of this cannot be monitored due to the inacessibility of the closed system.

5) Integral or secondary plumbing systems

Integral, secondary or proprietary plumbing systems are fitted to some water birth pools.

As these systems can employ flexible and non-flexible piping, overflow drains, handheld showers and are often pumped or recirculating they present a significant infection control risk and should be banned from use.

Regulations stipulate that water birth pools are filled from thermostatically controlled wall mounted mixer taps plumbed directly into the hospitals water supply with the minimum of pipework.

Not only do secondary or integral plumbing systems present unacceptable risks, they are impossible to clean, disinfect or monitor and therefore present an extremely high and unacceptable infection control risk.

They must not be present on pools used for labour and birth. 10

6) Recirculating or pumped water systems

Recirculating or pumped water systems such as whirlpool, jacuzzi, spa, bubbling, filtering etc. have the perfect environmental conditions to be a potential source for the growth of microorganisms, including legionella bacteria and must not be installed on water birth pools.

Water systems that are able produce aerosols represent the highest levels of risk.

Aerosols can be generated very easily when the water surface is broken -for example, by falling water droplets, splashing, or by bubbles breaking at the surface.

Once introduced to artificial water systems, Legionella can thrive in warm water (30 – 35 °C) and has been shown to be present on flexible seals and metal surfaces within plumbing systems used in domestic potable water supplies.

Inadequately maintained spa pools (birth pools with pumped or recirculating systems) provide ideal conditions to support the growth of legionellae and other microorganisms, which may then become aerosolised and subsequently inhaled.15


7) Heating systems

Heating systems for water birth pools are not necessary and present unacceptable infection control risks.7

There are two types of heating systems in use:

1. Recirculating system with a heat exchanger

Water is pumped out of the pool and through a heat exchanger and then flows back into the pool.

These systems present one of the highest infection control risks and should not be installed on a water birth pool under any circumstances. (covered by points 4, 5 and 6 above).

2. Electric heating systems

Similar to under floor heating found in homes do not present an infection control risk.

But, they do present an unacceptable health and safety risk and should therefore not be installed in water birth pools.

These systems consist of a network of cables embedded in the fabric of the birth pool that are attached to the power supply through a thermostat.

The heat is transmitted from the cables through the floor of the pool and then transferred to the water.

The inherent problem with these systems is that the water is relied on to take the heat away from the material.

If a woman remains motionless the heat becomes concentrated and a “hotspot” develops which can result in the woman being burned.

Recommendations

Plumbing for filling and emptying water birth pools should be simple, straight forward and kept to the minimum.

A set of taps (see below) mounted on the wall 15cm above the rim and a drainage system similar to that of a normal bath is all that is required.

Rim mounted taps present two areas of risk:

1. Women may hit their head on taps that are mounted on the rim of the pool causing injury.

In the throes of labour a woman is not as cognisant of her surroundings as she normally is.

She needs to be protected from the potential harm that could result from hitting her head or other part of her body on the spout.

2. Risk to the taps and pool caused by the labouring woman grabbing onto the spout for support could easily cause damage to the fitting or fabric of the pool.

Filling the birth pool

Water Birth Pools should be filled directly from the hospitals main water supply through a ¾ Thermostatic Mixing Valve (TMV).

To comply with UK National Health Service regulations the valve must have TMV3 approval for use in Healthcare and Commercial situations and certify that it conforms to the performance requirements of the Department of Health.16

To kill legionella and other bacteria, water in hospitals systems is heated to 60 – 80 °C.

Water temperature entering the birth pool should be limited by the TMV to 44 °C to prevent scalding.

The added benefit of using a TMV connected directly to the hospitals main water supply is that it can be set to automatically flush itself of stagnant water twice a day and be thermally disinfected periodically.

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The use of a TMV ensures a safe water supply.

Digital thermostatic mixing valves with enhanced thermal performance that incorporate these features are ideal:

1) Programmable control to accurately mix and maintain the temperature of the water flowing into the birth pool and limit the temperature of the water to 44 °C to prevent scalding.17

2) Programmable fill duration to fill the pool to the desired depth and then turn off.

This is important as water birth pools are not allowed to have overflow drains installed and this feature will prevent the pool from overflowing when unattended.

3) Programmable duty flushing to ensure that water does not stagnate within the tap and associated pipe work, effectively controlling the multiplication of legionella & other bacteria in infrequently used outlets.

Flushing duration is in line with HSE L8 recommendations.18

4) Programmable high-temperature thermal disinfection to destroy the proteins in viruses and bacteria and render them as dead or inert.

Thermal disinfection works by achieving a moist heat which is set at a specific temperature for a set amount of time.

Viruses and bacteria are very sensitive to heat and they will die if exposed to higher temperatures. 19

Emptying the Pool

Water from a birth pool needs to be treated as Fluid category 5 waste representing a serious health hazard due to the concentration of pathogenic organisms derived from fecal material or other human waste and emptied directly into the hospital’s waste water system.20

The pipework needs to have a trap or U bend fit as close to the waste/drain as possible.

The drainage fitting or waste should seal neatly into the drain.

The drainage fitting should be cleaned and flushed through with disinfectant and then dried as part of the cleaning protocol.

The waste should be kept closed when the pool is not in use.

There should be NO flexible pipe used in the drainage pipework.21

The waste should be remotely operated (i.e. pop up waste with rim mounted control) and of the best quality, preferably high-grade brass, to resist the corrosive action of chlorides and other disinfectants.

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End notes

The Water Birth Safety Initiative was conceived by Keith Brainin to motivate and enable birth pool suppliers and health care professionals to raise standards and implement protocols to make water birth safe.

References

[1] Healio – Infectious Disease News. (2014, December 26). Legionellosis death after water birth sparks call for stricter infection control protocols. http://www.healio.com/infectious-disease/practice management/news/online/%7Bfe352169-755d-4d21-9bb2-abb8ae209f89%7D/legionellosis-death-after-water-birth-sparks-call-for-stricter-infection-control-protocols

[2] Inquisitr. (2015, January 16). Oregon Water Birth Leaves Baby Disabled, Lawsuit Wants Labor Options Banned. http://www.inquisitr.com/1761136/oregon-water-birth-leaves-baby-disabled-lawsuits-wants-labor-options-banned/

[3] GOV.UK. Alert after Legionnaires’ disease case in baby, 2014. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/alert-after-legionnaires-disease-case-in-baby

[4] The Guardian. Legionnaires’ disease in baby is linked to heated birthing pool, June 17, 2014.http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jun/17/legionnaires-disease-heated-birthing-pool-baby-public-health

[5] Guidance from the  Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) https://www.wras.co.uk/consumers/advice_for_consumers/what_are_the_water_regulations_/

[6] M.W. LeChevallier, 2003 World Health Organization (WHO). Conditions favouring coliform and HPC bacterial growth in drinking- water and on water contact surfaces. Heterotrophic Plate Counts and Drinking-water Safety. Edited by J. Bartram, J. Cotruvo, M. Exner, C. Fricker, A. Glasmacher. Published by IWA Publishing, London, UK. ISBN: 1 84339 025 6.

[7] www.gov.uk. Public Health England advice on home birthing pools, 2014.  https://www.gov.uk/government/news/public-health-england-advice-on-home-birthing-pools

[8] Health and Safety Executive. (2013). Legionnaires’ disease: Technical guidance [3.4], 2013. http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/hsg274part3.pdf

[9] United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust UK. Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization Guidelines for Re-Usable Medical Devices 2010.
http://www.activebirthpools.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Lincolnshire-CLEANING-DISINFECTION-AND-STERILIZATION-GUIDELINES-FOR-RE-USABLE-MEDICAL-DEVICES.pdf

[10] http://www.eurosurveillance.org. Case of legionnaires’ disease in a neonate following an home birth in a heated birthing pool. England, June 2014 http://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=20857

[11] Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS). Fluid Categories. https://www.wras.co.uk/consumers/resources/glossary/fluid_categories/

[12] WHBN 00-10 Welsh Health Building Note. Part C: Sanitary assemblies2014, http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sites3/documents/254/WHBN%2000-10%20Part%20C.pdf

[13] Department of Health, Children, young people and maternity services. Health Building Note 09-02: Maternity care facilities, 2009.
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/147876/HBN_09-02_Final.pdf

[14] Freije, Matthew R. Some waterborne bacteria are tough, 2010. http://www.watertechonline.com/articles/some-waterborne-bacteria-are-tough

[15] Woolnough, Kevin. Legionella Expert Calls for Greater Vigilance, 2014. http://www.eurofins.co.uk/news-archive/legionella-expert-calls-for-greater-vigilance.aspx

[16] BEAMA. TMV Standards and regulations, 2013. http://www.beama.org.uk/en/product-areas/heating-hot-water–air-movement/thermostatic-mixing-valves/tmva-faqs-on-thermostatic-mixing-valves/tmv-standards-and-regulations.cfm

[17] Health and Safety Executive. Managing the risks from hot water and surfaces in health and social care, 2012. http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/hsis6.pdf

[18] Health and Safety Executive. Legionnaires’ disease The control of legionella bacteria in water systems, 2013. http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/l8.pdf

[19] Health and Safety Executive. Managing legionella in hot and cold water systems. http://www.hse.gov.uk/healthservices/legionella.htm

[20] SMS Environmental – the water experts. Fluid Categories. http://www.sms-environmental.co.uk/fluid_categories.html.

[21] Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. Legionella Management and Control Procedures, 2014.

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The buoyancy of water helps mothers benefit from upright positions

Studies have shown that upright labour positions are associated with a reduced second stage, fewer episiotomies or instrumental intervention in contrast to mothers labouring on their backs.

Many women also feel empowered in an upright position, and experience a sense of control over their labour.

On land women need to contend with the force of gravity that limits their ability to assume upright postures especially as labour progresses and they feel tired.

Many women do not have the fitness or stamina to maintain upright postures for lengths of time.

The transition from the land to water helps revive and energise the mother giving her a new lease on life and sense of purpose.

The buoyancy of water supports the mother reducing her relative weight by approx. 33% (Archimedes Principle) allowing her to easily explore the full range of beneficial upright positions in comfort and move in ways that were not possible on land.

The space, depth and design features of Active Birth Pools allow women to move freely to find and be supported in the upright positions that are most comfortable and beneficial for a physiological labour to unfold.

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O pináculo do design e desenvolvimento das piscinas de nascimento

As nossas premiadas piscinas de parto com água de qualidade hospitalar têm estado no topo do mercado há mais de 35 anos!

Facultam higiene e segurança incomparáveis a um valor imbatível, melhores resultados e desempenho superior.

São feitas à mão por encomenda na Inglaterra, concebidas para durar décadas com uma garantia vitalícia.

“O pináculo do design e desenvolvimento das piscinas de nascimento.
Uma combinação incomparável de design, materiais e manufatura”
Prémios Building Better Healthcare

Ajudamos no pioneiro uso da água para o trabalho de parto e para o nascimento, criando o design das piscinas que tornaram possível esta revolução nos cuidados de maternidade.

Desde 1987, que fornecemos milhares de banheiras de parto a hospitais do mundo inteiro e que estabelecemos uma reputação de qualidade e serviço.

As mães e parteiras adoram as nossas piscinas de parto na água porque são incrivelmente confortáveis, práticas e fáceis de usar.

Os hospitais adquirem as nossas piscinas porque elas têm um desempenho superior, e proporcionam uma segurança inigualável a um preço imbatível.

Alcançamos o sucesso inovando continuamente, mantendo tudo simples e focando-nos nos nossos princípios fundamentais de segurança, valor e desempenho.

O nosso conhecimento inigualável e a nossa vasta experiência permitem-nos providenciar banheiras de nascimento que minimizem o risco, otimizem resultados e maximizem o valor.

Os juízes afirmaram que, “a combinação de evidências baseadas no design ergonómico centrado na utilizadora, os materiais especializados e a manufatura personalizada resultaram em piscinas de nascimento na água que estavam verdadeiramente numa classe própria”

As Banheiras de Nascimento Active são feitas à mão por artesãos altamente qualificados na Inglaterra e são enviadas para o mundo inteiro.

São fabricadas num material protegido por direitos de propriedade denominado Ficore®, uma resina composta com propriedades extraordinárias.

Este curto e simples vídeo obteve perto de 12.000.000 visualizações no YouTube. Mostra como as mães se identificam instintivamente com as nossas piscinas e se movem naturalmente para encontrarem as posições mais confortáveis e mais benéficas.

Se está à procura duma banheira de parto na água, nós somos excecionalmente qualificados e teremos todo o prazer em ajudar.
Descubra porquê.

Tem interesse em saber mais acerca do parto na água ou como pode montar uma banheira de parto na água?
Visite o nosso Centro Educativo.

 

“वॉटर बर्थ पूल डिज़ाइन और विकास का शिखर।

हमारा पुरस्कार-विजेता हॉस्पिटल ग्रेड वॉटर बर्थ पूल 35 सालों से भी ज़्यादा समय से मार्केट में टॉप पर है!

ये बेमिसाल स्वच्छता और सुरक्षा, बेजोड़ मूल्य, बेहतर परिणाम और सबसे अच्छा प्रदर्शन प्रदान करते हैं।

इन्हें इंग्लैंड में मांग के आधार पर बनाया जाता है, जो दशकों तक चलते हैं और इनकी जीवन भर की गारंटी है।

वॉटर बर्थ पूल डिज़ाइन और विकास का शिखर।

डिज़ाइन, सामग्रियों और निर्माण का बेजोड़ मेल”

बिल्डिंग बेटर हेल्थकेयर अवॉर्ड्स

हमने प्रसूति देखभाल में इस क्रांति को संभव बनाने वाले पूलों को डिज़ाइन करके प्रसव और जन्म के लिए पानी के इस्तेमाल को आगे बढ़ाने में मदद की।

1987 से हमने दुनिया भर के अस्पतालों में हज़ारों बर्थिंग पूलों की आपूर्ति की है और गुणवत्ता व सेवा के लिए एक प्रतिष्ठा स्थापित की है।

माओं और दाइयों को हमारे बर्थ पूल बहुत पसंद आते हैं क्योंकि ये बेहद आरामदायक, व्यावहारिक और प्रयोग में आसान हैं।

अस्पताल हमारे पूल इसलिए ख़रीदते हैं क्योंकि ये बेहतरीन प्रदर्शन, बेजोड़ सुरक्षा और बेमिसाल महत्व प्रदान करते हैं।

हमने लगातार नए परिवर्तन करके, चीज़ों को सरल बनाये रखकर और हमारे सुरक्षा, मूल्य और प्रदर्शन के मूलभूत सिद्धांतों पर ध्यान केंद्रित करके सफलता हासिल की है।

हमारा बेजोड़ ज्ञान और अनुभव का ख़ज़ाना हमें ऐसे वॉटर बर्थ पूल प्रदान करने में समर्थ करता है, जो जोखिम कम करते हैं, परिणामों को अनुकूल बनाते हैं और महत्व बढ़ाते हैं।

निर्णायकों ने कहा कि, “साक्ष्य-आधारित, प्रयोगकर्ता पर केंद्रित, सुविधाजनक डिज़ाइन, विशेषीकृत सामग्रियों और
शानदार निर्माण के संयोजन के परिणामस्वरूप वॉटर बर्थ पूल की शुरुआत हुई थी
, जो अपने आपमें बेमिसाल थे।”

सक्रिय बर्थ पूलों को ऑर्डर करने पर इंग्लैंड के बेहद कुशल कारीगरों द्वारा बनाया जाता है और दुनिया भर में भेजा जाता है।

ये Ficore® नामक मालिकाना सामग्री से निर्मित किये जाते हैं, जो असाधारण गुणों वाला कम्पोज़िट रेज़िन है।

इस छोटे से साधारण वीडियो को यूट्यूब पर लगभग 12,000,000 बार देखा गया है।
यह दिखाता है कि कैसे मायें हमारे पूल से सहज रूप से जुड़ जाती हैं और सबसे सहज व लाभदायक
स्थितियों का पता लगाने के लिए स्वाभाविक तरीके से जगह बदलती हैं।

यदि आप वॉटर बर्थ पूल की तलाश में हैं तो हम विशेष रूप से आपको सेवा प्रदान करने के योग्य हैं।

इसका कारण जानें।

वॉटर बर्थ या वॉटर बर्थ सुविधा सेटअप करने के बारे में ज़्यादा जानना चाहते हैं?

हमारे शैक्षिक केंद्र पर जाएं।

 

 

 

Vesisynnytysaltaiden muotoilun ja kehityksen huippu

Palkitut sairaalatason vesisynnytysaltaat ovat olleet markkinajohtaja yli 35 vuoden ajan!

Ne tarjoavat verratonta hygieniaa ja turvallisuutta, voittamatonta arvoa, parempia tuloksia sekä ylivoimaista suorituskykyä.

Altaat valmistetaan käsin tilaustyönä Englannissa, joten ne kestävät vuosikymmeniä ja niillä on elinikäinen takuu.

Vesisynnytysaltaiden muotoilun ja kehityksen huippu.
Ennennäkemätön yhdistelmä suunnittelua, materiaaleja ja valmistusta” Building Better Healthcare Awards

Autoimme mullistamaan veden käytön synnytyksessä suunnittelemalla altaita, jotka mahdollistivat tämän äitiyshoidon vallankumouksen.

Vuodesta 1987 lähtien olemme toimittaneet tuhansia synnytysaltaita sairaaloihin ympäri maailmaa ja meillä on vahva laadun ja palvelun maine.

Äidit ja kätilöt rakastavat vesisynnytysaltaitamme, koska ne ovat erittäin mukavia, käytännöllisiä ja helppokäyttöisiä.

Sairaalat ostavat altaitamme, koska ne tarjoavat erinomaista suoriutumista, verratonta turvallisuutta ja voittamatonta arvoa.

Olemme saavuttaneet menestystä jatkuvalla innovaatiolla, pitämällä asiat yksinkertaisina ja keskittymällä turvallisuuden, arvon ja suorituskyvyn periaatteisiin.

Verraton tietämyksemme ja kokemuksemme auttavat meitä toimittamaan vesisynnytysaltaita, jotka minimoivat riskejä, optimoivat tuloksia ja maksimoivat arvoa.

Tuomarit sanoivat: “Todisteiseen perustuvan, käyttäjäkeskeisen, ergonomisen muotoilun, erikoismateriaalien
ja räätälöidyn valmistuksen yhdistelmä on johtanut täysin uuteen synnytysaltaiden luokkaan”

Active Birth Pools -synnytysaltaat ovat erittäin taitavien käsityöläisten tilaustyönä valmistamia Englannissa ja niitä toimitetaan maailmanlaajuisesti.

Altaat valmistetaan patentoidusta Ficore®-komposiittihartsimateriaalista, jolla on poikkeukselliset ominaisuudet.

Tämä lyhyt ja yksinkertainen video on saanut lähes 12 miljoonaa katselukertaa YouTubessa.
Siinä näytetään kuinka äidit vaistomaisesti sopeutuvat altaisiimme
ja liikkuvat luonnollisesti löytääkseen mukavimmat ja hyödyllisimmät asennot.

Jos etsit vesisynnytysallasta, olemme ainutlaatuisen päteviä tehtävään.
Selvitä siihen syy.

Haluatko oppia lisää vesisynnytyksestä tai miten asentaa vesisynnytyslaitos?
Käy koulutuskeskuksessamme.

 

 

Den främsta designen och utvecklingen av pooler för vattenförlossning

Våra prisbelönta förlossningspooler av sjukhuskvalitet har varit bäst på marknaden i över 35 år!

De ger oöverträffad hygien och säkerhet, oslagbart värde, bättre resultat och överlägsen prestanda.

De tillverkas för hand på beställning i England, är byggda för att hålla i årtionden och har en livstidsgaranti.

“Den främsta designen och utvecklingen av pooler för vattenförlossning.
En oöverträffad kombination av design, material och tillverkning.”
Utmärkelser för att bygga bättre hälsovård

Vi hjälpte till att vara pionjärer inom vattenförlossning genom att konstruera de pooler som möjliggjorde denna revolution inom förlossningsvården.

Sedan 1987 har vi levererat tusentals förlossningspooler till sjukhus runt om i världen och skapat oss ett gott rykte för kvalitet och service.

Mödrar och barnmorskor älskar våra förlossningspooler eftersom de är otroligt bekväma, praktiska och lätta att använda.

Sjukhusen köper våra pooler för att de ger överlägsen prestanda, oöverträffad säkerhet och oslagbart värde.

Vi har nått framgång genom att ständigt förnya oss, hålla saker och ting enkla och fokusera på våra kärnprinciper om säkerhet, värde och prestanda.

Vår oöverträffade kunskap och erfarenhet gör det möjligt för oss att erbjuda förlossningspooler som minimerar riskerna, optimerar resultaten och maximerar värdet.

Domarna ansåg att “kombinationen av evidensbaserad, användarcentrerad, ergonomisk design, specialiserade material och skräddarsydd tillverkning. hade resulterat i förlossningspooler som verkligen var i en klass för sig.”

Active Birth Pools är handgjorda på beställning av skickliga hantverkare i England och levereras över hela världen.

De tillverkas i ett patenterat material som kallas Ficore®, ett kompositharts med extraordinära egenskaper.

Denna korta, enkla video har fått nästan 12 000 000 visningar på YouTube. Den visar hur mödrar instinktivt förhåller
sig till våra pooler och rör sig naturligt för att hitta de mest bekväma och fördelaktiga positionerna.

Om du letar efter en förlossningspool är vi unikt kvalificerade för att hjälpa dig.
Ta reda på varför.

Vill du veta mer om vattenförlossning eller hur du kan inrätta en anläggning för vattenförlossning?
Besök vårt utbildningscenter.

 

Toppen af design og udvikling af vandfødselsbassiner

I mere end 35 år har vores prestigefyldte hospitalsbaserede vandfødselsbassiner domineret industrien!

De tilbyder uovertruffen renlighed, sikkerhed og værdi, samt bedre resultater og overlegen ydeevne.

De er håndlavede på bestilling i England, designet til at holde i årtier og kommer med livstidsgaranti.

“Toppen af design og udvikling af vandfødselsbassiner.
En uforlignelig kombination af design, materialer og fremstilling” 

Building Better Healthcare Awards

Ved at skabe de bassiner, der muliggjorde denne revolution inden for barselspleje, bidrog vi til udviklingen af brugen af vand under fødsel og fødsel.

Siden 1987 har vi forsynet hospitaler over hele verden med tusindvis af fødselskar, hvilket har opnået et ry for at være fremragende inden for både produkt og service.

Vores vandfødselsbassiner er en favorit blandt mødre og jordemødre, fordi de er så hyggelige, nyttige og nemme at bruge.

Vores pools er udvalgt af hospitaler, fordi de tilbyder uovertruffen ydeevne, uovertruffen sikkerhed og uovertruffen værdi.

Ved konsekvent at innovere, holde tingene ligetil og koncentrere sig om vores vejledende principper om sikkerhed, værdi og ydeevne, har vi fundet succes.

Vores uovertrufne viden og væld af erfaring gør os til at levere vandfødselsbassiner, der minimerer risikoen, optimerer resultater og maksimerer værdien.

Dommerne sagde, at “Kombinationen af bevisbaseret, brugercentreret, ergonomisk design, specialiserede
materialer og skræddersyet fremstilling havde resulteret i vandfødselsbassiner, der virkelig var i en klasse for sig”

Aktive fødselspools er håndlavet på bestilling af højt kvalificerede håndværkere i England og sendes til hele verden.

De er fremstillet i et proprietært materiale kaldet Ficore®, en kompositharpiks med ekstraordinære egenskaber.

Denne korte, enkle video har fået tæt på 12.000.000 visninger på YouTube.

Det viser, hvordan mødre forholder sig instinktivt til vores pools og bevæger sig naturligt for at finde de mest behagelige og gavnlige stillinger.

Hvis du leder efter en vandfødselsbassin, er vi unikt kvalificeret til at stå til rådighed.
Find ud af hvorfor.

Interesseret i at finde ud af mere om vandfødsel, eller hvordan man opretter en vandfødselsfacilitet?
Besøg vores uddannelsescenter.

 

 

 

L’apice del design e dello sviluppo delle piscine per il parto

Le nostre piscine premiate per il parto in acqua di livello ospedaliero sono le migliori sul mercato da oltre 35 anni!

Garantiscono igiene e sicurezza senza pari, un valore imbattile, risultati migliori e una performance superiore.

Sono fatte a mano su ordinazione in Inghilterra, costruite per durare decenni e garantite per tutta la vita.

“L’apice del design e dello sviluppo delle piscine per il parto.
Una combinazione senza pari di design, materiali e produzione”
Building Better Healthcare Awards

Siamo stati fra i pionieri nell’uso dell’acqua per il travaglio e il parto progettando le piscine che hanno reso possibile questa rivoluzione nell’assistenza alla maternità.

Dal 1987 abbiamo fornito migliaia di piscine per il travaglio agli ospedali di tutto il mondo e ci siamo costruiti una reputazione per la nostra qualità e il nostro servizio.

Madri e ostetriche amano le nostre vasche per il parto in acqua perché sono incredibilmente comode, pratiche e facili da usare.

Gli ospedali comprano le nostre vasche perché garantiscono una performance superiore, una sicurezza senza pari e un valore imbattibile.

Abbiamo ottenuto il successo continuando a innovarci, tenendo le cose semplici e concentrandoci sui nostri principi fondamentali: sicurezza, valore e performance.

La nostra conoscenza senza pari e la grande esperienza ci consentono di fornire vasche per il parto che riducono i rischi, ottimizzano i risultati e massimizzano il valore.

I giudici hanno detto che “La combinazione del design basato sugli studi, incentrato sull’utente ed ergonomico, dei materiali specialistici e della produzione su misura è risultata in piscine da parto di livello superiore”

Le Active Birth Pools sono fatte a mano su ordinazione da artigiani esperti in Inghilterra e vengono spedite in tutto il mondo.

Sono prodotte con un materiale proprietario chiamato Ficore®, una resina composita con proprietà straordinarie.

 

Questo breve e semplice video ha ottenuto quasi 12.000.000 di visualizzazioni su YouTube.
Mostra come le madri si trovino istintivamente a loro agio nelle nostre piscine e si muovano naturalmente per trovare le posizioni più comode e benefiche.

Se stai cercando una piscina da travaglio, abbiamo delle qualifiche uniche per esserti d’aiuto.
Scopri il perché.

Vorresti scoprire di più sul parto in acqua o su come prepararti per un parto in acqua?
Visita il nostro Centro Educativo.

 

Het summum van ontwerp en ontwikkeling van een bevallingsbad

Onze bekroonde bevallingsbaden van ziekenhuiskwaliteit zijn al meer dan 35 jaar de allerbeste op de markt!
Ze zijn hygiënisch en veilig, bieden een onovertroffen waarde, betere resultaten en superieure prestaties.
Ze worden in Engeland op bestelling met de hand gemaakt en zijn gebouwd om niet jaren maar een leven lang mee te gaan.

“Het summum van ontwerp en ontwikkeling van een bevallingsbad.

De perfecte combinatie van ontwerp, materialen en fabricage” 
Building Better Healthcare Awards

Wij hielpen bij de eerste ontwikkelingen van het gebruik van water bij een bevalling en een geboorte. Door speciale bevalbaden te ontwerpen, kwam deze revolutie in de kraamzorg op gang.

Sinds 1987 hebben we al duizenden bevallingsbaden aan ziekenhuizen over de hele wereld geleverd en hebben we op het gebied van kwaliteit en service een geweldige reputatie opgebouwd.

Moeders, verloskundigen en vroedvrouwen zijn dol op onze bevallingsbaden omdat ze ongelooflijk comfortabel, praktisch en gebruiksvriendelijk zijn.

Ziekenhuizen kopen onze bevalbaden omdat ze superieur presteren, ongeëvenaard veilig zijn en een onovertroffen waarde leveren.

We hebben succes geboekt door voortdurend te innoveren, de zaken eenvoudig te houden en ons te concentreren op onze kernprincipes: veiligheid, waarde en prestaties.

Onze ongeëvenaarde kennis en schat aan ervaring stellen ons in staat om bevalbaden te bieden, die de risico’s minimaliseren, de resultaten optimaliseren en de waarde maximaliseren.

Het oordeel van de jury was dat “de combinatie van een op bewijs gebaseerd, gebruikersgericht, ergonomisch ontwerp, gespecialiseerde materialen en de op maat gemaakte fabricage heeft geresulteerd in bevalbaden, die echt een klasse apart zijn”

Active Birth Pools worden op bestelling door zeer bekwame vakmensen in Engeland met de hand gemaakt en wereldwijd verzonden.

Ze worden vervaardigd van een gepatenteerd materiaal Ficore® genaamd, wat een composiethars is met buitengewone eigenschappen.

Deze korte, eenvoudige video is al bijna 12.000.000 keer op YouTube bekeken.

Het laat duidelijk zien hoe instinctief het lichaam van de moeder doet wat het moet doen en natuurlijk beweegt om de meest comfortabele en voordelige posities te kunnen vinden.

Als je op zoek bent naar een gekwalificeerd waterbevallingsbad, zijn onze bevalbaden perfect om je van dienst te zijn.

Ontdek hier waarom.

Wil je graag meer weten over een waterbevalling of het opzetten van een voorziening voor een bevallingsbad?

Bezoek ons Educatief Centrum.

 

 

ذروة تصميم حوض الولادة وتطويره

احتلت أحواض الولادة -في المستشفيات الحائزة على جوائز- المرتبة الأولى في السوق لأكثر من 35 عامًا!

فهي توفر نظافة وأمان لا مثيل لهما ، وقيمة لا تضاهى ، ونتائج أفضل وأداء متفوق.

يتم تصنيعها يدويًا حسب الطلب في إنجلترا ، وتم إنشاؤها لتستمر لعقود ومضمونة مدى الحياة.

” ذروة تصميم حوض الولادة وتطويره.
مزيج لا يضاهى من التصميم والخامات والتصنيع ”
يسمح بجوائز رعاية صحية أفضل

 

لقد ساعدنا في الريادة في استخدام المياه في الولادة من خلال تصميم أحواض المياة التي جعلت هذه الثورة في رعاية الأمهات ممكنة.
لقد قمنا بتزويد المستشفيات حول العالم بالآلاف من أحواض الولادة منذ عام 1987 ، وأرسينا سمعة طيبة من حيث الجودة والخدمة.

تحب الأمهات والدايات أحواض الولادة لدينا لأنها مريحة بشكل لا يصدق وعملية وسهلة الاستخدام.

تشتري المستشفيات أحواض الولادة الخاصة بنا لأنها تقدم أداءً فائقًا وأمانًا لا مثيل له وقيمة لا تضاهى.

لقد حققنا النجاح من خلال الابتكار المستمر ، والحفاظ على الأشياء بسيطة والتركيز على مبادئنا الأساسية للسلامة والقيمة والأداء.

تمكننا معرفتنا وخبراتنا التي لا مثيل لها من توفير أحواض ولادة تقلل المخاطر وتحسن النتائج وتعظم القيمة.

قال الحكام: “أدى الجمع بين التصميم المتقن والمريح المرتكز على المستخدم والمواد الخام المصنعة منها حسب الطلب إلى إنتاج أحواض ولادة حقاً راقية في حد ذاتها”

أحواض الولادة مصنوعة يدويًا بواسطة حرفيين ذوي مهارات عالية في إنجلترا. يمكن طلبها و شحنها إلى جميع أنحاء العالم.

يتم تصنيعها من خامات ذو خصائص غير عادية تسمى Ficore® ، وهو مركب من عناصر مختلفة مدمجة كيميائياً تعالج بالحرارة.

حصد هذا الفيديو القصير والبسيط ما يقرب من 12.000.000 مشاهدة على يوتيوب.

إنه يوضح كيف ترتبط الأمهات بشكل غريزي بأحواضنا ويستخدمونه للحصول على موضع أكثر راحة وفائدة.

إذا كنت تبحث عن حوض ولادة مائي ، فنحن مؤهلون بشكل فريد لتقديم الخدمة.

اعرف لماذا.

هل أنت مهتم بمعرفة المزيد عن الولادة في الأحواض المائية أو كيفية إنشاء مرفق للولادة في الماء؟

قم بزيارة مركزنا التعليمي.

Der Höhepunkt der Entwicklung und des Designs von Wassergeburtsbecken

Unsere preisgekrönten Wasserentbindungsbecken in Krankenhausqualität sind seit über 35 Jahren Marktführer!

Sie bieten unvergleichliche Hygiene und Sicherheit, ein unschlagbares Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis, bessere Ergebnisse und überlegene Leistung.

Sie werden auf Bestellung in England von Hand gefertigt, sind für Jahrzehnte konzipiert und haben eine lebenslange Garantie.

“Der Höhepunkt der Entwicklung und des Designs von Wassergeburtsbecken.

Eine unvergleichliche Kombination von Design, Materialien und Herstellung” 
Building Better Healthcare Awards

 

Wir waren Wegbereiter für den Einsatz von Wasser bei Wehen und Geburten, indem wir Becken entwarfen, die diese Revolution in der Geburtshilfe erst möglich machten.

Seit 1987 haben wir Tausende von Entbindungsbecken an Krankenhäuser in aller Welt geliefert und uns einen guten Ruf für Qualität und Service erworben.

Mütter und Hebammen lieben unsere Wassergeburtsbäder, weil sie unglaublich bequem, praktisch und einfach zu bedienen sind.

Krankenhäuser kaufen unsere Becken, da sie überragende Leistung, unvergleichliche Sicherheit und einen unschlagbaren Wert bieten.

Wir sind erfolgreich, da wir stets innovativ bleiben, die Dinge einfach halten und uns auf unsere Kernprinzipien Sicherheit, Wert und Leistung besinnen.

Unser unübertroffenes Wissen und unser Erfahrungsschatz ermöglichen es uns, Wassergeburtsbecken anzubieten, die das Risiko minimieren, die Ergebnisse optimieren und den Wert maximieren.

Die Preisrichter sagten: “Die Kombination aus evidenzbasiertem, nutzerzentriertem, ergonomischem Design, speziellen Materialien und maßgeschneiderter Fertigung hat zu einem Wassergeburtsbecken geführt, das wirklich eine Klasse für sich darstellt.

Geburtsbecken werden auf Bestellung von hochqualifizierten Handwerkern in England handgefertigt und in die ganze Welt verschickt.

Sie werden aus dem firmeneigenen Material Ficore® hergestellt, einem Kompositharz mit außergewöhnlichen Eigenschaften.

Dieses kurze, einfache Video wurde auf YouTube bereits fast 12.000.000 Mal aufgerufen.

Es zeigt, wie Mütter instinktiv mit unseren Becken umgehen und sich natürlich bewegen, um die bequemsten und vorteilhaftesten Positionen zu finden.

 

Wenn Sie auf der Suche nach einem Wassergeburtsbecken sind, sind wir besonders qualifiziert, Ihnen zu helfen.
Finden Sie heraus, warum.

Möchten Sie mehr über Wassergeburten erfahren oder wissen, wie Sie eine Wassergeburtsstation einrichten können?
Besuchen Sie unser Bildungszentrum.

 

Toppen av vannfødselsbasseng design og utvikling

Våre prisbelønte vannfødselsbassenger av sykehuskvalitet har vært på toppen av markedet i over 35 år!
De gir uovertruffen hygiene og sikkerhet, uslåelig verdi, bedre resultater og overlegen ytelse.
De er laget for hånd i England ved bestilling, bygget for å vare i flere tiår og garantert for livet.

“Toppen av vannfødselsbasseng design og utvikling. En uforlignelig kombinasjon av design, materialer og produksjon” Building Better Healthcare Awards

Vi var med på å pionere bruken av vann til fødsel ved å designe bassengene som gjorde denne revolusjonen i barselomsorgen mulig.

Siden 1987 har vi levert tusenvis av fødselsbassenger til sykehus rundt om i verden og etablert et rykte for kvalitet og service.

Mødre og jordmødre elsker vannfødselsbassengene våre fordi de er utrolig komfortable, praktiske og enkle å bruke.

Sykehus kjøper bassengene våre fordi de leverer overlegen ytelse, uovertruffen sikkerhet og uslåelig verdi.

Vi har oppnådd suksess ved å kontinuerlig innovere, holde ting enkelt og fokusere på våre kjerneprinsipper for sikkerhet, verdi og ytelse.

Vår enestående kunnskap og vell av erfaring gjør det mulig for oss å tilby vannfødselsbassenger som minimerer risiko, optimaliserer resultater og maksimerer verdien.

Dommerne sa at “Kombinasjonen av evidensbasert, brukersentrert, ergonomisk design, spesialiserte materialer og skreddersydd produksjon har resultert i vannfødselsbassenger som virkelig er i en klasse for seg selv”

Aktive fødselsbassenger er håndlaget på bestilling av dyktige håndverkere i England og sendes over hele verden.

De er fremstilt i et proprietært materiale kalt Ficore®, en komposittharpiks med ekstraordinære egenskaper.

Denne korte, enkle videoen har fått nærmere 12 000 000 visninger på YouTube. Det viser hvordan mødre forholder seg instinktivt til bassengene våre og beveger seg for å finne de mest komfortable og fordelaktige stillingene.

Hvis du leter etter et vannfødselsbasseng, er vi unikt kvalifisert til å være til tjeneste.
Finn ut hvorfor.

Interessert i å finne ut mer om vannfødsel eller hvordan sette opp et vannfødselsanlegg?
Besøk vårt utdanningssenter.

 

 

La cúspide del diseño y el desarrollo de las piscinas de nacimiento en el agua.

Nuestras galardonadas piscinas de agua para partos de grado hospitalario han sido las mejores del mercado durante más de 35 años.

Ofrecen una higiene y seguridad inigualables, un valor insuperable, mejores resultados y un rendimiento superior.

Se fabrican a mano por encargo en Inglaterra, se construyen para que duren décadas y están garantizadas de por vida.

“La cúspide del diseño y el desarrollo de las piscinas de nacimiento en el agua. Una combinación incomparable de diseño, materiales y fabricación” Premios Building Better Healthcare

Ayudamos a ser pioneros en el uso del agua para el parto y el nacimiento diseñando las piscinas que hicieron posible esta revolución en la atención a la maternidad.

Desde 1987 hemos suministrado miles de piscinas para partos a hospitales de todo el mundo y hemos establecido una reputación de calidad y servicio.

Las madres y las comadronas adoran nuestras piscinas para partos en el agua porque son increíblemente cómodas, prácticas y fáciles de usar.

Los hospitales compran nuestras piscinas porque ofrecen un rendimiento superior, una seguridad inigualable y un valor inmejorable.

Hemos logrado el éxito innovando continuamente, manteniendo las cosas sencillas y centrándonos en nuestros principios básicos de seguridad, valor y rendimiento.

Nuestros incomparables conocimientos y nuestra gran experiencia nos permiten ofrecer piscinas de nacimiento en el agua que minimizan el riesgo, optimizan los resultados y maximizan el valor.

Los jueces dijeron que “la combinación de un diseño basado en la evidencia, centrado en el usuario diseño ergonómico, materiales especializados y fabricación a medida había dado como resultado unas piscinas de nacimiento en el agua que estaban realmente en una clase propia”

Las piscinas de nacimiento Active están hechas a mano por encargo por artesanos altamente cualificados en Inglaterra y se envían a todo el mundo.

Elles sont fabriquées dans un matériau exclusif appelé Ficore®, une résine composite aux propriétés extraordinaires.

Este breve y sencillo vídeo ha conseguido cerca de 12.000.000 de visitas en YouTube. Muestra cómo las madres se relacionan instintivamente con nuestras piscinas y se mueven naturalmente para encontrar las posiciones más cómodas y beneficiosas.

Si está buscando una piscina de nacimiento de agua, estamos especialmente cualificados para servirle.
Descubra por qué.

Está interesado en saber más sobre el parto en el agua o cómo montar un centro de parto en el agua?
Visite nuestro Centro Educativo.

 

 

Le summum de la conception et du développement de la baignoire de naissance

Nos piscines d’accouchement de qualité hospitalière, primées, sont en tête du marché depuis plus de 35 ans !

Elles offrent une hygiène et une sécurité inégalées, un rapport qualité-prix imbattable, de meilleurs résultats et des performances supérieures.

Elles sont fabriquées à la main sur commande en Angleterre, construites pour durer des décennies et garanties à vie.

“Le summum de la conception et du développement de la baignoire de naissance. Une combinaison incomparable de design, de matériaux et de fabrication” Building Better Healthcare Awards

Nous avons été les premiers à utiliser l’eau pour le travail et l’accouchement en concevant les piscines qui ont permis cette révolution dans les soins de maternité.

Depuis 1987, nous avons fourni des milliers de piscines de naissance à des hôpitaux partout dans le monde et avons acquis une réputation de qualité et de service.

Les mères et les sages-femmes adorent nos baignoires d’accouchement, car elles sont incroyablement confortables, pratiques et faciles à utiliser.

Les hôpitaux achètent nos piscines parce qu’elles offrent des performances supérieures, une sécurité inégalée et une valeur imbattable.

Nous avons réussi en innovant continuellement, en gardant les choses simples et en nous concentrant sur nos principes fondamentaux de sécurité, de valeur et de performance.

Nos connaissances inégalées et la richesse de notre expérience nous permettent de réaliser des piscines de naissance dans l’eau qui minimisent les risques, optimisent les résultats et maximisent la valeur.

“Les membres du jury ont déclaré que la combinaison d’une conception ergonomique fondée sur des données probantes et centrée sur l’utilisateur, de matériaux spécialisés et d’une fabrication sur mesure a permis de créer des piscines d’accouchement dans l’eau qui sont vraiment uniques en leur genre .”

Les baignoires d’accouchement Active sont fabriquées à la main sur commande par des artisans hautement qualifiés en Angleterre et expédiées dans le monde entier.

Elles sont fabriquées dans un matériau exclusif appelé Ficore®, une résine composite aux propriétés extraordinaires.

 

Cette vidéo courte et simple a été vue près de 12 millions de fois sur YouTube.

Elle montre comment les mères établissent un lien instinctif avec nos baignoires et se déplacent naturellement pour trouver les positions les plus confortables et bénéfiques.

Si vous recherchez d’une piscine d’accouchement, nous sommes particulièrement qualifiés pour vous aider.
Découvrez pourquoi.

Vous souhaitez en savoir plus sur l’accouchement dans l’eau ou sur la manière de créer une installation d’accouchement dans l’eau?
Visitez notre centre éducatif.