10 good reasons why you should consider Active Birth Pools

Our ongoing dedication to serving the needs of mothers and midwives fuelled by a driving passion for design, quality and performance has resulted in today’s Active Birth Pools, widely regarded as the best in the world.

Here’s why…

1.  We’re uniquely qualified to be of service – we’ve achieved success by keeping things simple and focusing on our core principles of safety, value and performance.

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

3. Active Birth Pools are fabricated in a material that is far superior to those used by other manufacturers

4. Mothers have a greater possibility of experiencing a normal physiological labour and natural birth

5. Proprietary features set our pools apart – our pools have evolved to the point where they are in a class of their own.

6. Midwives say that our pools are the most supportive, comfortable and easy to use

7. Our pools are the pinnacle of ergonomic design – every shape, every curve, every varying degree of rounded corner – there is a reason behind them.

8. It’s easy for mothers to get in and out of our pools

9. Midwives have safe, practical options for dealing with emergency evacuations

10. We’re rated No.1 for health and safety – we’ve set the benchmark standards that others try to follow.

Please visit our Gallery to see why mothers and midwives love our water birth pools.

Built to last for decades and guaranteed for life

Active Birth Pools are built to last for decades and guaranteed for life.

Though more expensive than other birthing pools on the market, Active Birth Pools deliver superior long-term value, better results and greater end-user satisfaction.

Active Birth Pool – Fernandez Hospital, Hyderabad India

Our experience over the past 35 years has given us the expertise to provide our clients with highly efficient service and post sales support wherever they are.

Our customers receive extra-ordinary long-term life cycle value. Value that’s comprehensive in scope and places priority on results, safety and quality of care.

Our water birth pools outperform all others on the market.

Water Birth Pools that we supplied in the 1980’s are still in use today.

Below – the Venus Pool circa. 1992 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital

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Though it’s 25 years old the pool still looks great with years of service ahead.

You can plainly see that this is the precursor to todays state-of-the art Venus Pool.

The overall shape and size are pretty much the same, but the design and manufacture are now much more sophisticated and refined.

Below – the Venus Pool circa. 2017 at Pinderfields Hospital

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A combination of advanced ergonomic design, superior materials and high-end manufacturing methods have resulted in todays Active Birth Pools – truly in a class of their own.

Below – the Venus Pool with multi-colour LED lighting at the award winning Meadow Birth Centre

We guarantee that our water birth pools for hospitals will provide comprehensive long-term life cycle value

  • Mothers have a better experience of labour and birth
  • Midwives are safeguarded from risk and enjoy higher levels of job satisfaction
  • Hospitals optimise resources and save money

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Features that set our pools apart

Over the past 34 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 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 sophisticated designs that place Active Birth Pools at the top of the industry.

The extra-wide, rounded rim that flows around our pools is key to their success.

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.

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

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No. 1 for support, comfort and ease of use

Midwives find our water birth pools incredibly practical and comfortable.

They tell us 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, comfort and support.

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.

Key to the success and comfort of our pools is the material we use.

Active Birth Pools are made from a unique material called FICORE®. It’s ultra-smooth, highly polished finish is tactile, warm to the touch and less slippery.

The superior properties of Ficore allow us to sculpt complex, sensuous forms making our pools incredibly comfortable, appealing, practical and easy to use.

Notice how comfortable the midwife is in the above photo?

She is fully supported, safeguarded and at ease.

Her feet are grounded, her body upright and aligned and her arms are resting comfortably on the wide round rim.

It simply does not get any better than this!

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The pinnacle of ergonomic design

Form is based on function and pared down to the essence of aesthetic utility. Design is based upon the dynamics of mothers and midwives as they interact with the pool and each other.

Every shape, every curve, every varying degree of rounded corners…
there is a reason behind them.

Active Birth Pools encourage mothers to move freely and naturally.
They instinctively find the best positions and discover that the pool provides constant comfort and support wherever they are.

Complete freedom of movement coupled with the relaxing effects of warm water and release of oxytocin significantly increases the possibility for mothers to experience physiological labour.

Active Birth Pools are made from a unique material called FICORE® composite. Ficore is far superior to acrylic and fibreglass, the materials commonly used to produce water birth pools.

It’s unique properties allow us to sculpt complex, curvaceous forms that make our pools incredibly comfortable, appealing, practical and easy to use.

We are pioneers, innovators and trend setters.

The design of our birth pools has continuously evolved over the past 35 years.

The combination of ergonomic design, specialised materials, engineering and manufacture that go into our pools make them the “Rolls Royce” of water birth pools.

As Steve Jobs said…

“It takes a lot of hard work to make something simple, to truly understand the underlying challenges and come up with elegant solutions.”

 

In mid-90’s we met with health service ergonomist Sue Hignett 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 design, materials and manufacture that have culminated in todays range of award winning Active Birth Pools.

Our new water birth pools take the 5 points outlined on Pg. 2 of the article (below) to new levels of sophistication thanks to the properties of the unique material (Ficore® composite) we now use.

We no longer advocate the use of multi-step units as this has proven to present manual handling risks. The pools are now lower and have wider rims which gives mothers better options for getting in and out of the pool.

The new range of water birth pools is not only much more beautiful, but more comfortable, safer and easy to use.

Click here for a PDF of this article

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Highly Commended at 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.

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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.
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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.

Note: the above article was taken from “Building Better Healthcare” magazine – November 2015

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We’re uniquely qualified to be of service

If you’re looking for a water birth pool we’re uniquely qualified to be of service.

We’ve been dedicated to providing top quality water birth pools 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.

1990 John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

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

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

Mothers and midwives love our water birth pools.

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

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

We’ve supplied 1,000’s of pools over the past 33 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.

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.

“I can’t tell you how much your pools have revolutionised birth. ”

C. Wilson Midwife Dewsbury District Hospital

“Brilliant, like the wide rim so mums can sit on the side and swivel their legs around to get in and out, much safer. ” 

A. Bentley NHS Midwife

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

Michel Odent – author, obstetrician and water birth pioneer

 “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, W. London

 “Your birth pool made my labour so much easier I’d recommend it to every pregnant mother for her birth.”

Jill Ireland – Bristol

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

Karen Werrbach Director, Women’s Health Institute Rush-Copley Medical Center

“Thank you for the awesome pools. My one regret is not trying out one myself before we opened the birth centre! Many thanks!”

Consultant Midwife Greenwich Birth Centre

We love your active birth pools, so much so we have one in every room on our birth centre ”

Jo Talbot Chorley & Preston Birth Centre Manager

Have used Active Birth Pools a lot in my career. They allow flexibility for women to change position. Watched the company grow over the years. Amazing what they have facilitated for women. Successful company too. Waterbirth anyone?”

H. Young Midwife Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust

“Thank you Keith… our new Venus Pool looks stunning!”

Jan Butler Consultant Midwife Rosie Hospital, Cambridge

“ 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

“Let me introduce you to Keith Brainin who provided us with our Princess Pools in both of our birth centres. His pools are brilliant and the service that he provides is excellent.”

 Dr Tracey Cooper Consultant Midwife Lancashire Teaching Hospitals

“The new Venus Birth Pools have become the focal point of our birthing suites and are helping attract clients. Midwives and nurses have overwhelmingly applauded the birth pool’s design and safety.

They report the knee space, water depth, light, the wide rim and the seat in the pool as outstanding improvements over the original tubs, enhancing their ability to effectively provide care and drastically improve the clients experience.”

Amy Johnson-Grass,  Midwife, Nutritionist, Naturopathic Doctor, President of the American Association of Birth Centers

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Light and Sound

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.

Best of all….

our new light and sound systems are safe, economical and easy to use.

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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 (the materials other birth pools are made from) 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.

Hospital water birth pools made from Ficore® composite have many advantages including:

  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 seven longer than other birth pools.

Structural and engineering advantages

If you hold two equivalent size samples 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.

This makes our water birth pools extremely comfortable and helps mothers relax and feel 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.

Click here for a copy of our Ficore Data Sheet

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Active Birth Pools Videos

“A simple pool of water”

The story behind these amazing water birth pools.

We look at the history and thinking behind Active Birth Pools and why mothers and midwives the world over make us their No. choice.

 

“Freedom of Movement”

Shows how mothers instinctively relate to our water birth pools and move naturally to find the most comfortable and supportive positions.

 

 

Entering the pool made simple and safe

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

Client List

Active Birth Pools: Client List

Please Note: listings tagged Ficore® are water birth pools from our new range as illustrated on our website and in our brochures.

1.    Aberdeen Maternity Hospital – Optimal Birth Pool and Active Birth Beanbag
2.    Abingdon Hospital Oxford – Deluxe Birth Pool
3.    Access Lifestyle Sri Lanka –  Princess Birth Pool Ficore ®
4.    Active Birth Centre London – Oval, Circular and Hexagonal Portable Birth Pools
5.    Active Korea Corporation, Korea – Active Birth Pool
6.    Addenbrookes Hospital – 10 x Active Birth Pools and Venus Birth Pool Ficore®
7.    Adrien Alldridge Nottingham – Oval Portable Birth Pool
8.    Aga Khan Development Network, Kenya – Space Saver Birth Pool
9.    AIMS (Edinburgh) Scotland – Oval Portable Birth Pool
10. Airedale General Hospital – Amaryllis Birth Pool, Active Birth Pool
11. Aktiv Fodsel, Norway – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
12. Aktivinen Synntys, Finland – Elliptical Birth Pool
13. Akureyri Hospital, Iceland – Princess Pool and Active Birth Pool
14. Al Zahra Hospital, Dubai – Active Birth Pool Ficore©
15. Alain Cromwell Hospital, Abu Dhabi – Active Birth Pool
16. Albany Midwifery Practice London – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
17. Alice Charlwood, Wiltshire – Oval Portable Birth Pool
18. Alison Borman Somerset – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
19. All Saints Hospital Kent – Deluxe Birth Pool
20. Alnwick Hospital – Active Birth Pool
21. Altnagelvin Hospital – Oval Portable Birth Pool and Active Birth Pool
22. American Hospital, Dubai – – Active Birth Pool – Ficore ®
23. Andrew Ryland Chertsey – Oval Portable Birth Pool
24. Angelika Rodler Austria – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
25. Anne Govan County Kerry – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
26. Apple Tree  Birth Center, Rapid City – 2 x Venus Birth Pools – Ficore ®
27. Aqua Birth Pools, Switzerland – Hexagonal  & Oval Portable Birth Pool
28. Arbroath Infirmary Scotland -Deluxe Birth Pool
29. Argyll and Bute Hospital – Deluxe Birth Pool & Active Birth Beanbag
30. Arran War Memorial Hospital – Active Birth Beanbag
31. Ashington General Hospital Northumberland – Elliptical Birth Pool
32. Ashurst Hospital – Active Birth Pool
33. Ayrshire Central Hospital – Deluxe Birth Pool
34. Ayrshire Maternity Unit – Active Birth Beanbags
35. Baldwin Midwifery Service, New York, USA – Oval Portable Birth Pool
36. Barkantine Health Centre London – Deluxe Birth Pool & Active Birth Pool
37. Barnet Hospital – Three Active Birth Pools and Oval Portable Pool
38. Basildon Hospital Willow Ward – Active Birth Pool & Oval Portable Birth Pool
39. Basingstoke Hospital –  Active Birth Mats and Beanbags
40. Basingstoke Hospital – Active Birth Mats, Beanbags and Kneeling Pads
41. Bassetlaw Hospital – Active Birth Pool
42. Bedford Hospital Herts – Active Birth Pool and Deluxe Birth Pool
43. Belfast City Hospital Northern Ireland – Oval Portable Birth Pool
44. Belford Hospital – Active Birth Beanbag, Oval Portable Birth Pool & Active Birth Pool
45. Bellshill Maternity Hospital Lanarkshire – Deluxe Birth Pool
46. Berwick Hospital – Active Birth Pool
47. Betsey Mercogliano – Midwife New York, USA – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
48. Birch Hill Hospital, Lanarkshire – Deluxe Birth Pool
49. Birmingham Women’s Hospital – Original Birth Pool, Deluxe Birth Pool, Active Birth Pool
50. Birth Centre of Kanda, Japan – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
51. Blackburn Birthing Unit – Active Birth Pool
52. Blackpool Victoria Hospital – 2 x Active Birth Pools and Active Birth Pool – Ficore ®
53. Bliss, Birth & Wellness Centre, Palm Beach Florida – Active Birth & Venus Birth Pool – Ficore ®
54. Borders General Hospital – Original Water Birth Pool
55. Bournemouth General Hospital – Deluxe Birth Pool
56. Bradford Royal Infirmary, West Yorkshire – Deluxe Birth Pool
57. Brecon War Memorial Hospital – Active Birth Pool
58. Breconshire War Memorial Hospital, Powys – Corner Birth Pool
59. Bridgewater Community Hospital – 2 x Princess Birth Pools
60. Bridgnorth Community Hospital – Princess Pool Ficore©
61. Brierley Midwife Team London – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
62. Bristol Maternity Hospital – Deluxe Birth Pool
63. Broomfield Hospital – 2 x Active Birth Pools
64. Buckland Hospital Kent – Oval Portable Birth Pool and Deluxe Birth Pool
65. Burjeel Hospital, Abu Dhabi – Active Birth Pool – Ficore ®
66. Burnley General Hospital – Active Birth Mats and Kneeling Pads and Princess Birth Pool
67. Burnley General Hospital Lancashire – Deluxe Birth Pool, Active Birth Pool, Princess Birth Pool
68. Buxton Hospital Derbyshire – Deluxe Birth Pool
69. Caerphilly Wales Christina Fletcher – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool and Oval Portable Birth Pool
70. Caithness General Hospital – Active Birth Beanbag and Deluxe Birth Pool
71. Calderdale Royal Hospital – Active Birth Pool and Active Birth Beanbag
72. Calvary Healthcare, Australia – Two Princess Birth Pools
73. Campbeltown Maternity Unit – Active Birth Beanbag and Oval Portable Birth Pool
74. Campbeltown Maternity Unit – Oval Portable Birth Pool
75. Castle Hill Hospital Yorkshire – Deluxe Birth Pool
76. Causeway Hospital, Ireland – Venus Birth Pool Ficore ®
77. Cavan General Hospital Ireland – Deluxe Birth Pool
78. Central Manchester University Hospital – Active Birth Beanbags & mat
79. Centro Di Maternita, Italy – Oval Portable Birth Pool
80. Channecy Genevois – France – Venus Birth Pool Ficore ®
81. Channecy Genevois, France  – Venus Birth Pool Ficore©
82. Charleston Birth Place, South Carolina – Active Birth Pool – Ficore ®
83. Chelsea and Westminster Hospital – Deluxe Birth Pool, Elliptical Birth Pool and 4 Venus Birth Pools
84. Cheltenham General Hospital – Deluxe Birth Pool
85. Chesterfield Royal Hospital – Active Birth Pool
86. Chippenham Maternity Hospital – Oval Portable Birth Pool and two Deluxe Birth Pools
87. Chipping Norton Hospital – Oxon Corner Birth Pool and two Original Water Birth Pools
88. Chorley and South Ribble Hospital –  Two Princess Birth Pools
89. Chorley Hospital – 3 x Princess Birth Pools – Ficore ®
90. Christchurch London – Oval Portable Birth Pool
91. Christiane Schwarz – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
92. City Hospital Birmingham – Active Birth Pool, Active Birth Beanbag and Mat
93. Clarence Medical Centre – Active Birth Beanbag, Mat and Kneeling Pads
94. Clenoch Birthing Suite Galloway Community Hospital – Active Birth Beanbag
95. Clevedon Hospital – Active Birth Kneeling Pads
96. Clinica Acuario, Spain- Elliptical Birth Pool
97. Clinical Center of Mother and Child Healthcare in Ashgabat,Turkmenistan – Active Birth Pool Ficore©
98. Clinique Saint Joseph, Belgium – Deluxe Birth Pool
99. Colchester Hospital- Eleven Active Birth Mats
100.               Conquest Hospital East Sussex – Deluxe Birth Pool
101.               Constanze Weigle Stuttgart Germany – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
102.               Coombe Hospital, Dublin – Optimal Birth Pool
103.               Corbar Maternity Unit Chesire – Deluxe Birth Pool and Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
104.               Cork University Hospital – Active Birth Mat and Kneeling Pad
105.               Corniche Hospita, Abu Dhabi– Active Birth Pool – Ficore ®
106.               Cossham Hospital, Bristol – Four Active Birth Pools
107.               Craigavon Area Hospital Northen Ireland – Deluxe Water Birth Pool
108.               Crawley Hospital West Sussex – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
109.               Cresswell Maternity Wing Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary – Princess Birth Pool
110.               Crosshouse Hospital Ayrshire – Active Birth Pool
111.               Crowborough Hospital – Two Active Birth Beanbags
112.               Crowborough War memorial Hospital – Active Birth Beanbags
113.               Croydon University Hospital Birthing Centre – Two Princess Pools
114.               Cumberland Infirmary – Princess Water Birth Pool Ficore ®
115.               Cumberland Infirmary – Two Optimal Water Birth Pools and a Deluxe Birth Pool
116.               Daisy Hill Hospital, Ireland – Princess and Venus II Birth Pools, Deluxe Birth Pool
117.               Darent Valley Hospital – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool and Amaryllis Birth Pool
118.               Darley Birth Centre Matlock – Active Birth Pool
119.               Dartford Gravesham General Hospital Kent – Active Birth Pool
120.               De Montford University – Active Birth Pool Ficore©
121.               De Oerbron Netherlands – Oval Portable Pool
122.               Derby City Hospital Derby – Active Birth Pool
123.               Derriford Hospital Devon – Active Birth Pool
124.               Devizes Community Hospital Wiltshire – Oval Portable Birth Pool
125.               Dewsbury & District Hospital, W. Yorkshire – 2 x Active Birth Pools Ficore ®
126.               Dewsbury District Hospital Mid Yorkshire – Elliptical Birth Pool
127.               Diana Princess of Wales Hospital Grimbsy – Space Saver Pool, Active Birth Pool, Deluxe Birth Pool
128.               Doncaster Royal Infirmary – Active Birth Pool
129.               Douglas County Hospital Minnesota USA – Deluxe Birth Pool
130.               Downshire Hospital, Downpatrick – Two Active Birth Mats
131.               Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary Scotland – Oval Portable Birth Pool
132.               Dunfermline Maternity Hospital Fife – Oval Portable Pool
133.               Dunoon General Hospital – Active Birth Beanbag and Mat
134.               E. Meadows Gloucester – Oval Portable Birth Pool
135.               Ealing Hospital – Active Birth Pool and Active Birth Beanbags
136.               East Lancashire Hospital – Princess Pool
137.               Edgeware Community Hospital – Active Birth Pool
138.               Edinburgh Royal Infirmary Scotland – Corner Birth Pool
139.               Edinburgh Royal Infirmary Scotland – Space Saver Birth Pool
140.               Edith Cavell Hospital Peterborough – Active Birth Pool
141.               Elaine Batchelor Bucks – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
142.               Elemental Birth Edinburgh – Oval Portable Birth Pool
143.               Elliot Hospital, New Hampshire USA – Deluxe Birth Pool
144.               Enniskillen Hospital – Two Original Birth Pools
145.               Epsom General Hospital – Three Princess Birth Pools
146.               Epsom General Hospital, Surrey – Elliptical Birth Pool
147.               Fabrice de Villeneuve, France – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
148.               Fernandez Hospital, Hyderabad India – Active Birth Pool Ficore ®
149.               Forth Park Hospital – Active Birth Beanbag and Oval Portable Birth Pool
150.               Forth Valley Acute Hospital – Two Optimal Compact Birth Pools
151.               Fraserburgh Hospital – Deluxe Birth Pool
152.               Frimley Park Hospital   – Berkshire  – Venus Birth Pool Ficore ®
153.               Frimley Park Hospital – One Princess Birth Pool, Four Active Birth Mats
154.               Frimley Park Hospital Surrey – Active Birth Pool and Princess Birth Pool
155.               Frome Community Hospital – Deluxe Birth Pool
156.               Frome Victoria Hospital Wiltshire – Oval Portable Birth Pool
157.               Fundatia Columbeanu Romania – Active Birth Pool
158.               Geburtshaus Luna Biel – Switzerland – Active Birth Pool Ficore ®
159.               Geburtshaus Luna Biel, Switzerland – Active Birth Pool Ficore©
160.               Gentle Birth and Education Centre, Nigeria – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
161.               George Elliot Hospital – Active Birth Pool Ficore® and Princess Birth Pool Ficore®
162.               George Elliot Hospital Nuneaton – Oval Portable Birth Pool, Active and Princess Birth Pool Ficore®
163.               Gilbert Bain Hospital – Active Birth Beanbag and Deluxe Birth Pool
164.               Glan Clwyd Hospital – Princess Birth Pool Ficore ® with sound and light
165.               Glan Clwyd Hospital Denbigh – Active Birth Pool
166.               Glangwili Hospital – Active Birth Pool
167.               Glangwili Hospital – Two Active Birth Pools
168.               Glasgow Maternity Hospital Scotland – Deluxe Birth Pool
169.               Glasgow Royal Infirmary – Active Birth Pool and Deluxe Birth Pool
170.               Glasgow Royal Infirmary Scotland – Deluxe Birth Pool
171.               Gloucester Royal Hospital – Oval Portable Pool
172.               Good Birth Company – Oval and Hexagonal Portable Birth Pools
173.               Good Hope Hospital, Birmingham – Two Active Birth Pools
174.               Gosford Hospital – NSW Wales, Australia – 10 x Venus Birth Pools Ficore ®
175.               Gosport War Memorial Hospital, Hampshire – Space Saver Birth Pool
176.               Great Western Hospital – Labour Support Stool
177.               Great Western Hospital, Swindon – Two Active Birth Pools
178.               Greenwich District Hospital, London – Oval Portable Birth Pool
179.               Gudrun Olof Jonsdottir, Iceland – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
180.               Guys & St Thomas Hospital – London – 2 x Venus Birth Pool Ficore ®
181.               Guys and St Thomas Hospital – 2 x  Venus Birth Pools Ficore©
182.               Halcyon Birth Centre, Sandwell – Three Active Birth Pools
183.               Halifax General Hospital – Deluxe Birth Pool
184.               Hammersmith Hospital London – Deluxe Birth Pool, Elliptical Birth Pool and Venus Birth Pool Ficore®
185.               Harada Corporation, Japan – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
186.               Harrogate NHS Trust Yorkshire – Deluxe Birth Pool and Active Birth Pool Ficore©
187.               Harwich Fellowship of the Sick, Essex – Corner Birth Pool
188.               Health Foundations Family Health & Birth Centre, Minnesota USA – Venus Birth Pool Ficore®
189.               Heartlands Hospital – Active Birth Pool
190.               Heatherwood Hospital Berkshire – Deluxe Birth Pool
191.               Hebammenpraxis-Geburtshau, Austria – Active Birth Pool – Ficore ®
192.               Hebammenpraxis-Geburtshaus Natascha van Riet, Austria – Active Birth Pool – Ficore ®
193.               Heilbrigðisstofnun Austurlands, Iceland – Venus Water Birth Pool Ficore ®
194.               HELIOS Klinikum, Pforzheim Germany – Active Birth Pool – Ficore ®
195.               Helston Community Hospital Cornwall – Deluxe Birth Pool
196.               Hemel Hempstead Hospital Herts – Deluxe Birth Pool
197.               Henrietta Hen, Norway – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
198.               Hereford County Hospital – Elliptical Birth Pool
199.               Hexham General Hospital – Active Birth Pool
200.               High River General Hospital, Canada – 3 x Venus Birth Pools Ficore ®
201.               Higherland Surgery Staffs – Oval Portable Birth Pool
202.               Hillingdon Hospital – Optimal Water Birth Pool, Active Birth Mat and Beanbag
203.               Hinchingbrooke Hospital – Deluxe Birth Pool and Active Birth Beanbag
204.               Holbæk Hospital, Denmark – Venus Birth Pool and Amaryllis Birth Pool
205.               Homerton Hospital, – 3 Princess Birth Pools, Portable Birth Pools, Elliptical Birth Pool, Active Birth Pool
206.               Honiton Hospital Devon – Optimal Water Birth Pool
207.               Hope Hospital, Salford- Princess Birth Pool and Active Birth Pool
208.               Hopital Aubenas – France 1 x Venus Pool Ficore ®
209.               Hopital Aubvenas – France – Venus Birth Pool Ficore ®
210.               Horton General Hospital Oxon – Elliptical Birth Pool
211.               Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth London – Deluxe Birth Pool
212.               Hospital Parc Tauli, Barcelona, Spain – Deluxe Birth Pool
213.               Huddersfield Royal Infirmary active birth pool w/ skirting panel
214.               Hull & East Yorkshire Women’s and Children’s Hospital – Active Birth Pool
215.               Hull Royal Infirmary – 3 x Princess Birth Pools Ficore ® – 1 x Active Birth Bed
216.               Hull Royal Infirmary Yorkshire – Deluxe Birth Pool
217.               Hvidovre Hospital – Denmark – Active Birth Pool Ficore ®
218.               Hythe Hospital Hampshire – Deluxe Birth Pool
219.               Ichilov Hospital Israel – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
220.               Ikeda Midwife Centre, Japan – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
221.               Inverclyde Royal Hospital – Active Birth Pool, Active Birth Beanbag and Kneeling Pads
222.               Ipswich Hospital – Original Birth Pool, Active Birth Beanbag and Mats
223.               J Mabbott – Oval Portable Birth Pool
224.               James Paget Hospital – Two Active Birth Beanbags and Three Princess Pools
225.               Jane Evans Harpenden Herts – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
226.               Jax Allen, Bristol – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
227.               Jennie O’Brien Derry – Oval Portable Birth Pool
228.               Jill Benjoy-Miller, London – Oval Portable Birth Pool
229.               John Radcliffe Hospital – Two Princess Birth Pools
230.               John Radcliffe Hospital Oxfordshire – Deluxe Birth Pool and two Princess Birth Pools
231.               Jonathon and Stacey Fisher, Israel – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
232.               Joseftal Hospital Israel – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
233.               JPUH NHS – Active Birth Mat and Beanbag
234.               Jubilee Maternity Hospital, Ireland – Oval Portable Birth Pool
235.               Julie Dinsdale South London – Oval and Hexagonal Portable Birth Pools
236.               Julie Philips Abingdon – Oval Portable Birth Pool
237.               Kainuu Central Hospital Finland  – Active Birth Pool Ficore ®
238.               Kaleeya Hospital East Freemantle, Australia – Deluxe Birth Pool
239.               Karen Landsbert-Noon, Belgium – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
240.               Karen Perry Cambs. – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
241.               Karratha Health Campus, Western Australia – 2 x Venus Birth Pools Ficore©
242.               Kasia Flemming – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
243.               Kätilöopisto Maternity Hospital, Finland – 4 x Active Birth Pools Ficore ®
244.               Kauppatalo Hansel Oy, Finland – Oval Portable Birth Pool
245.               Kent and Canterbury Hospital – Active Birth Beanbag, Mat and Kneeling Pad and Active Birth Pool
246.               Kerang Hospital, Australia – Princess Birth Pool
247.               Kerang Hospital, Australia – Princess Birth Pool
248.               Kettering General Hospital – Active Birth Pool and Princess Pool Ficore®
249.               Kidderminster General Hospital Worcestershire – Deluxe Birth Pool
250.               King George Hospital Essex – Oval Portable Birth Pool
251.               Kings College Hospital, London – Active Birth Pool, Original Birth Pool and Oval Portable Birth Pool
252.               Kings Lynn and Wisbech Hospital Norfolk – Elliptical Birth Pool
253.               Kings Mill Hospital – Active Birth Pool
254.               Kingston Hospital Surrey – Deluxe Birth Pool and Active Birth Pool
255.               Kolding Sygehus, Denmark – 3 x Princess Birth Pools – Ficore ®
256.               Kymenlaakson Hospital Finland –  Active Birth Pool Ficore ®
257.               Lagan Valley Hospital, Antrim, Ireland – Three Space Saver Pools
258.               Lancashire Teaching Hospital – Two Princess Pools
259.               Law Hospital Lanarkshire – Deluxe Birth Pool
260.               Leicester General Hospital – Two Princess Pools and Oval Portable Pool
261.               Leicester Royal Infirmary – Deluxe Birth Pool, two Princess Pools and Oval Portable Pool
262.               Lewisham Hospital – Active Birth Beanbag and Kneeling Pads and Active Birth Pool
263.               Lincoln County Hospital – Active Birth Pool
264.               Lister Hospital – One Active Birth Beanbag and four Active Birth Mats
265.               Lister Hospital – Three Active Birth Pools and Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
266.               Llandough Hospital – Active Birth Pool
267.               LLandrindod Wells Memorial Hospital, Powys – Venus Water Birth Pool Ficore ®
268.               Llanfrechfa Grange Hospital – – Active Birth Pool – Ficore ®
269.               Llanidloes War Memorial Hospital, Powys – Active Birth Beanbag
270.               Lochgilphead Hospital Argyll – Active Birth Pool
271.               London Kings College UAE – Active Birth Pool Ficore ® with sound and light
272.               London Kings Hospital, Dubai – Active Birth Pool – Ficore ®
273.               Lorn and Islands Hospital Argyll – Deluxe Birth Pool
274.               Luise Daemen Switzerland – Oval Portable Birth Pool
275.               Luton & Dunstable Hospital – Active Birth Pool Ficore®
276.               Luton and Dunstable Hospital  – Active Birth Pool Ficore ®
277.               Luton and Dunstable Hospital – Active Birth Beanbag and Active Birth Pool
278.               Lymington Hospital – Deluxe Birth Pool
279.               Lynn Massey Erps Kwerps – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
280.               M. Suzuki Memorial Hospital, Japan – Active Birth Pool
281.               M.P. Shah Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya – Active Birth Pool – Ficore ®
282.               Macclesfield District General Hospital – Active Birth Pool
283.               MacKinnon Memorial Hospital – Active Birth Beanbag
284.               Maidstone Hospital Kent – Active Birth Beanbag and Mats, Deluxe Birth Pool and Two Active Birth Pools
285.               Makati Medical Centre, Manila Philippines – Active Birth Pool Ficore®
286.               Malaga Hospital, Spain – Space Saver Pool
287.               Manchester Royal Infirmary – Two Princess Pools and Deluxe Birth Pool
288.               Manor Hospital Walsall – Deluxe Birth Pool
289.               Mater Hospital Belfast – Two Original Birth Pools and Elliptical Birth Pool
290.               Mayday Hospital – Deluxe Birth Pool and Space Saver
291.               Meadow Birth Centre  – One Active Birth Pool and two Venus Birth Pools – Ficore ®
292.               Meadow Birth Centre Worcestershire Royal Hospital – Active Birth Pool Ficore© and Venus Birth Pool Ficore©
293.               Mediclinic City Hospital, Dubai – Active Birth Pool – Ficore ®
294.               Mediclinic Park View Hospitals UAE- Active Birth Pool Ficore ® with sound and light
295.               Mediclinic Parkview Hospital, Dubai – Active Birth Pool – Ficore ®
296.               Medway Maritime Hospital – Active Birth Mats, Beanbags and three Active Birth Pools
297.               Melanie Aqua Birth Pool Hire Dorset – Oval Portable Birth Pool
298.               Mid Argyll Hospital – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
299.               Milton Keynes Hospital – Active Birth Pool
300.               Miyazaki Birth Centre Japan – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
301.               Monadnock Community Hospital New Hampshire USA – Deluxe Birth Pool
302.               Morgreen Hospital Hampshire – Deluxe Birth Pool
303.               Moscow Veronica Maslova – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
304.               Mothers office Japan – Oval Portable Birth Pool
305.               MPP RNH Gibraltar – Oval Portable Birth Pool
306.               Musgrove Park Hospital – Active Birth Pool
307.               Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton – Venus Birth Pool – Ficore ®
308.               Nakajima Midwife Clinic, Japan – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
309.               Natalie Perry Dorking – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
310.               National Maternity Hospital, Dublin – Princess Birth Pool – Ficore ®
311.               Neath General Hospital West Glamorgan – Deluxe Birth Pool
312.               Neath Port Talbot Hospital Wales – Active Birth Pool
313.               Nevill Hall Hospital Monmouth – Active Birth Pool
314.               New Acute Hospital, Enniskillen, Ireland – Active Birth Beanbags
315.               New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton – Deluxe Birth Pool, 3 Active Birth Pools & Space Saver Birth Pool
316.               New Downe Hospital – Deluxe Birth Pool
317.               New Forest Birth Centre: Two Active Birth Mats and Three Active Birth Pools
318.               New Norfolk and Norwich Hospital – Deluxe Birth Pool
319.               New Orkney Hospital – Active Birth Pool Ficore ®
320.               New Romford Hospital Essex – Deluxe Birth Pool
321.               New Victoria Hospital, Kirkaldy – Two Active Birth Pools
322.               Newham General Hospital London – Deluxe Birth Pool
323.               Newham University Hospital- Ten Princess Birth Pools and Active Birth Pool,
324.               Newton Abbot Community Hospital- Deluxe Birth Pool
325.               Nicholas Nauman Rome – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
326.               Nichole Remy Germany – Hexagonal Birth Pool
327.               Ninewells Hospital Scotland – Deluxe Birth Pool
328.               Nobles Hospital Isle of Man – Deluxe Birth Pool
329.               Norfolk and Norwich Hospital – Princess Birth Pool, Amaryllis Birth Pool
330.               North Devon District Hospital – Active Birth Pool
331.               North Manchester General Hospital – Oval Portable Birth Pool
332.               North Middlesex Hospital – Four Active Birth Pools
333.               North Middx Hospital London –  Active Birth Pool Ficore ®
334.               North Tees General Hospital Cleveland – Active Birth Pool
335.               North Tyneside General Hospital – Active Birth Pool
336.               North Wales NHS Trust Gwynedd – Oval Portable Birth Pool
337.               Northampton General Hospital – Three Amaryllis Pools and Active Birth Pool
338.               Northern General Hospital Sheffield – Oval Portable Birth Pool, Active Birth Pool, Deluxe Birth Pool
339.               Northfield Hospital, Minnesota – Active Birth Pool – Ficore ®
340.               Northumberland Hospital – Two Active Birth Pools
341.               Northumbria Hospital – Two Active Birth Pools
342.               Northwick Park Hospital – Active Birth Pool
343.               Northwick Park Hospital Middlesex – Deluxe Birth Pool
344.               Nottingham City Hospital – Active Birth Pool and Oval Portable Pool
345.               Nyree Wright London – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
346.               Oakwood Midwifery Practice London – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
347.               Oban, Lorn & Islands Hospital – Active Birth Beanbag
348.               Okehampton Hospital Devon – Deluxe Birth Pool
349.               Ommelander Ziekenhuis Groningen, Netherlands – Active Birth Pool Ficore©
350.               Ormskirk and District Hospital Lancashire – Elliptical Birth Pool
351.               Orpington Hospital Kent – Active Birth Pool
352.               Oulaskanaan Aluesairaala Norway – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
353.               Our Lady of Drogheda Ireland – Deluxe Birth Pool
354.               Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Eire – Original Birth Pool
355.               Padraicin Ni Mhurdu Dublin – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
356.               Päijät-Häme Central Hospital – Finland – 1 x Venus Pool Ficore ®
357.               Paulton Maternity Hospital Bristol – Deluxe Birth Pool
358.               Pembury Hospital – Active Birth Pool and Oval Portable Pool
359.               Penrice Hospital Cornwall – Deluxe Birth Pool
360.               Penrith Maternity Unit – Active Birth Pool and Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
361.               Perth Royal Infirmary – Deluxe Birth Pool
362.               Peterhead Community Hospital –2 x Venus Birth Pools Ficore ®
363.               Petersfield Hospital – Active Birth Beanbag and Active Birth Pool
364.               Pilgrim Hospital – Active Birth Pool
365.               Pinderfields General Hospital, North Yorkshire – Active Birth Pool
366.               Pinderfields Hospital – 2 x Venus Water Birth Pools Ficore ®
367.               Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield – 2 x Venus Pools Ficore ®
368.               Plymouth Hospital Devon – Active Birth Pool
369.               Pontefract General Infirmary – Active Birth Mat and Kneeling Pad
370.               Pontefract Hospital – Active Birth Mat and Active Birth Pool
371.               Poole Hospital – Four Princess Birth Pools and Active Birth Pool
372.               Portland Hospital London – Active Birth Pool
373.               Portsmouth Hospital – Active Birth Beanbags and Active Birth Pool
374.               Preston Acute Hospital Lancashire – Oval Portable Birth Pool
375.               Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil – 4 x  Active Birth Pool Ficore©
376.               Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow Essex – 2 Original Water Birth Pools, Princess Birth Pool, Active Birth Pool,
377.               Princess Elizabeth Hospital Guernsey – Active Birth Pool Ficore®
378.               Princess of Wales Hospital – Princess Birth Pool – Ficore ®
379.               Princess of Wales Hospital – Deluxe Birth Pool
380.               Princess Royal Hospital Kent – Active Birth Pool
381.               Princess Royal Maternity Hospital Glasgow – Active Birth Beanbag
382.               Princess Royal, Telford – 2 x Princess Birth Pools – Ficore ®
383.               Queen Alexandra Hospital – Active Birth Mats and Kneeling Pads
384.               Queen Alexandra Hospital – Six Active Birth Beanbags
385.               Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth – Deluxe Birth Pool
386.               Queen Alexandra Hospital, Plymouth – Venus Pool Ficore ®
387.               Queen Charlottes & Chelsea – Elliptical Birth Pool, Active Birth Pool, Deluxe Birth Pool and Active Birth Pool Ficore©
388.               Queen Elizabeth Hospital Project, London – Four Active Birth Pools and one Venus Birth Pool – Ficore ®
389.               Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kings Lynn – Venus & Princess Pool Ficore ®
390.               Queen Elizabeth Hospital, London – Four Active Birth Pools and Elliptical Birth Pool
391.               Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Tyne and Wear – Active Birth Pool
392.               Queen Elizabeth II Hospital Herts – Deluxe Birth Pool
393.               Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother Hospital – Active Birth Pool – Ficore ®
394.               Queen Mary’s Hospital Kent – Space Saver and Oval Portable Birth Pool
395.               Queen Mother’s Hospital Glasgow – Active Birth Beanbag
396.               Queens Hospital – Active Birth Beanbag and Mat and Amaryllis Birth Pool
397.               Queens Park Hospital Lancashire – Active Birth Pool
398.               Ras Al Khaimah – UAE- Active Birth Pool Ficore ® with sound and light
399.               Rep Of Ireland – Deluxe Birth Pool
400.               Robb Mason, Nottingham – Oval Portable Birth Pool
401.               Roberta Jess Co Armagh – Oval Portable Birth Pool
402.               Rochford Hospital Essex – Oval Portable Birth Pool
403.               Romsey Hospital Hants – Deluxe Birth Pool
404.               Rossendale Hospital – Active Birth Pool
405.               Rothsay Victoria Hospital – Active Birth Beanbag
406.               Rotunda Hospital, Dublun – Active Birth Pool Ficore ®
407.               Royal Alexandra Hospital – Active Birth Beanbag and Active Birth Pool
408.               Royal Bolton Hospital Lancashire – Active Birth Pool
409.               Royal Bournemouth Hospital – Two Venus Birth Pools
410.               Royal Cornwall  – 4 x Venus  Birth Pools Ficore ®
411.               Royal Derby Hospitasl – Active Birth Pool
412.               Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital – Deluxe Birth Pool and Active Birth Beanbag and Mat
413.               Royal Free Hospital London –  Venus Birth Pool Ficore ®
414.               Royal Free Hospital London – Deluxe Birth Pool
415.               Royal Glamorgan Hospital  – Active Birth Pool Ficore ® with sound and light
416.               Royal Glamorgan Hospital Mid Glamorgan – Two Deluxe Birth Pools
417.               Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, Wales – Princess Birth Pool – Ficore ®
418.               Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield – 2 x Venus Birth Pools  Ficore ®
419.               Royal Hampshire County Hospital – Two Active Birth Pools, Active Birth Mats and Beanbags
420.               Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh – Six Original Water Birth Pools
421.               Royal Lancaster Infirmary – Active Birth Beanbag and Mat
422.               Royal London Hospital – 2 x Active Birth Pools Ficore ®
423.               Royal London Hospital – Deluxe Birth Pool and Active Birth Pool
424.               Royal Maternity Hospital Northern Ireland – Deluxe Birth Pool
425.               Royal Maternity Hospital, Belfast – 16 x Venus Birth Pools – Ficore ®
426.               Royal Preston Hospital – Four Princess Birth Pools
427.               Royal Preston Hospital – Four Princess Birth Pools, Active Birth Pool,
428.               Royal Preston Hospital – Six Active Birth Mats, Four Beanbags, Four Kneeling Pads
429.               Royal Shrewsbury – Active Birth Pool and Princess Pool Ficore©
430.               Royal Surrey Hospital – Venus Birth Pool, 2 Princess Pools, Active Birth Pool,Deluxe Birth Pool
431.               Royal Surrey Hospital – Venus II Birth Pool
432.               Royal Sussex Hospital – 2 Venus Birth Pools, Deluxe Birth Pool, 2 Princess Birth Pools and Hexagonal Portable Pool
433.               Royal United Hospital Wiltshire – Oval Portable Birth Pool
434.               Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast – Deluxe Birth Pool
435.               Royal Victoria Hospital Kent – Deluxe Birth Pool
436.               Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle – Active Birth Pool
437.               Rush Green Hospital Essex – Oval Portable Birth Pool
438.               Russells Hall Hospital – Active Birth Mat, Beanbag and Active Birth Pool
439.               RVI Midwifery Led Unit, Newcastle – Five Active Birth Pools
440.               S.A. Comunale Akron, Ohio – Four Active Birth Pools Ficore ®
441.               Sabine Friese-Berg, Germany – Hexagonal Portable Pool
442.               Sage Femme London – Hexagonal Portable Pool
443.               Salisbury District Hospital – Two Active Birth Pools and Deluxe Birth Pool and Active Birth Beanbags
444.               Samuel Johnson Hospital Staffordshire – Deluxe Birth Pool
445.               Sandwells Hospital – Active Birth Mat, Beanbag and Active Birth Pool
446.               Sarah Bull, Stockport – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
447.               Scarborough Hospital– Active Birth Mat and Active Birth Pool
448.               Scottish Healthcare Edinburgh – Elliptical Birth Pool
449.               Scunthorpe General Hospital North Lincolnshire – Space Saver Birth Pool and Active Birth Pool
450.               Seiko Kamiya, Japan – Oval Portable Birth Pool
451.               Setagaya Birth House, Japan – Oval Portable Birth Pool
452.               Shayne Berger, Israel – Hexagonal Portable Birth Pool
453.               Sheba Medical Centre Tel Aviv, Israel – Two Active Birth Pools Ficore ®
454.               Shepton Mallet Hospital, Somerset – Oval Portable Birth Pool
455.               Simpson Centre for Reproductive Health, Edinburgh – Active Birth Beanbag
456.               Singleton Hospital Wales – Active Birth Pool
457.               Solihull Hospital – Two Active Birth Pools
458.               South Cleveland Hospital Middlesbrough – Deluxe Birth Pool
459.               South Jutland Hospital – Two Active Birth Pools
460.               South Jutland Hospital, Denmark – Two Active Birth Pools
461.               South Tyneside District Hospital – Active Birth Pool
462.               Southampton General Hampshire – Active Birth Pool
463.               Southend Hospital Essex – Oval Portable Birth Pool
464.               Southern General Hospital Glasgow – Deluxe Birth Pool, Original Birth Pool and Active Birth Beanbag
465.               Southmead Hospital Bristol – Active Birth Pool & – Active Birth Pool Ficore ®
466.               Spencer Hampton, Nottingham – Oval Portable Pool
467.               Splashdown Water Birth Services – Oval Portable Birth Pool
468.               SREE LAKSHMI GAYATRI HOSPITALS (P) LTD India – Active Birth Pool Ficore ®
469.               Sri Ramakrishna Hospital, India – Active Birth Pool Ficore©
470.               St Georges Hospital – Elliptical Birth Pool, Active Birth Pool and Deluxe Birth Pool
471.               St Helens and Knowsely Hospital – Active Birth Pool and Active Birth Mat and Beanbag
472.               St Helier Hospital Surrey Active Birth Beanbags, Kneeling Pads and Oval Portable Birth Pool
473.               St James University Hospital – Active Birth Mats
474.               St Johns Hospital, Howden, West Lothian – Oval Portable Birth Pool
475.               St Lawrence’s Hospital Cornwall – Deluxe Birth Pool
476.               St Mary’s Hospital, Isle of Wight – Active Birth Pool Ficore©
477.               St Mary’s Hospital, Isle of Wight – Deluxe Birth Pool
478.               St Mary’s Hospital, London – Venus Birth Pool – Ficore ®
479.               St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington – Two Venus Birth Pools and Oval Birth Pool
480.               St Mary’s Maternity Unit, Leicester – Deluxe Birth Pool
481.               St Michaels Hospital – Active Birth Pool – Ficore ®
482.               St Michaels Hospital Essex – Two Active Birth Pools
483.               St Michaels Hospital, Bristol – Two Active Birth Pools, Active Birth Mats and Active Birth Pool Ficore©
484.               St Richards Hospital Chichester – Active Birth Beanbag and Mat, Deluxe Birth Pool and Active Birth Pool
485.               St. John’s Hospital, Livingston – Three Active Birth Pools
486.               St. Johns Hospital, Livingston – Three Active Birth Pools, Kneeling Pads and Active Birth Beanbag
487.               St. Lukes Hospital, Kilkenny, Ireland  – Active Birth Pool Ficore ®
488.               St. Lukes Medical Centre, Philippines – Active Birth Pool
489.               St. Mary’s Hospital Portsmouth – Original Birth Pool
490.               St. Peters Hospital Chertsey – Original Water Birth Pool, Active Birth Beanbags and Kneeling Mats
491.               St. Vincent’s Private Hospital, Australia – Active Birth Pool – Ficore ®
492.               St.-Agnes-Hospital Bocholt, Germany – Princess Birth Pool Ficore ®
493.               Staffordshire General Hospital – Active Birth Pool
494.               Stanley Royd Hospital Yorkshire – Oval Portable Pool
495.               Stepping Hill Hospital – Deluxe Birth Pool and Hexagonal Portable Pool
496.               Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport – Active Birth Pool Ficore ®
497.               Stichting De Kleine Dolfijn, Netherlands – Oval Portable Pool
498.               Stirling Royal Infirmary – Active Birth Beanbag and Space Saver Birth Pool
499.               Stockport Birth Centre – Deluxe Birth Pool
500.               Stoke Mandeville Hospital – Active Birth Pool
501.               Stonegrove Hospital, Sheffield – Active Birth Pool
502.               Storkereden – Denmark – Active Birth Pool Ficore ®
503.               Storkereden, Copenhagen – Active Birth Pool Ficore ®
504.               Stroud Maternity Unit – Active Birth Mats, Optimal Compact Birth Pool, Hexagonal Portable Pool
505.               Sue Townend, West Yorkshire – Hexagonal Portable Pool
506.               Sunderland Royal Hospital – Active Birth Beanbag, Mat and Active Birth Pool
507.               Sunshine Coast University Hospital (VIC) – 4 x Active Birth Pools Ficore ®
508.               Sutton Hospital – Space Saver Pool
509.               Sydney Adventist Hospital, Australia – Two Princess Pools
510.               Sygehus Sønderjylland Aabenraa, Denmark – 4 x Active Birth Pools Ficore ®
511.               Tampere Hospital – Finland – 5 x Princess Pools Ficore ®
512.               Taunton and Somerset Hospital, Somerset – Active Birth Pool
513.               Telford Hospital – Princess Birth Pool and Active Birth Pool
514.               The Birth Centre London – Corner Birth Pool
515.               The Women Unit University Hospital Wales – Active Birth Pool
516.               The Womens Hospital Liverpool – Active Birth Pool, Active Birth Pool Ficore©, and two Princess Birth Pools Ficore©
517.               Thiele and Fendel, Germany – Active Birth Pool
518.               Torbay Hospital – Venus Water Birth Pool Ficore ®
519.               Torbay Hospital Devon – Deluxe Birth Pool
520.               Towers Hospital, Leicester – Deluxe Birth Pool
521.               Tristar Centennial Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn. – 2 x Active Birth Pools – Ficore ®
522.               Trowbridge Hospital – Deluxe Birth Pool and Oval Portable Pool
523.               Tunbridge Wells Hospital – Active Birth Beanbag
524.               Tyrone and Fermanagh Hospital, Northern Ireland – Oval Portable Pool
525.               Ulster Community Hospital, County Down – Oval Portable Pool and Hexagonal Portable Pool
526.               Ulster Hospital – Venus Water Birth Pool Ficore ®
527.               Ulster Hospital, Northern Ireland – Elliptical Pool, Deluxe Birth Pool and Active Birth Pool
528.               United Bristol Hospital – Active Birth Pool
529.               Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen, Holland – 2 x Active Birth Pools  Ficore ®
530.               Universitair Ziekenhuis Leuven, Belgium – Six Active Birth Pools Ficore ® with light and sound
531.               University College Hospital, London – 4 x Active Birth Stools
532.               University College Hospital, London – Versatile Birth Pool and Active Birth Pool
533.               University Hospital Lewisham – Active Birth Pool
534.               University Hospital Norfolk – Deluxe Birth Pool
535.               University Hospital of Hartlepool – Active Birth Pool
536.               University Hospital of North Durham – Active Birth Beanbag and Mat
537.               University Hospital Stockton – Active Birth Pool
538.               University Hospital Wales – Active Birth Pool
539.               University Hospital, Coventry – Two Amaryllis Birth Pools and Two Original Birth Pools
540.               University Maternity Hospital, Limerick – Venus Birth Pool Ficore©
541.               Vaasa Central Hospital, Finland – Venus Birth Pool Ficore©
542.               Vale of Leven Hospital – Active Birth Pool and Beanbag
543.               Victoria Hospital Norfolk – Oval Portable Birth Pool
544.               Victoria Hospital Staffordshire – Deluxe Birth Pool
545.               Wallingford Hospital – Two Princess Birth Pools
546.               Walsall Hospital – Three Active Birth Pools
547.               Walsgrave Hospital Coventry – Active Birth Pool
548.               Wansbeck general Hospital – Two Active Birth Pools
549.               Wantage Community Hospital – Original Water Birth Pool
550.               Warrington Hospital  – 2 x Active Birth Pools 2 x Princess Pools, – Ficore ®
551.               Warrington Hospital – Two Active Birth Pools
552.               Warwick Hospital – Active Birth Pool, Mat and Beanbag
553.               Water Creations, Derry – Oval and Hexagonal Portable Birth Pools
554.               Waterford Regional Hospital, Ireland – Two Original Birth Pools
555.               Watford General Hospital – Deluxe Birth Pool, Active Birth Pool and Active Birth Mat
556.               Wentworth Douglas Hospital, USA – Active Birth Pool
557.               Wessex Maternity Centre Hampshire – Deluxe Birth Pool
558.               West Cumberland Hospital – Deluxe Birth Pool and Venus Birth Pool
559.               West Cumberland Hospital – Venus Birth Pool
560.               West Dorset General Hospital – Deluxe Birth Pool
561.               West Middlesex Hospital –Optimal Water Birth Pool, Active Birth Pool and Deluxe Birth Pool
562.               West Suffolk Hospital – Active Birth Pool
563.               Western Isles and Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother Hospitals – Active Birth Pool Ficore©
564.               Western Isles Hospital – Active Birth Beanbag
565.               Western Isles Hospital – Active Birth Pool – Ficore ®
566.               Westmead Hospital, Australia – Active Birth Beanbags and Mats
567.               Weston General Hospital Weston Super Mare – Active Birth Pool, Beanbags, Active Birth Mat
568.               Wexford General Hospital, Ireland – Active Birth Pool – Ficore ®
569.               Wexham Park Hospital – Deluxe Pool, Amaryllis Birth Pool and Active Birth Pool.
570.               Whipps Cross Hospital – Deluxe Birth Pool and Space Saver Birth Pool
571.               Whipps Cross Hospital, London – 3 x Active Birth Pools, 1 x Venus Pool – Ficore ®
572.               Whipps Cross Hospital, London – Princess Pool Ficore ®
573.               Whipps Cross University Hospital – Princess Birth Pool Ficore ®
574.               Whiston Hospital – 2 x Princess Birth Pool Ficore ®
575.               Whittington Hospital –  Two Princess Birth Pools and Four Deluxe Birth Pools
576.               William Harvey Hospital – Active Birth Mat, Active Birth Pool and Elliptical Birth Pool
577.               William Julien Courtauld Hospital Essex – Oval Portable Pool
578.               Wishaw General Hospital – Original Birth Pool and Active Birth Beanbag
579.               Wishaw Hospital Lanarkshire – Deluxe Pool
580.               Wishaw Hospital, Lanarkshire – Active Birth Pool Ficore ®
581.               Withybush General Hospital – Active Birth Pool and Deluxe Birth Pool
582.               Worcester Hospital – Venus Birth Pool Ficore©
583.               Worcester Hospital – One Active Birth Pool and two Venus Birth Pools – Ficore ®
584.               Wycombe Hospital Bucks – Active Birth Pool
585.               Wythenshawe Hospital – Active Birth Beanbag and Mat and seven Active Birth Pools
586.               Yeovil District Hospital – Active Birth Pool and Active Birth Beanbag
587.               Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan – 3 x Original Water Birth Pools
588.               Yuriko Tatsuno Tokyo – Oval Portable Pool

 

 

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

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It’s easy to get in and out of our pools

In a wet environment there is increased risk of slipping.

Issues relating to Health and Safety, Manual Handling and plain common sense must be considered.

Manual handling experts strongly advise against the use of step units 

Multi-step units are commonly used but, they present critical safety risks, even if they have a handrail.

To have mothers in strong labour climb up, step over the rim and down into the pool is not safe or practical.

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

The Active Birth Pools way

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

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.

A simple, safe and economical solution.

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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Plans

CAD and 3D modelling plans available upon request – please contact us.

Active Birth Pool

Active Birth Pool II

Active 360

Venus Water Birth Pool

Venus II Water Birth Pool

Venus 360 Water Birth Pool

Princess Water Birth Pool

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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 225 kg
  • Venus Birth Pool: 1950 x 1420 x 890mm 185 kg
  • 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: 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: 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.

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

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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.

 

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

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Rated No. 1 for health and safety

The material we use is key to the performance and success of our water birth pools .

Seamless one-piece construction denies micro-organisms the environment they need to propagate.

Innovative ergonomic design provides maximum comfort, support and safety for mothers and midwives as they interact with each other and the pool.

It’s easy for mothers to get into our pools. They simply sit on the extra-wide rim and swivel in.

We’ve even devised a way for midwives to facilitate emergency evacuations that has become standard practice world-wide.

Many water birth pools on the market are equipped with features that at first might seem like an advantage, but in reality present serious safety and infection control risks.

Things to look out for…

(We’re not showing images of other birth pools to illustrate the points below as this could be contentious.)

Re-circulating water systems

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

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

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

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

Integral Plumbing Systems

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

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

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

UK regulations state that water birth pools fitted with thermostatically controlled  mixer taps plumbed directly into the hospitals water supply.

Hand held showers

Handheld showers present a significant infection control risk.

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

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

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

Pumped heating systems

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

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

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

Bacteria filters and disinfection systems

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

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

Overflow drains

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

Regulations are very clear on this point.

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

Surface mounted metalwork

Metalwork such as grab rails, taps and handles are an obstacle that comes between mother and midwife.

These fittings ALL present a serious infection control risk as the space between the surface of the pool and the fitting are perfect for bacteria.

Remember – bacteria are microscopic – even though the fitting may appear flush to the surface of the pool there is space for bacteria!

The Active Birth pools approach:

Thanks to the amazing properties of Ficore composite (the material we make our pools from) we’re able to bind the hand rails directly into the fabric of our pools.

Our lighting and drainage fittings are of the highest quality and have been inspected and passed by infection control specialists world-wide.

Double step units

In breech of Manual Handling protocols.

Mothers must not climb up and step over the sides of the pool to enter the water.

When not in use these step units present an obstacle and trip hazard.

Doors

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

Doors are mistakenly used for two reasons:

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

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

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

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

The Active Birth Pools approach:

Click here to find out how our birth pools give midwives safe, practical options for handling emergency evacuations.

Click here to find out how safe and simple it is for mothers to get into an Active Birth Pool.

Height adjustable pools

Manufacturers of these pools say that height adjustment makes midwives more comfortable and less likely to strain or injure themselves.

They are completely wrong!

Given the choice of standing or sitting comfortably in a stationary position for an extended period of time we all choose to be seated.

It’s that simple.

If you look at photos of midwives standing by elevated birth pools you’ll see that they are often uncomfortable.

If you look at photos of midwives sittingby the pools you’ll notice how the solid, vertical sidewall prevents them from getting their legs under the pool.

They are forced to sit with their legs and feet splayed wide  apart which  is not only uncomfortable but places considerable strain on her lower back.

If you’re considering a pool with one of these systems I suggest that you talk with midwives who’ve used them, look at photos and videos of them in action and then consider how much better off you’d be with an Active Birth Pool.

From a mothers standpoint I can’t imagine how she feels sitting in a big elevated bath tub in the middle of the room with people standing around her.

Mothers need to be grounded to give birth not hydraulically lifted.

The Active Birth Pools approach:

The crucial elements that make the difference are the rounded extra-wide rim and flowing concave skirting panel.

Look at the midwife in the photo above.

Notice how comfortable the she is?

Grounded with her feet forward, body upright, head aligned and arms resting comfortably on the wide round rim.

Fully supported, safeguarded and at ease.

And lets not forget partners and attendants who might sit for hours by the pool.

With Active Birth Pools they are perfectly pitched to support their partner and share the experience.

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Water Safety Management

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

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

Below a list of guidelines to help you create a safe water birth facility.

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Setting up a water birth facility

Hospitals in the United Kingdom have been evolving clinical guidelines for the use of water for labour and birth for over 3o years.

The protocols for operational policy that they’ve developed are widely regarded as the benchmark standard internationally.

Below a collection of guidelines and publications to help you create a water birth facility.

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

Waterbirth Guidelines – Midwifery Led Unit, Wirral Hospital

Choosing a Water Birth – East and North Hertfordshire

Birthing pool use of labour and delivery – Wansbeck General Hospital

Water birth and use of water in labour guideline – Buckinghamshire Healthcare

Water for labour and birth guideline – Northern health and Social Care Trust

Immersion in water during labour and birth – NHS Forth Valley

Intrapartum care midwifery led unit – Wirral Women & Children’s Hospital

Guidelines for water birth within the hospital and at home – Dartford & Gravesham NHS

Disinfection and Sterilisation policy (infection control) – Basingstoke and North Hampshire NHS FT

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Active Birth Pools: specially designed water birth pools for hospitals and birth centres

Water birth pools designed with the well-being of midwives and mothers foremost in mind

Features that set Active Birth Pools apart from the rest of the hospital birthing pools

  1. Extra wide rims make entering the pool safe and simple and are incredibly comfortable to lean on
  2. Optimum space, depth and support for complete freedom of movment
  3. Multi-colour LED lighting system
  4. Seamless one-piece construction in specialised materials to negate infection control risks
  5. Recessed handrails provide dynamic support in upright postures and help make squatting easier
  6. Bull-nosed shaped lip provides firm hand-hold all around the pool
  7. Fabricated in Ficore – a specialised material with superior properties unique to Active Birth Pools
  8. Water Birth Pools that are built to last for decades and guaranteed for life
  9. Integral bluetooth sound system allows mothers to connect with their phones and play the music of their choice
  10. Safety seat provides dynamic support in upright postures and is ideal for monitoring and emergency evacuations
  11. Seamless one-piece construction guarantees hygiene standards are easily met and maintained
  12. Superior heat retention – average heat loss only .7 degree and hour
  13. Purpose designed top quality drainage system that has passed all infection control inspections
  14. Pools made from Ficore are less slippery than pools made from fibreglass or acryllic
  15. Labour support seat encourages optimal position, provides support for upright positions and gives mothers a place to rest and welcome their baby
  16. The sculpted skirting panels hugs the outside of the polio create plenty of space under the rim for midwives to work closely in comfort
  17. Potable hoist compatible

Water birth pools that optimise hospital resources and guarantee highest levels of safety, value and performance

Mothers love the freedom of movement, comfort and support that our water birth pools provide