The simple act of getting into the pool is one of the most misunderstood aspects relating to the use water birth pools.
The truth is that multi-step units are dangerous and in the case of Active Birth Pools unnecessary as the photos below clearly demonstrate.
Health and Safety and Manual Handling experts strongly advise against the use of multi-step units as they present unacceptable safety risks.
They say that, “mothers in strong labour should not climb up and over the rim of the pool and down onto a submerged plinth because it is not safe or practical”.
In addition these bulky step unit take up too much space, obstruct movement around the pool and are a trip hazard.
With the help of Manual Handling and Ergonomic Design experts we designed a simple, safe way for mothers to get into our pools.
The distinctive extra-wide, bull-nosed shaped rim is relatively low making it perfect for mothers to sit on and gently swivel into the water.
There is no climbing – mothers are grounded at all times and safeguarded from risk.
All women no matter what their shape or size will find it exceptionally easy to get into our pools.
Mothers don’t even think about it – they move instinctively and naturally lower themselves into the water.
And midwives will be safeguarded from the risk associated with physically supporting mothers as they climbs up the steps .
To put this in perspective:
The average height of our pools is 75cm – about the same height as a desk or dining table.
Our 15cm high single step makes the height of the pool 60cm – the same height as an ordinary bathtub.
You don’t need a big step unit to get into your bath at home, do you?