In 1987 Keith Brainin, Founder and Director of Active Birth Pools developed the world’s first specially designed water birth pool.
A portable pool fabricated from four sections of fibreglass and a waterproof liner designed for home or hospital use.
In 1988 Yehudi Gordon (obstetrician, active & water birth pioneer) asked Keith to design and supply a purpose built birthing pool for the birth unit at the Garden Hospital in North London.
Keith met with obstetricians, midwives and health and safety experts to discuss the considerations that needed to be taken into account.
Issues regarding material, plumbing, infection control, manual handling and shape & size were evaluated.
We followed Michel Odent’s sage advice of making the pool “Big enough but not too big – deep enough but not too deep”.
1989 Garden Hospital, London
In 1995 Keith met with Sue Hignett, a health service ergonomist who told me that she had some suggestions to make as to how my birth pools could serve mothers and midwives better.
Studies had revealed that by making the rim wider and removing the skirting panel we would dramatically improve the comfort and usability of our water birth pools.
Click Here for a copy of the case study ‘Improving Birthing Pool Design’ published by the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human factors.
1996 NHS Hospital, England
As you can see in the photo above the pool now has the extra-wide rim and cut away profile that are the hallmarks of an Active Birth Pool.
Moving forward to the present….
Fabrication in Ficore composite has enabled us to full realise the potential of the design.
With flowing forms and soft curves this is beyond a doubt the paragon of birth pool design and manufacture!
2015 Meadow Birth Centre, Worcester Hospital