hi, I have not posted here in a while. My NCB'd baby is almost 4 years now! Anyway, with the recent issue of Barbara Harper's birth pools being seized, it makes me wonder about something. Most birth pools are made of vinyl, some say they are free of the major toxins. Does this concern anyone? I did not use a pool during my NCB. But, we try to be a vinyl-free house so I am wondering about the idea of laboring in a vinyl pool. Now that I think about it, laboring in a vinyl pool sounds kinda icky! We don't even use vinyl play pools for the kids for health reasons. We feel they are toxic. So, what do you all think about vinyl birth pools? Does anyone use one and yet not use vinyl in other parts of their life? Do you think maybe the feds seized Ms Harper's pools because they are made from bad vinyl, like the cheap stuff from overseas?
I did read the other thread here about her pools and I have looked into the issue. Her pools had a MAUDE report done at the FDA by someone anonymous, meaning someone thought they were potentially harmful and should be classified as a medical device, thus necessitating further testing to prove they are safe.
So, just curious about this issue and figured this was the place to ask! Are there pools that are proven to be safe and non toxic?
I can kind of see why the pools were taken. It's pretty much impossible to completely sterilize a portable pool (to medical standards). And if you're using the same one for multiple women, and membranes have been ruptured, it is an increased infection risk. I don't personally have a problem with the vinyl because the pool is being used by each person for a relatively short period of time. I do think that each pool should only be used by one person for birth. Or, at the very least, women should acquire their own pools because it would limit the midwife's liability.
I gave birth twice in one of those kinds of reusable birth tubs (BPIAB and La Bassine). The vinyl doesn't bother me. And I had a brand new liner for my tubs that covered right over to half way down the outside, so I had no worries about contaminants either.
I dunno...it just doesn't seem like the most likely risk. The benefits of labouring in the deep water, in my own home (zero option of buying a jaccuzi or using our family bath) absolutely outweighed any risk of infection or toxins due to vinyl. I don't see how it could be worse than labouring on hospital sheets or a birth center birth ball.
No, they can't be sterilized, but we used professional grade cleansers on the tubs before the liners went on, too. My husband works in the medical field, so he has access to excellent cleansers.
Christy birth doula, Hypnobabies instructor, small business owner & most importantly MOMMY.