Birth Tub Rental

Laboring in water provides women with the privacy and autonomy that promotes more comfortable birthing. Maybe you can remember a time where you didn’t feel well, felt discomfort or maybe were just really fatigued…soaking in a warm tub provides the relaxation to relieve our discomforts. Our bodies are 60% water, so it just makes sense that water makes us feel better.

Labor Tub Rentals

We provide concierge labor tub rentals at the following local hospitals:

  • Boca Raton Regional Hospital
  • Good Samaritan Hospital
  • St. Mary’s Medical Center

*If you want to use a tub at a hospital not listed above, let us know.  We would be happy to discuss the situation with their administration.

What you can expect from us:

An Orchid Nest birth professional will be on call for you 24/7 upon receipt of your contract.  You will be provided our hot-line number to call when you are ready for your pool.  A staff member will arrive within one hour to set up your professional birth pool.  Each pool comes with a disposable, single-use liner to provide added confidence.  Once you are finished with your tub, you simply call us and we will come disinfect and remove it.

Frequently Asked Questions

How warm is the water?

Water should be maintained and monitored at a temperature that is comfortable for the mother, usually between 92-100 degrees Fahrenheit (32-38 degrees Celsius). Water temperature should not exceed 101 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) as it may lead to an increase in the mother’s core body temperature, which in turn may cause the baby’s heart rate to increase. It is a good idea to have plenty of water to drink to prevent dehydration and cold cloths for the mother’s face and neck. A cool facial mist from a spray bottle is a welcome relief for some mothers as well. If the mother is exhibiting signs of overheating, such as facial sweating or flushing, she should get out of the tub for a short period of time and the water should be cooled. The water does not need to be body temperature when the baby is born. Babies are more vigorous at cooler temperatures (92F/32C).

How can I “use” the tub for labor?

You can use the pool to find the most comfortable positions to labor and/or give birth. Having a birth pool does not mean that you will need to or want to have a water birth. The benefits of labor in water alone are worth the investment. You may want to lean up against the side of the birthing pool holding the handles on the outside walls with your legs behind you for contractions, or you may want to lean back with your legs in front of you. Your partner or birthing companion may get in the pool to help support you, or provide support/massage from outside the pool according to preference. Some women like to hold onto something solid when they are in the pool. Our tubs offer sturdy handles designed for this purpose.

What if I’m planning to use an epidural?

Even you are planning to use an epidural, a labor tub may help you get further into your labor before getting your epidural.  Epidurals are best used after dilating to 6 cm.

What is the best time to get into tub?

If you are planning an unmedicated birth, we recommend once you are in active labor, meaning when surges are around 3-5 minutes apart and the cervix is dilated to 5-6cm.  Sometimes getting in the tub too early, may cause labor to weaken or stall.  That being said, each woman and labor is different so use your best judgement.

Research studies have demonstrated that water is an effective tool to assist irregular surges to become more consistent or to use water immersion instead of Pitocin for a stalled labor. This reaction is due to an increase in Oxytocin levels and a reduction of stress hormones.

What do I wear?

It’s your birth, so it’s your choice.  Some women choose to be nude and others wear a bikini top.

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