- Don't get into the water too early, wait until labor gets really hard
- Turn your water heater up all the way so that you don't run out of hot water. (Be sure to turn it back down after the birth)
- Keep some cool drinks and washcloths for the mom's head while she is in the pool.
- Consider taking an enema if your labor hasn't caused your bowels to clean out. Poop happens at births, no big deal unless you are swimming in it.
- Have extra towels on hand and put some in the dryer to warm when the birth is close. Wet babies get chilled.
- A clean garden hose. Don't stress your woman out by bringing in the dirty yard hose!
- If you can't hook the hose to your washer you will need a hose adapter.
- A flashlight shining into the water can help everyone see and make pictures possible.
- Buy an electric pump to inflate your blow up pool. Labor is not the best time to try to blow up a pool with your lungs!
- Put a piece of plastic under the pool to protect the floors
- Get a fish net to scoop any poop or birth goo from the water.
- A bucket to scoop out cold water when you need to add more hot.
- You might want a floating thermometer