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  • Tutorial No. 119: Economic impact

      The only way of improving maternity services is to optimise facilities, save money wherever practical and normalise childbirth to a far greater extent. Studies have shown that women who are supported during labour need to have fewer painkillers, experience fewer interventions and give birth to stronger babies. After their babies are born, supported women feel […] The post Tutorial No. 119: Econo...

  • Tutorial No.118: Physiological design

    Physiological design embraces ergonomic and evidence based design principles and applies them to the physiological dynamic of labour and birth to optimise the experience of mothers and midwives. Ergonomics is an applied science that takes into account the relationship between people and the products that they use to maximise productivity and increase safety & comfort. Evidence-Based […] The post T...

  • Tutorial No. 117: Optimised performance – minimised risk

    An incomparable combination of design, materials & manufacturing “ The form is based on organic shapes to make the pool more approachable psychologically and help the mother relax and be comforted The breakthrough ergonomic design safeguards mothers and midwives and provides unparalleled intimacy, comfort and support The mother has complete freedom of movement and is […] The post Tutorial No. 117:...

  • Tutorial No. 116: Safeguarding midwives

    All other water birth pools have either a solid vertical surrounds or skirting panels like this….. or are built  into structures like this… These present not only significant infection control issues but are incredibly uncomfortable for midwives to work with and therefore present unacceptable Health & Safety and Manual Handling issues. These types of surround […] The post Tutorial No. 116: Safegua...

  • Tutorial No. 115: Extra-wide rim – key to success

    The broad, round wrap-around rim is a distinctive feature of our pools. This unique feature together with flowing, form hugging outer panel makes the critical difference between Active Birth Pools and others on the market. The combination of these features provides a multitude of benefits & safeguards for mothers & midwives. This unique and innovative approach to the design of water birth […] The ...

  • Tutorial No. 114: Engineering & build quality

    Construction in Ficore® composite allows us to manufacture solid, seamless, one-piece water birth pools with sculpted, concave skirting panels that provide considerable structural and engineering advantages. The weight of the pool is not only borne by the stainless steel feet, but are also supported by the wide flange on the inside of the skirting panel […] The post Tutorial No. 114: Engineering &...

  • Venus Water Birth Pool in the Birthing Unit @ Llandrindod Wells Hospital

    This just in…. Another lovely birthing environment! The mid-size Venus Pool’s design heritage stems from the proven principles we developed in the 80’s and takes them to new levels of excellence with seamless construction in Ficore® composite. An understanding of physiological design, manufacture and safety has enabled us to optimise the pool to benefit & […] The post Venus Water Birth Pool in the...

  • Cakes inspired by the miracle of childbirth

    I was bowled over when I caught site of the cake that Amanda Youngs cooked up.   Midwives are not only highly-skilled at delivering babies safely into the world – they’re very talented bakers too! Every year the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) asks its members to embrace their creative side and bake midwifery-inspired cakes. They’re urged to create […] The post Cakes inspired by the miracle of chi...

  • Place of Birth and Concepts of Wellbeing: An Analysis from Two Ethnographic Studies of Midwifery Units in England

    Christine McCourt, Juliet Rayment, Susanna Rance and Jane Sandall ABSTRACT: This article is based on analysis of a series of ethnographic case studies of midwifery  units in England. Midwifery units1 are spaces that were developed to provide more home-like and less me dically oriented care for birth that would support physiological processes of labour, women’s comfort and […] The post Place of Bir...

  • Tutorial No. 120: Manufacture & build quality

    Active Birth Pools are handmade to order in the United Kingdom by Design & Form Ltd. Our specialism is applying physiological design principles to the development of water birth pools and associated equipment. Design & Form’s specialism is materials & manufacturing. We have both been at the forefront of our respective industries for over 30 years and bring […] The post Tutorial No. 120: Manufactur...

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  • Using Water During Labor and Birth

    Originally published by Jessica Vogtman: November 27, 2016 Humans have an integral relationship with the element of water. It runs through our veins, we are born of it, and it is necessary for our survival. We are drawn to it for escape, adventure, release, and cleansing. As a woman is preparing to give birth, water […] The post Using Water During Labor and Birth  appeared first on Active Birth Po...

  • Update: Active Birth Bed

    The revolutionary new Active Birth Bed will be available for delivery in two weeks! The trial in the new Lotus Birth Centre at the Royal London Hospital has been very successful. Midwives have said: ‘I was surprised and impressed with this bed – and feel it’s much more than a bed! The beautifully crafted furniture […] The post Update: Active Birth Bed appeared first on Active Birth Pools.

  • Active Birth Pools: YouTube channel

    Have you checked out our YouTube channel? https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkvsYMDrlb6WjFrycR1eddQ You’ll find a great collection of informative & inspiring videos in many languages including: French Spanish Italian Russian Arabic Chinese Portuguese German Please take a few minutes to view these popular new videos: Freedom of Movement  Active Birth Bed Entering and Leaving the Pool The post Active...

  • Cleaning and disinfecting your water birth pool

    This is a two-step procedure – first cleaning of the pool and surround, then disinfection of the pool and surround. Prior to emptying the pool remove debris and larger particles from the water with a sieve to prevent it from blocking or obstructing the outlet. Use the standard infection control precautions (plastic apron, disposable gloves […] The post Cleaning and disinfecting your water birth po...

  • Worth a thousand words….

    Its said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Here are two images: The photo at the top shows the midwives at the Royal Berkshire Hospital gathered around their pool 25 years after it was installed. The next photo shows the midwives in the Birth Centre at Pinderfield’s Hospital gathered around their new Venus Birth […] The post Worth a thousand words…. appeared first on Active Birth Pools.

  • Piscinas Active Birth

    Si está buscando una piscina de partos para su unidad de maternidad, nosotros estamos altamente cualificados para ofrecerle este servicio Desde Active Birth Pools hemos contribuido a ser pioneros en el uso de agua a la hora de dar a luz, diseñando las piscinas de partos que han hecho posible esta revolución en el área […] The post Piscinas Active Birth appeared first on Active Birth Pools.

  • Uniquely qualified to be of service

    If you’re looking for a water birth pool for your birth centre or maternity unit we’re uniquely qualified to be of service. We helped pioneer the use of water for labour and birth by designing the water birth pools that made this revolution in maternity care possible.   Since 1987 we’ve supplied 1,000’s of water birth pools to […] The post Uniquely qualified to be of service appeared first on Acti...

  • Helping midwives create Better Birthing Environments

    Our mission is to help midwives create Better Birthing Environments. By this we mean environments that encourage, enable and facilitate physiological labour & non-medicalised birth.   At the heart of a Better Birthing Environment is the water birth pool. Nothing is as effective in helping mothers cope with pain in labour.   Active Birth Pools are […] The post Helping midwives create Better Birthin...

  • Tutorial No. 102: The application of ergonomic design principles

    I became aware of ergonomic design when I met with Health Service Ergonomist Sue Hignett in the mid 90’s. She explained how the design my pools could be improved to better serve mothers & midwives. Here’s a copy of the article she wrote for the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors: For a PDF […] The post Tutorial No. 102: The application of ergonomic design principles appeared first ...

  • After 30 years we’d like to think that we’ve got it right

    Mothers and midwives love our pools. Hospitals rate them No.1 for Safety, Value & Performance. Why? Because we are passionate about what we do and have been for 30 years! Because our unique experience & manufacturing capability enables us to maximise performance & minimise risk.   We have achieved success by caring about every detail. We keep things simple, but […] The post After 30 years we’d lik...

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