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Hiring a birth pool 

The birth pool hire pilot is on hold and our waiting list is currently at capacity. We will let you know on this page as soon as we are able to resume. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Please be aware that to be eligible for a home birth you will need to be completely asymptomatic for COVID-19, including any family living with you.

In addition, guidelines issued by the Government and Hospital Trusts around home births are being updated regularly and we cannot say what the guidance will be when your baby is due.  

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When you have discussed your choices for your place of birth with your midwife, you may have opted for a home birth.

If you would like to use a birthing pool as part of your home birth experience we are offering a number of pools for hire for use in the home environment.

A pilot programme is underway to provide a hire service for pools at a considerably reduced cost to expectant mothers across Humber, Coast and Vale. The area includes Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, Goole, Bridlington, Hornsea, Withernsea, Scarborough, Selby, York, Malton, Pickering ,Scunthorpe and Grimsby also some of the surrounding villages.

There are a number of advantages to giving birth in water

  • Shorter labour
  • Excellent pain relief
  • Relaxation
  • Sense of privacy and control
  • Improved mobility
  • Gentle transition from the womb for baby
  • Contains much of the birth 'mess'

The cost to you will be £25 and different payment options are available. The cost of the pool and TENS machine is subsidised by Humber Coast and Vale Local Maternity system and will only be available at this very reduced cost for families within the geographical area of eligibility. This service is supported by us to enable women within our area of care to have better access to facilities to support home birth and give a service to patients who might not normally be able to afford this service. If you are outside of this area you may organise a hire service direct with the company or another pool hire company but this will be at the normal hire cost.

If you are interested in participating in the pilot programme please email us with:

  • your name
  • a contact telephone number
  • your postcode
  • your expected delivery date. 

If you are eligible to participate in the programme we will let you know and forward your contact details to The Birth Partnership . This is the company that has been contracted to manage the complete hire service of the birth pools. The company will contact you and make the necessary arrangements with you personally and take payment when the time comes for delivery of the pool. Your birth pool will arrive complete with everything you need for a waterbirth at home. Full instructions will be provided for the setting up and repacking away of the pool and what to do with the additional equipment provided. It is recommended to have a dry run before the big day to reduce the likelihood of any issues when it comes to the birth.

If you are considering hiring a pool within this scheme you may contact us at any time and be placed on the company's list for future hire. This confirms your interest but no payment will be taken until the pool is ready to be shipped later in your pregnancy. Should your birth intentions change prior to the payment date you will not be charged for the pool, however please could you contact the company if you no longer require to be on the list so it can be then offered to another family in order for them to benefit from this service.

The hire service is available from 36 weeks of pregnancy, (home births are available from 37 completed weeks of pregnancy) and you may keep it until after the birth when collection will be arranged. A T.E.N.S (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) machine for pain relief out of the pool and in the early stages is included in the hire cost. A TENS machine works by sending small intermittent amounts of current through electrodes taped onto your back. It is powered by battery so is completely portable and can be used at home or hospital and travelling between and is an excellent method of pain relief especially in early labour. TENS machines work by stimulating your body to produce endorphins which are your bodies own natural pain killers and they also reduce the pain signals sent to the brain by your spinal cord. There are no known side effects for you or your baby.

Please let us know if you have any further questions.

Please note: you are responsible for all equipment during the hire period. Any damage will be chargeable at cost.

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Your baby is now officially an embryo and is about the size of a poppy seed.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/4-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby is now the size of a kidney bean and weighs 1g. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/8-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Welcome to the second trimester!

Your baby is about the size of a small lime and weighs approximately 14g.

You have hopefully seen your midwife for your 'booking in' appointment, if you have not yet seen a midwife please make an appointment quickly, so you can have all of your choices about screening tests explained and offered to you.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/12-weeks-pregnant/ for more information. You can also link to the 'Pregnancy Journey' area here.  


Your baby is about the size of an avocado and weighs approximately 100g. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/16-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby has grown in length and is now the length of a small banana and weighs approximately 300g. Around this time you will be offered your '20 week' scan, also known as the 'anatomy' or 'anomaly' scan.Click here for more information about screening. 

This is a also a good time to talk and sing to your bump as your baby can now hear sounds. This is great way for you and your partner/family to bond with your baby.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/20-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby has grown again to the approximate length of an ear of sweetcorn and weighs about 600g. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/24-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Welcome to the third trimester!

Your baby is now approximately the weight of an aubergine; about 1kg and approximately 37cm in length. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/28-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby now weighs approximately the same as a coconut; around 1.5kg. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/32-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby is now around the same size as a lettuce, approximately 47cm long and weighs around 2.6kg. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/36-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby is now the weight of a small watermelon which is approximately 3.3kg and around 50cm in length. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/40-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.