Birth Pool Hire

Why hire a pool from us?

Our main aim is to provide affordable pools to enable local parents-to-be to have the choice of birth they want. All donations raised from the hire of our pools goes directly to supporting the work of the PPC to maintain the pools for future hires.  Though our pool hires carry a suggested donation sum (what it costs us to maintain and hire out the pools) we also have concession arrangements for anyone who feels they are unaffordable as we never turn anyone away due to financial restraints.  Please contact our office and let us know if this would be useful.


Environmentally friendly

As we hire out our pools from central Edinburgh, there are no long journeys to be made to transport the pools.  All accessories are reusable (with the exception of the new sealed liner and hose) there is less waste making its way into landfill than if you opt to buy a one-time-use pool.  There are less resources used to keep making new, disposable pools.  We believe that our pools are therefore better for the environment.  In addition, you can reuse your own liner – suggestions from other parents include a pond liner for your garden!


What you can expect.

When you hire a pool from us, you can expect a safe, clean pool with everything in working order.  Along with the pool, we include all the equipment that you will need to have a water birth at home.  We also include a journal of birth stories from the pool’s history which you are welcome to add to and a Birth and Beyond magazine which also includes birth stories.


We currently only provide inflatable pools for hire.  Each hire includes:

  • Pool
  • Sealed, disposable liner
  • Hose pipe
  • Pool emptying pump and circuit breaker plug
  • Floor pads and heat retention cover
  • Tap adaptors, washers, thermometer, mirror and nylon net
  • Disinfectant for cleaning the pool
  • A contribution towards the upkeep and eventual replacement cost of the pool via the suggestion donation.

We ask for a £30 deposit to reserve your pool and that the full suggested donation is made in advance of the hire date.  On return of the pool, we will check it over and ensure there is no damage – if damage is found, we will first utilise your deposit to make good the damage and thereafter ask you to arrange to cover the additional expenses. It is for this reason that we remind you that whilst the pool is in your possession it is your insurance that covers the pool and accessories.

Our pools are hired out for approximately four weeks, usually two weeks either side of the time you expect your baby to be born.



Preparation for birth with a pool

Positioning the pool

We have been assured by pool manufacturers and engineers that the pools can be safely used in the majority of houses and flats. If you are in doubt about your own home, it is advisable to get a structural engineer to advise you (they can be found in the telephone directory) or, if possible, contact the builders of the property as they should be able to help. It is not necessary for the pool to be on the ground floor but it must be on the same level or below the water supply. The pump will not be able to empty the pool if it has to raise the water by over 5 metres (16 feet).

When deciding where to have your pool, choose the strongest part of the floor, such as a corner or bay window or over a load-bearing wall on the floor below.


Trying out the pool

We recommend that you try out the pool before your labour and birth, so that you have a good idea about how long it takes to set up and fill. It is also a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the feeling of weightlessness, which can be a great feeling in later pregnancy. You can use your sealed, disposable liner, and then make sure that it is wiped with disinfectant, rinsed, dried and ready for when you are in labour.

The disinfectant we provide is “Milton” and this has been specifically recommended for this use, and is used in hospitals

Or if you prefer you can buy a second, sealed, disposable liner from us at an extra cost of £35.  If this second liner has not been used and is returned unopened, we will refund you the £35.


Essential and useful equipment

  • An efficient portable room heater, which can heat up the birth room rapidly
  • A large strainer or sieve and bucket for removing debris from the pool if necessary
  • A large plastic sheet or shower curtain and/or bath mats to place beside the pool – a large non-slip bath mat is ideal and can be used later when bathing your baby
  • Plenty of towels and one extra kept warm for the baby
  • A towelling bathrobe
  • A low stool or two to assist you getting in and out of the pool and for birth partners/midwives to sit on. The plastic variety can be used both in and out of the pool
  • A space on the floor for use if you prefer to leave the pool.
  • A comfortable chair and a beanbag or pile of cushions
  • Protective gloves for using with the disinfectant


 What next?

If you are interested in hiring a pool from us, please email us on to find out if we have a pool available for rent, confirming your estimated due date. We will thereafter confirm if a pool is available for your hire dates and ask you to complete a booking form and arrange your deposit of £30 via cheque is possible. Closer to the time of the hire, we will contact you to discuss pick up of the pool and the outstanding suggested donation of £120, which is due a fortnight before your hire dates commence.

Please make all cheques payable to PREGNANCY AND PARENTS CENTRE


Collecting and returning our pools

To keep costs to a minimum, we ask you to collect and return your pool.  All the pools will fit into an average size car (the back seats may need to be folded down), but they can be awkward and heavy. We therefore recommend that you ensure that whoever is picking up the pool is prepared for this, either by being able to carry it themselves or enlisting the help of someone else, as we are unable to help with this. The pools must be returned within the specified dates.

All pools are collected from and returned to the Pregnancy and Parents Centre.  The Centre is usually open between 9.30am-5pm Monday to Friday and on some days later than this.   There is only 1 full-time person at the Centre  so please telephone the PPC at least one week before the pool is due to be picked up to arrange a mutually convenient time.

Looking after our pools

As the Pregnancy and Parents Centre is not a commercial hire company and relies on volunteers, it is essential that the pool is returned in a clean and dry condition ready for the next person to use. Full cleaning instructions are provided with the pool.  As the hirer, you are responsible for cleaning, disinfecting (disinfectant is provided) and drying the pool and its accessories according to these instructions prior to returning it to us. Please read and follow these instructions carefully.


Your deposit/full fee will be refunded provided we are able to rehire the pool to someone else for the same period.


Although the Pregnancy and Parents Centre has insured its pools, it is your responsibility to ensure that your own insurance will cover the unlikely possibility of the pool being stolen, becoming damaged, or of any other property being damaged while the pool is in use. This is particularly important if the pool is going to be stored/used in hospital. 

If you have any questions, please contact the PPC who will be happy to discuss any issues or who will be able to provide you with details of resources where you can read up.

Donating pools

If you have an unused pool which you would like to donate to the Pregnancy and Parents Centre, we would be glad to receive it, as long as it is safe and in good condition.