I used a 150 gallon rubbermaid feeding trough I got from a feed store.
It cost $70 That's what I gave birth to my youngest daughter in. It
was just perfect! Rounded edges, right size for two, easy for the
midwife to reach in, depth to cover belly in a squat, sides close enough
to use for support but not constricting. The thing I liked best about
it was the swirled patterns in the plastic, that in my
hormonally-induced high state looked like all kinds of birthing symbols.
They became my focal points for much of the labor. I think a
soft-sided tub would not have provided me the kind of support I needed
for laying over the side, and holding my squat while I moved my legs and
hips around during contractions.
A single hot water tank, heated to 140 F, was just the right amount of
hot, then cold, water to have it at a perfect 102 F.
A single hot water tank, heated to 140 F, was just the right amount of hot, then cold, water to have it at a perfect 102 F.