Here are some of your options:
- Existing Bathtub
Using your existing tub for a water birth might be an option. Typically you will want the water deep enough to cover your abdomen, but this is not necessary. Older, deeper tubs are usually best, but some of the two person bathtubs can also be useful.
- Portable Water Birth Tubs
These are available for purchase or rent, for hospital, home or birth center. They vary in size and shape, so you will have options. You can also look into various accessories like a heating pad for the water, built in stools, etc.
- Kiddie Pools
One of the most popular ways to get a water birth tub is to buy a kiddie pool. Some women choose the hard plastic, others prefer the blow up, softer edges. This saves some money, but also risks not being as comfortable.
- Other Containers
One time I attended a home birth, where the mother had purchased a large, dark plastic, feed trough from Rubbermaid to use as her water birth tub. The shape was great and she place a small plastic stool in the bottom. The doctor who attended the birth, when I asked about the trough, said that it would have been perfect had the bottom not been dark. (We solved this issue with an underwater flash light.)
- Visibility (color)
- Rent or Purchase
- Accessories you would need