Meet husband and wife team Ruth and David Weston who run Aquabirths and Aquabirths at Home. They have five children, four of whom are waterbirth babies, born in the pools they now hire.
“You could say that we liked it so much we bought the company because initially Aquabirths was simply a mad impulse buy”, says Ruth.
“I wanted to hire a pool for the birth of my fourth child, but Alison, who’d founded Aquabirths, said she couldn’t help because she would be in New Zealand. I asked when she’d be back and Alison said she was emigrating!
Without someone to take over, Yorkshire would be without a birth pool company and I couldn’t let that happen… but we had only three weeks before Alison left so it was a whirlwind change to our lives.”
It was ten days later that Ruth and David became the proud owners of six birthing pools and a birth pool hire business. It was their first business, but motivated by a passion for enabling women to enjoy a good birth they learned how to make it work.
Twelve years on, and Ruth and David still hire birth pools, and now design and make them – here in the UK – for hospitals and birth centres here and all over the world!
And in the meantime, that passion for birth rights means they have become a hub for families, doulas, midwives and birth workers. Bradford Birth Choices, started by Ruth, still meets regularly to ensure pregnant women get all the information, support and nurturing they need for a good birth. They loan a range of helpful books through the group and Ruth speaks at conferences to spread the word on birth rights.
Ruth’s Bornstroppy blog shares her thoughts, there’s always something interesting on our Facebook page, and the monthly Choices newsletter is a great way to stay informed (sign up HERE). If you’re thinking of hiring a birthing pool, get in touch anytime
To find out more about our baths and equipment for hospitals, visit the Aquabirths Website
Our service aims to take the hassle out of having a baby. We provide a high quality pool with all the equipment you need and we provide personal support and information so you can make the birth choices you want.
We know there are many cheaper birth pools on the market but Aquabirths at Home is here to provide a high quality product and service because this is what women need and deserve.
Our pools are padded for comfort, insulated to maintain water temperature in the pool for many hours, and are easy to use. The double liner system means they don’t leak, the sturdy construction means they do not tip or deflate. They are roomy, but have flexibility so that, with beanbags and cushions, your ideal pool birth environment can be constructed.
We will put you on the Choices in Childbirth monthly mailing list so you are in touch with our birthing community of local support groups, information events and courses, and news on latest research, policy and birth experiences. We are always available if you want a chat, to pick our brains, or you are facing a challenge in getting the birth you want.
Two to three weeks before your pool is to be collected or delivered, we will be in touch for the payment balance and to make arrangements so the delivery and set up can go smoothly.
If we have not heard from you first, we will be in touch towards the end of the normal hire period to check if you need the pool for longer or whether we can arrange the return of the pool. We love to listen to birth stories and receive photos at this time – whatever the experience you had.
Booking and Payment
Hire costs £195 including VAT plus delivery.
You can collect the pool for free. Collection includes a free pool demonstration.
To book the pool
You can ring 0345 230 1381 and speak to one of our lovely staff members. Better still, if you are in the Bradford area, telephone Caroline on 07912 443 122.
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You can pay the £45 deposit via Paypal and we will get in touch with you for further information and to introduce ourselves.
Bradford Choices is the 2nd Tuesday of the month, beginning at 7.30pm. You can call Ruth on tel. 07824 990 345 for more information and venue.
Wharfedale Birth Choices Group meets at Ilkley Children’s Centre, on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 10:30am. Would love to see you there, and please do help us get the word out by inviting friends and colleagues to join the group. Speak to Caroline for more information HERE or find them on Facebook HERE
Huddersfield Birth Support Group meet on the third Thursday of the month at the home of Karen Himendra, 58 Longcroft, Almondbury, HD5 8XW. A small, friendly, informal group – come along for help, advice and support on the services available for Mums-to-be in Huddersfield area. Call Karen on 07702 706711 for directions. New members very welcome.
Calderdale Home Birth Support Group meet every six weeks. Find them on Facebook HERE
Leeds and Bradford Caesarean and VBAC Support Group. A ‘peer’ support group for women and their partners and children who are considering caesarean, who have had a caesarean and want to discuss their emotions relating to their experience, for women planning another baby or already pregnant and wondering about their options and choices to birth normally next time around. Click HERE to go to their Facebook Page.
Harrogate Homebirth Support Group. 3rd Sunday of the month, 10.30am – 12noon. Contact Margaret on 0757 401675 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Leeds Choices – Beechtree Kindergarten, Moor Road, LS6 4DB Leeds Choices is known as Leeds Homebirth Group and runs the second Sunday morning of the month, facilitated by Kerry Murphy. There are toys and the room is child friendly. Donations are requested to help cover the cost of the room and refreshments. Call Kerry on 07979 400033 for info and directions or email HERE.
Manchester Homebirth Group. Contact Jay Stratford on 0161 439 8505 or 07807 189562 or email: email@example.com.
Wakefield Choices Meets at 8pm on the first Monday of the month at different locations in Wakefield. We are a friendly, supportive lay group helping parents-to-be to work through their options and to find our more about their choices in Wakefield, and to discuss the various services available. Children unable to be left are welcome. No charge. Please call or text Emma on 07967 569282.
Choices in York is known as the local homebirth group for women and their partners who want a home birth or are thinking about it and want more info. Other birth choices are discussed, ie 3rd stage/ Vit k, induction / water/ tens/ hypnobirthing. The York contact is Alison Goodwin 01904 799097. Generally the meetings are held on the first Monday of the month.
Sheffield HomeBirth Group go to www.sheffieldhomebirth.org.uk or contact Michelle Barnes firstname.lastname@example.org
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The association for the improvement of maternity services
Help with deciding where to have your baby
For help and advice on vaginal birth after c-section
Tel : 0345 2301381
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