What's better than buying or renting a birth pool? Getting one for free!
My sister-in-law had her fifth baby almost two weeks ago. Her local hospital provides La Bassine pools for laboring in (and accidental water births, which is what happened to my SIL--she got in the pool and her baby was born 4 minutes later!). When they were getting ready to leave, the midwife said something about "taking your birth pool home." It turns out they give you the birth tub and all of the accessories after your birth! So she is lending it all to me: the pool and the Deluxe accessory kit (hose, electric air pump, faucet adapter, "Y" adapter, thermometer, plastic floor cover, debris net, mirror, & instructions). How awesome is that?