as i'm completely hospital phobic (they freak me out completely and i totally lose control - don't know why..) i'm thinking about a home waterbirth even though this is my first baby. i have been appalled by the cost of hiring a birthing pool though! I was just wondering if anyone has given birth in one of the inflatable birthing pools (like http://www.madeinwater.co.uk/pool.html ) and if so what experiences people have had with them? (i'm just a bit concerned that the look like big paddling pools - do they do their job??!!) obviously it will need topping up with hot water as there is no heating element, but i figure that will keep dad-to-be occupied!! any advice would be greatly appreciated - i know i'm only just over 6 weeks pregnant but i'm really trying to look into all my options as early as possible.