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Conditions of Hire

Please read the below conditions before confirming your Contract of Hire.

I am confident that the Birthing Pools/Slings leave my premises in perfect working order.

As soon as the birth pool or sling are in your home is up to you to take due care to insure the pool/sling is looked after and is returned in condition it was sent out to you in. Failure to do so will invalidate the guarantee and you may incur a fee.

The pool must have been unpacked and checked within three days of receiving it. This is to allow for enough time for any damage during transit to be identified and resolved. Any fault or failure of the pool must be reported to me immediately and no attempt to repair it without discussing it with me and to have my authorisation to repair. This applies throughout the period of hire.

It is the responsibility of you, the hirer, to ensure the safety of all those involved in the use of the pool and to make sure that the building or location in which the pool is placed is suitable for the purpose, e.g. is weatherproof and can take the weight of the pool. Except in respect of death or personal injury caused by our negligence, I do not accept liability for any consequential loss or damage, costs, expenses or other claims for compensation whatsoever which may arise out of or in connection with the hiring and use of one of my pools or slings.

In all other events my liability is limited to return of the hire charge.

 Use of these products is at your own risk. Please consult with your care provider to determine if this product is right for you.

Using the pool without the specific liner that is hired with the pool is a breach of the Conditions of Hire and will result in you having to pay for the value of a new pool! 

I wish to make it clear that the pool has a capital value which means that if for any reason you cannot return it at the end of the hire period we will expect that sum and also the hire period will extend until we have a pool ready to hire out. This also applies to damage to the pool such that we will charge you for the cost of repairs and the hire period will continue until the repairs are complete.

Any items not returned the hirer will be liable for paying the cost of the item. The hirer will ensure this is paid within five working days.

It should be decided by yourself if use of a pool or sling is suitable for you to use to help throughout labour. I make no claim on the medical benefits of using these items, my experience is anecdotal. 

The pool must remain at the address provided and in your possession unless otherwise discussed and agreed by myself.

I reserve the right to charge the full hire fee in the event of a cancellation less than one week before the beginning of the hire date

You, the hirer, are responsible for the pool during the duration of the hire period unless discussed and agreed with me.  It is understood that any replacement items provided by the hirer will be dispatched using a next day courier service. I cannot provide a same day courier under any circumstances. I may be able to deliver the items myself if you are reasonable close (within 20 miles) and if i am available to do so.

Any use of the pool for purposes other than those stated in the contract i.e. for labour and birth, will invalidate the guarantee.

The guarantee, as stated above, covers for repair or replacement of any faulty part. If a fault causes the pool to be unusable for the birth itself then a full refund will be made. However, the pool must have been set up and tested within three days of receiving it otherwise the refund is discretionary. I always ask you send me a picture of the pool inflated once it's arrived with you.

 Please clean and dry the pool before packing it ensuring it is protected from other items inside the box. Ensure that the pump is fully drained and as dry as possible, and all other packing guidance followed. A charge will be made for pools returned not meeting these guidelines and any charges made by our couriers, if used, for pools not sealed sufficiently or leaking liquid will be met by the hirer. 

You are responsible for anticipating the date of your baby's arrival. Refunds cannot be made if baby arrives prior to the pool being delivered, or if the pool cannot be used in labour due to unforeseen medical or midwifery directed changes of circumstance. Unfortunately, a cannot offer partial refunds for pools returned early or for pools not used. This is mainly because the pool has been hired to you for a specific time meaning i cannot hire out that pool to anyone else.

Ticking the box on the Booking Form is confirmation that you have read, understood, and agree to the above Conditions of Hire.

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