Birth Pool Hire Contract

We get that reading lengthy contracts is annoying but it’s really important that you read all of it. If you don’t you could end up with a bill for $400 or more! Worse is that you could end up making someone or their baby sick. So please, please make sure you read ALL of this contract!

By hiring a birth pool from Auckland HomeBirth Community you agree that:

  1. You, the hirer, WILL INDEED read this ENTIRE contract carefully. You accept that failing to do so may result in cancellation of your hire or replacement of a pool AT YOUR EXPENSE (these pools can cost $400-$800+!)
  2. Auckland HomeBirth Community (AHBC) (also known as Auckland Home Birth Association or AHBA) owns the birth pool, hose, air pumps and any other accessories, equipment and incidentals supplied with the pool (except the single-use birth pool liner which is yours to keep).
  3. You will pay:
    1. The hire fee and bond which must be paid within 7 days of booking unless a prior arrangement has been made with the birth pool hire volunteer coordinator.
    2. Any cost associated with repair or replacement of the birth pool and accessories/equipment due to damage incurred during hire and/or whilst the pool and supplied accessories/equipment is in the your care/possession that is in excess of the bond (in which case the bond will not be refunded).
    3. Any cost associated with cleaning of the birth pool and accessories/equipment due to contamination during hire and/or whilst the pool and supplied accessories/equipment is in your care/possession or due to insufficient cleaning before returning the pool that is in excess of the bond (in which case the bond will not be refunded).
  4. It is important that the single-use birth pool liner is used at all times! This liner is yours to keep.
    1. If the single-use birth pool liner is not used, the bond will not be refunded (due to extra cleaning required) and any additional cleaning costs incurred must be paid by you (see 3.c.).
  5. The cost is $140.00 hire fee for the inflatable birth pools or $125.00 hire fee for the framed birth pool (including accessories/equipment), $50.00 refundable bond plus the cost of a single-use birth pool liner.
    1. No refund of the hire fee can be given if the pool is not used.
    2. There is a discount for Community Services cardholders. Please enquire.
  6. The bond, hire fee and single-use birth pool liner cost shall be paid to Auckland HomeBirth Community, bank account no. 38-9020-0477325-00.
    1. The Order Number must be used as the reference when making the deposit/transfer.
  7. The birth pool and supplied accessories/equipment will be collected from the birth pool coordinator by arrangement (see the Pool Pickup & Return tab).
  8. It is important that the supplied instructions on the use and care of the birth pool and accessories/equipment are followed at all times! Any and all people who use the pool or help with its use must also follow these instructions!
    1. Failure to follow instructions can cause damage to the pool and/or equipment and will result in loss of bond and additional cost if over and above the value of the bond (up to including the full cost of replacing the pool).
    2. It is your responsibility to ensure that everyone who handles the pool whether that’s setting the pool up, filling the pool or using it, reads the instructions! This includes partners, doulas, birth support people, family, friends, helpers, etc.
  9. The birth pool and supplied accessories/equipment (but not the single-use birth pool liner) will be returned to the pool hire volunteer coordinator ASAP and, at most, within 7 days after birth.
    1. AHBC reserves the right to request return of the birth pool and accessories/equipment sooner than 7 days after birth in times of high demand to ensure availability to others.
    2. The birth pool and all accessories/equipment supplied (except the single-use birth pool liner) MUST be well cleaned and well dried as according to the supplied cleaning instructions, and returned in the tidy manner in which they were collected. This is VERY IMPORTANT! If the pool is returned uncleaned, the bond cannot be refunded due to the extra costs required in cleaning.
    3. Upon return of the undamaged, cleaned and dried birth pool and accessories/equipment (but not the single-use birth pool liner) AHBC will refund the bond to your nominated bank account.
    4. If any contamination or damage has occurred where the cost of cleaning, repair or replacement is in excess of the bond, you will be liable pay the difference within a timely manner.
  10. Usage of the pool is at the sole discretion and responsibility of you, the hirer.
  11. Auckland HomeBirth Community is run by volunteers and as such, while the utmost care is taken, AHBC volunteers (including the birth pool hire volunteer coordinator) will not be held personally accountable for anything amiss with the birth pool and/or accessories/equipment. Should you find anything missing, dirty, damaged or amiss upon collection of the birth pool and accessories/equipment, you will contact the birth pool volunteer coordinator ASAP to discuss the situation.
  12. Auckland HomeBirth Community and its volunteers will maintain your privacy and confidentiality at all times.
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