Birth Pool Hire Contract

By hiring a birth pool from Auckland HomeBirth Community the hirer agrees that:

  1. Auckland HomeBirth Community (AHBC) owns the birth pool, hose, air pump and any other accessories, equipment and incidentals supplied with the pool (except the single use birth pool liner).
  2. The hirer 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 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 hirer’s 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 the hirer’s 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).
  3. It is important that this single use birth pool liner is used at all times! This liner is the hirer’s too keep. This liner is the hirers 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 the hirer (see 2.c.).
  4. The cost is $100.00 hire fee for the birth pool and 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 card holders. Please enquire.
  5. 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.
  6. The birth pool and supplied accessories/equipment will be collected from the birth pool coordinator by arrangement.
  7. 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 it’s 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.
    2. It is the hirer’s 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, etc.
  8. The birth pool and supplied accessories/equipment (but not the single use birth pool liner) will be returned to the pool 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 all hirers.
    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. If the pool is returned unclean, 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 the hirers nominated bank account.
    4. If any contamination or damage has occurred where cost of cleaning, repair or replacement is in excess of the bond, the hirer shall pay the difference within a timely manner.
  9. Usage of the pool is at the sole discretion and responsibility of the hirer
  10. Auckland HomeBirth Community is run by volunteers and as such, while the utmost care is taken, AHBC volunteers (including the birth pool coordinator) will not be held personally accountable for anything amiss with the birth pool and/or accessories/equipment. Should the hirer find anything missing, dirty, damaged or amiss upon receipt of the birth pool and accessories/equipment, the hirer shall contact the birth pool coordinator ASAP to discuss the situation.
  11. Auckland HomeBirth Community will maintain confidentiality of the hirer at all times.
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