I'm just wondering what people's experiences are using water in labour. When I gave birth to my 14mth daughter I wanted to use the bath until it was time to push as that was what my midwives would allow however she ended up being posterior so I couldn't move from the bed as I needed an epidural and then a blood patch (joy!) and hence was very disappointed.
This time around (I'm 18 weeks now) I really want to spend as much time as possible in the water and so would like to know from other people's experiences how being in the water whether giving birth in there or not helped or perhaps even hindered their labour. I guess primarily how it affected contractions and perenium tearing.