My Hospital has tubs to labour in and as far as I know they dont rule out water births but my Ob has never performed one and said he would be recommending to me to get out for the actual birth.
Obviously this is possible but Id hate to think that I will get all relaxed and used to the water helping my pain (and not wanting any pain relief) then having to get out to birth and finding I want pain relief (which will be too late for some (and id rather not have gas))
It sounds to me like the Ob just doesnt want to do it because he is not experianced (and I dont particularly want to be his first!). I asked him what happens if Im already in the water when its time to push and he said "Id be strongly recomending you get out". I have not forced the issue with him (im only 10 weeks and just had our 1st appointment the other day).
Just a side note - I am seriously thinking of having a Doula for support (to take the pressure of DH a bit), perhaps if she is experianced in water birth could this help and open the door to the option of birthing in the water or should it just be the Ob who should oversee the birth and be 'in charge' since he is qualified?
I am not in the frame of mind that i HAVE to have a water birth, as this is my 1st baby i dont know what labour will be like or how my body (and mind) will cope with it. I am not anti drugs although would like to give it a go without them.
Has anyone experianced anything like this or have any comments?