Re: If you planned a water birth...poll!
Yep, had a tub and loved it, even though I didn't use it as much as I'd thought I would and I did not deliver in it (got out for a check and never got back in!).
I plan to have a tub this time too and hope to actually deliver int he water, but am fine either way. I also loved the shower while laboring as well. . .both were good for me, but different. The shower I was able to stand and sort of sway/move through the contraxs, so it was great as pain relief. . .for me the tub was better for really relaxing though since you don't have to support much of your own weight anymore. Although for me, the tub actually was a bit too relaxing and slowed my labor way down which is one of the reasons I got out. But I hope that for a second birth that the relaxation and even slow-down will be a good thing!
-- crunchy, BFing, homebirthin', SAH mama to my sweet guy, born 10.1.09 and my baby girl, born 1.19.12.
*I'm a stroke survivor.*