Re: Pros and Cons of water birth??
I laboured in water 4 times and delivered in water twice. First time I didn't like it. I think in hindsight I got in too early. Couldn't keep the water warm enough, and it just felt "off". I ended up being transferred and delivered via c-sec.
Next two births were textbook perfect water births. Quick, easy, and relatively pain free.
Fourth birth I didn't have my big birthing tub. I tried labouring in the bathtub and HATED it. Turns out that I was most comfortable standing and delivered that way.
I think you can "prepare" all you want for a water birth, but you aren't going to know what feels right and good until you're in it. You might love it, it might work great, but it might also be weird and you might want something else. Nothing wrong with that.
Elaine, SAHM to E (11/07), J (8/09), A (2/11), and our newest blessing G (11/12)