DD3 & DD4 were water births and I loved them. After DD3 I knew I wouldn't birth any other way. I think the water made both labor and delivery easier to handle.
With DD4 after they broke my water you could smell there was infection but I still delivered in the water. I did develop a bladder infection after birth but I can't say with 100% certainty that it was from the water birth b/c I could have still ended up with one with a dry land birth since both the fluid and placenta had infection but just wanted to mention it anyway. Of course, I would've chosen a water birth anyway if it was certain!
Holly, mommy to 6 ~ 4 on earth 2 in Heaven