I found out that the hospital I will be delivering at has one room with a tub in it(all of the others have showers). I delivered my other two kids at this hospital and the tub was never mentioned to me (even though they knew I was aiming for as few interventions as possible). I was very excited to hear this as I think it would've felt great to be in water during labor with DD. Anyway, my L&D RN friend said that laboring in water is "not as fun as everyone says it is" and said it is messy and not really that great (I don't think she's ever been in the tub herself as she had epidurals when she delivered). So that made me doubtful that it would help me achieve a med-free birth.
How many of you felt like laboring in a tub helped during labor? Is it overrated? From reading lodges, it sounds like the majority of women who are allowed to get in water during labor find it helpful.