I'm very much considering a water birth for my second baby. With my first (a land birth lol), my midwife was great and did lots of lube and stretching for me and perineal support. I had a few small tears and one that needed some stitching. I don't want to know what would have happened if she had not done been there to help ease the baby out.
When you have a water birth, is it not possible to offer perineal support? I'm not sure how a midwife would be able to get herself into a position where she could assist like that. I'm wondering if the water takes away the need for perineal support?
and one other question. Does a water birth do anything for the ring of fire pain from crowning?
please feel free to sing any water birth praises you have, I'd love to hear them!