Has anyone here had experience with births both in the water and out?
I've wanted a water birth since my first but it wasn't an option that was available to me until now. Our hospital installed a birthing tub about a month after I gave birth to DS so I could have one this time. I got to thinking about it today and honestly it isn't as appealing to me anymore. I had a wonderful birthing experience with DS, I got to pull him out myself and his eyes locked with mine as I pulled him up to my chest with DH right next to me. I guess I'm kind of worried that maybe being in the birthing tub will 'seperate' me from DH and having the water barrier when he first comes out might take away something? DH is adament that if I have a water birth he's not going to be in the tub and he would prefer that I don't but of course ultimately it's up to me.
I do love water, I've been a water person since I was born. I take baths all the time, especially when I'm in pain or uncomfortable, but I know I can handle labor without water too since I've done it. Another thing is, from my understanding the birthing tub is in a special room. Our hospital has you stay in the same room for labor, delivery and postpartum and I liked it that way. I wonder if that will make a difference. Of course I have plenty of time too, so maybe I'll go back to feeling strongly about wanting one before the baby is born. I have my 1st midwife appt on Tuesday so I'm not sure if you have to let them know you want it before you go into labor or if it's something you can decide while in labor. Has anyone had an experience with a hospital water birth?
So, anyone who has had both? What was your experience? Were they pretty equal? Loved the waterbirth(s) and wouldn't have it any other way? Thought both were nice for different reasons? Would prefer an out of water birth?