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Some women feel that the water helps them relax, but I've also heard others say they found it irritating. The water can only be at a certain temperature, so it won't have the same effect as a steamy bath. But the warm water can also help to soften your perineum and allow it to stretch a little more. You might find it easier to get into certain positions because you'll be slightly buoyant. But you're also more confined in the water. You can rock a little, but you can't get the full on motion of walking. You can also switch back and forth though.
The tub at the birth center I use has several different settings. Bubbles, water jets, even mood lighting. I preferred it dark and still, but other moms really liked the massaging jets.
The only cons I can think of for waterbirth would be any regulations set by a hospital or birth center. Obviously, a home water birth would be much more flexible. I had to hand baby off to get out of the tub to deliver the placenta. (high sides+steps+slippery feet=no go for baby) It wasn't too bad because she was passed straight to dad for skin to skin time with him, but I would have preferred to keep contact until after the placental delivery. Some places will only allow you to labor in the water up until a certain point.
The water helps me relax sooo much. With my first I labored in and out of the water and ended up delivering out of it. With my second I spent 80% of my time in the water. My labor was a breeze! I delivered him in the water and experienced no tears.