I can't decide on the water birth idea either. I watched a water birth where the mom didn't make a sound, she reached down and said the baby is coming, next thing you know it was there, she pulled it up onto her chest, wahoo baby born. It seems like a lot of the water births I've seen the laboring mom seems to be in less stress...maybe this is just the limited stuff that I have seen. I just can invision it. Found out that my mw is going to be moving her practice and will now have a birthing center...kind of appeals to me just because everything is there, no need to get a pool, but then like at the hospital you have to travel there, and go home. I just don't know how we would make the pool happen.
On the in-laws, when I asked them if they would be willing to take my fur kids (I thought that would be less stressful for the dogs, and me, they tend to like to be in the middle of all the action)...my FIL said he would want to be at the birth. I really don't know how I feel about that, like Erinz said I would prefer some of that private stuff to stay that way. My mom home birthed me, so I'm thrilled that she is hoping to be there (but she is out of state so that is a whole different thing to try to arrange). At the same time my FIL raises cattle, so he's pretty knowledgeable on this stuff, LOL! They are extremely sweet people, and would be VERY helpful, I just don't know how I feel about it yet.
I also can't decide on video or not...might have something to do with the same lines as not knowing if I want my in-laws present.
blumom2boyz- I agree it's SO neat to call her by her name instead of baby