I'd really like a water birth for this baby, but in my head it is always... really messy. Now, I understand that birth is a fairly messy process and hope to have a my best friend here with me to help clean it up (because, well, DH doesn't handle bodily fluid type mess well. At all.) but I'm not quite sure how to go about it... am I going to need a pump to get rid of the water etc?
Second, thanks to my OB, I tore pretty badly during my first delivery (3rd degree tear). One of the reasons I really want a water birth is that in my head it just makes sense that water would help prevent a bad tear. I'm going to be pro-active in prepping my perineum for birth because I have absolutely no desire to go somewhere to have it stitched up. I don't want to deal with the car ride, the waiting, the questions etc.. So I guess my question is... do you ladies have any good tips to help prevent tearing? Will a water birth make a noticeable difference? Would I be find with just leaving a small tear alone?