I agree that water birth is definitely not pain free, but I does take the edge off the contractions, especially with back labor. I haven't torn with my 2nd and 3rd births, and only my 3rd was an actual water birth. I did labored in the water with my 2nd, though, which really sped things up since I was able to relax and just focus on handling the waves instead of dreading the pain.
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11/10/11 at 6:19am