I went to L&D yesterday for an NST because LO was barely moving all day, which was unusual for him. Luckily, he's absolutely fine, just tired yesterday, I guess. But, the midwife on call was looking at my records and noted that I wanted a water birth and have a really bad case of SPD. She said that she doesn't think the water birth is possible, and if she's the midwife on call when I'm in labor, she won't let me do it . She's apparently concerned that if something should happen I may not be able to get out of the tub quickly enough. My husband is very, very strong and has carried my big butt pregnant self around constantly late in this pregnancy when my SPD has been at its worst, so I know that he could get me out of the tub without a problem, but she wouldn't hear it. I'm now super bummed. I wanted a water birth even before the SPD, and now with the SPD the only time I'm comfortable is in the water. I really hope she's not on call when the time comes, or if she is, somehow I can show her how I can get in and out of the tub.
That's a crock. If they really needed to get you out of the tub quickly, they'd be able to. She's just thinking of her own convenience. You can get in the water if you want. All they can do is advise against it.