I had 2 girls at home [midwife assisted]. The first, I tried a water birth. I got in the water too early, didn't walk, labor lasted 22 hours, after the birth I had too much bleeding and had to transport to emergency room for a pitocin drip. No big deal, was home in 2 hours. The worst part about this was a nurse who said my private area "looked like hamburger". I had a small tear and she didn't think my midwife stitched me up appropriately. [this woman was not exactly a picture of health so I would never have considered taking any "health" advise from her anyway] However, I never had any problems with healing. In fact, I healed rather quickly.
Second birth [at home], I WALKED AND WALKED AND WALKED AND WALKED! 3 hours of labor and I had another baby girl, no excessive bleeding. No tear. I guess my midwife knew what she was doing!
Even though the first birth didn't turn out as I "planned", I learned a lot, primarily about the strength that is within a woman. I wouldn't change a thing. In fact, pregnancy and labor were the fun parts! Raising preschoolers is another story!