my labor (40 hours) was most managable in the double headed shower at
the hospital. It was fantastic for managing contrax. Early labor, about 6
hours of it, was spent in the tub. I would love to - if I have another - do it
in the water, it only makes sense.
My sil did it, at home, with a midwife, it was excellent. The midwife dropped
off a kiddie pool, inflatable, about 2 1/2 feet high once sil was term and it
worked wonders. And the baby (her third) was huge, 10.5 pounds, and
everything went so smoothly .
I have done lots of reading about this and it is a great thing, I only wish
more hospitals were more accommodating.