ME ME ME, I had a hospital water birth it was amazing. Our midwife said it was the first planned waterbirth at the hospital.
A bit of history, we love our midwife and the hospital is really great, so we knew we were going to deliver there. We talked about water birth, but she pretty much said that the hospital would never go for us bringing in a birthing tub (liability), but she said that there were tubs in every room and jacuzzi tubs in 3 rooms, well we knew this but the tubs were small so you had to hope for a jacuzzi room being free. We briefly looked into other options, but they weren't for us. So we just planned on water labor in a small tub, I really hadn't planned on birthing in the tub.
Fast forward to labor, dh askes if a jacuzzi room is available, they say yes but it's being cleaned and we'd have to wait, I'm about to say fine, any room will do, but before I can dh say's "we'll wait", so we stand in the hall for 45 minutes. We get into the room, labor a bit, and then start the tub. I think I was in the tub for maybe 5 contractions befor I wanted out (dd was posterior, and the only thing that felt good was standing, go figure). So I stand through labor, when I hit transition, and just wanted to lay in bed and get knocked out, the midwife suggested I get back in the tub. I didn't want to do anything (have a baby, push, let alone get in the tub). But dh to the rescue again, he tells the midwife, yes she'll get in the tub.
I get in the tub and it was great, zero, I mean zero back pain. I still felt the contractions. I think the midwifes idea was she knew what we wanted and what could they really do at that point.
It was great go for it.
The only "problem" was they had no doppler type equipment for listening to the heartbeat under water. But that was worked out.