ds was born at home in water with one hand up by his head and the other arm bent so his elbow was up by his head. but somehow i didn't tear even a tiny bit, not even a skid mark! my MW looked at my yoni 2 days after the borth and said it looked like i hadn't given birth. wow.
however, the afterpains were absolutely EXCRUCIATING. this was my 2nd child and i have heard after pains get worse with subsequent births, especially if they were bad with the 1st, which they were. ds was born at 9:45 pm, and i wimpered my way through the whole night (especially when he nursed, that hurt the most as it stimulated my uterus t contract). called my doc inthe morning and got a Rx for vicodin, because nothing else would touch the pain(including homeopathy, which i usually use exclusively).
also, i was in a ton of pain right after the birth because i couldn't pee. after 3 hours of trying everything in the book (hoemopathy, aromatherapy, etc etc.) my MW put a catheter in me and drained my bladder. she said she'd NEVER in her 25 year career as a nurse seen a bladder that was as full as mine. it was so big, that the bladder actually pushed my uterus over to the side. whew. i did feel much better after it was drained, though (well, except for the after pains...)