Homebirth water baby here as well.
I was on all fours when it came down to it and DS actually went swimming for a moment and my MW grabbed him and placed him on my chest, happened so fast. Cord was just floating with us! DH said that our MW's assistant whispered to our MW that "the baby is out!" ... birthed in a bathroom really big enough for my tub, hard to see!
I swore there have been many examples given in this thread of mamas unable to catch their babies.
Boys: 12/94, 1/99, 11/03, 6/11. Girls: 11/06, 10/09, 12/12
There's no way I could have caught my daughter. I was on my hands and knees, and though I felt her head with one hand, I couldn't have moved from that position if I wanted to. In fact, I had to have help moving after birth because my joints and muscles had locked up after the hours of hard work. I wouldn't have chosen a different position, even if I were alone. It didn't feel like a choice at that point. I was running on adrenaline and body mechanics, and after over two hours of pushing, for all I knew it was going to be a couple more hours when she did shoot out of there.
I didn't really catch her. she came out then I reached down between my legs and pulled her up out of the water. I was hugging DH who was in front of me and on my knees
Unassisted birthing, atheist, poly, bi WOHM to 4 wonderful, smart homeschooling kids Wes (14) Seth (7) Pandora Moonlilly (2) and Nevermore Stargazer (11/2012) Married to awesome SAH DH.
with my UC it was totally easy to catch the baby, i think it depends on what position you are in. i was on the bed, so even if i couldn't get to him he would have just landed on the bed. during another birth at a birth center they had be catch the baby and again, not a big deal.
mama to 6 amazing children married to my main man for 21 years and finally home FULL time