Thanks for the perspectives, ladies! That's exactly the kind of thing I was looking for...keep it coming!
I had much prodromal labor with my last babe. My uterus is just good at contracting, but my cervix was extremely high and posterior, so contractions didn't amount to a hill of beans to make much change-other than softening and some effacement. Through that, the bath was my best buddy. Each night I took a long, very warm bath, and occasionally had a glass of red wine to calm the contractions (on the advice of a midwife-I'm not an alky folks)
I am looking forward to having it as a tool, but not interested in a pool. I really think I'll be ready to get out when I've had enough, and will likely birth wherever it feels best-on the bed on all fours, leaning somewhere, squatting, laying...anything but the water. However, I believe labor and delivery can be a surprising event! So, I'm remaining open to possibly being surprised by wanting to push in the tub...
Again, thanks for the thoughts and please keep talking about it all..I find it very helpful!