Awesome! My hospital only let women labor in the tub. But I labored in there for the last 4 hours and it was pure heaven. I enjoyed it so much in fact that I was fully dilated but opted to 'labor the baby down' for an additional 1.5 hours because I didn't want to get out to push!
I guess the only thing you have to watch for is that you don't sit in water that is too hot. At one point my DD's heartbeat got to the highest level in the normal range and the L & D nurse said that if it got any higher I would have to get out. So I had my DH add some cool water which seemed to help, because her heartbeat never went that high again.
I loved having a water birth. Originally, I only wanted to labor in the tub, and it was great for labor pains. I had to get out of the tub so they could break my water (if there had been meconium they wouldn't have let me deliver in the tub) and couldn't wait to get back in.
Pushing in the water was so awesome- my body almost automatically curled around my baby. My lower half was kind of floating. It was great.
i 'd every second of being in the water for my last birth. the water temperature was great. it did get a little too warm every now and then, so i'd just lift a leg out of the water, or sit up a little higher. my doula also put a cold, wet cloth on my forehead, which helped regulate my internal temperature as well.
the water felt like heaven. it was so soft and enveloping. i loved it! i labored and birthed in the water.