For background, the hospital where I'm giving birth is very natural childbirth-friendly; I'll be delivered by a midwife and accompanied by a doula. We live nearby, so I plan to labor at home as long as possible.
The hospital has hot showers in all birthing rooms, but not tubs. You can rent and bring in your own labor tub (but not actually deliver in it), but I'm not really sure I want to. On one hand, I feel like I should because many people/articles talk about how much the tub helped them and I'm afraid that if I don't and I end up with medical interventions, I'll feel like it's my fault for not doing everything possible to avoid them.
On the other hand, it's another big expense (and money is tight). And since I don't plan to go to the hospital till 3-1-1, I wonder how long I'd actually be able to use it by the time I got through triage, the tub was set up, etc. And last, I'm really not at all sure it's a comfort measure I'd actually use. I only go swimming when it's at least 95* out, I take super-hot baths (when not pregnant), and I just generally don't like lukewarm water or getting unnecessarily wet.
So, two questions, I guess:
1) If you labored in the tub, did you find that it was really appealing/helpful while in labor even if it wouldn't usually be your thing?
2) Has anyone done med-free birth without a labor tub? Do you feel like the pain was still manageable? Was showering enough? Any advice if I go this route?
BFP #1 08/05/12. EDD 4/15/13 m/c 08/27/12
BFP #2 06/05/13. EDD 2/16/2014 (Team Blue). Baby Wombat born 2/20/2014 7lb. 11oz and 20 in.