I had two water births at C&W the first I had to get out after a couple of hours pushing as contractions slowed up and I had a choice of of drugs to speed him up or kiwi cap (like ventouse but smaller as he was practically there) I went for assisted as it was 4am and was tired. All went well and even though I didn't give birth in the water managing the contractions in there and the peace and me feeling in control was brilliant.
Second time round, it was the best. Water was fab and my daughter was out within 20mins of getting in. I was 1.5hrs from start to finish. But again I felt completely in control, midwife supported but let's get on with it and my husband was on the side rubbing my back and passing the gas and air when I needed it.
Second time round I also did hypno birthing which I felt made it so calm and smooth process. I recommend it to all. Amazing how you can manage pain so well by just breathing properly and focusing on the right things.
There was always the option if pain got too much to say I want drugs and move to labour room. I always asked that question as I was very open to pain relief if I needed it.
Good luck but I loved it.