Your contractions are getting stronger and you know you're in labor. Your labor partner helps you slip calmly into a tub of warm, soothing water. As you settle back, you feel another strong contraction. But you turn to the side easily in the water to a more comfortable position and breathe deeply. You feel warmed, protected, and supported by the water -- as will your baby when he or she enters the warm tub to experience a gentle birth.
Giving birth in water is still not considered a conventional method, but more and more people are considering it as the information spreads about this type of birth experience.