Quoting Mandy Schlatterer:" I think I'm different than most people, because I hated pushing (after epi) more than the contractions. ... [snip!] ... is not peaceful. The dogs would annoy me sooo bad during the pain. Rubbing on me and panting, trying to luck me. No thanks lol"
Oh totally, i wouldn't tolerate anyone bugging me during labour inc the midwife i had to tell the F off. I needed to be 'in the zone' lol. I hated pushing as it's not nice having a watermelon hang out your vagina, but doing it in water was pretty amazing. It took all the weight and made things much easier, it gives you time to loosen up naturally so you don't tear. My midwife asked the others to come look at my vag because "look, you can't even tell she's given birth" lol. It only took 19 mins of pushing. I don't think i could have a term baby on 'dry land' natural, that would suck mostly because i just cannot stand the feeling of a baby coming out my vag. I'd look into a birthing centre and a pool for sure.