My son was born underwater at Mission Hospitals on August 1st 2007 after a natural labor of about 9 hours. Do I consider myself lucky? Yes! Lucky to have yoga to help me relax during labor. Lucky to have access to a progressive hospital and midwives to attend the birth. Lucky to know about the benefits that birthing in the water can bring to a laboring mama. Feeling the water enveloping me made it seem less likely that I would break apart. Did my contractions hurt? Yes, but the water soothed my jangled nerves and lifted me above the pain. Check out Waterbirth International for more information on how birthing in the water can help you.