I am happy to state that Regional Medical Center now has a special tub for laboring. I am fully supportive of women who wish to use this modality for labor and the management of labor pain. It has been my experience and it is well documented that women who use water for labor have a much lower use of narcotics and epidurals during labor. This is a great adjunct for those women who are looking for a low-intervention (natural) birth.
Here are a couple of links that talk about laboring in the water: