Hello all, maybe somebody here will have an answer to my question. I just recently got into essential oils, and bought quite a few 100% pure therapeutic grade.. I've really enjoyed using them for a cold I'm battling as well as a few other pregnancy ailments. I had a home waterbirth with my first baby, and although I would like to say that it was amazing-- it was actually pretty horrible. lol. I was sooo optimistic going into it all, probably overly so, and was absolutely unprepared for a really fast 5 hour labor with non-stop contractions which were so horribly painful that I thought I was losing my mind. None of the "painless orgasmic birth" stuff on my part.. ha! Anyway, so I'm hoping to be able to manage the pain this time around with essential oils. I don't want to give up on my waterbirth, though, because although I don't feel that the warm water really reduced the pain for me, it certainly was the only thing that kept me going. It was just so comforting and really helped me switch positions with ease. Is it possible? Can I safely use essential oils, knowing they will probably end up in the water which the baby will be born into? I'm planning on asking my midwife at the next appointment.. but thought that maybe you ladies would have some input. Also, if anybody has suggestions for which oils to use, please let me know! I'm pretty new to this.. and Google has so many conflicting opinions ;-) If you have experienced essential oils during labor, let me know!