I had my baby with natural birth... I didn't let them play with me or baby.
They do ask you whether you would like to make it as easy as possible for yourself? But still I meant the pain is worth your long term health afterwards.
And I wouldn't suggest water birth stall, natural as possible I say..
I would like to share some positions and ideas I tried when I had my baby..
1)lots of hot baths with 20min breaks.
2)the on your feet position, it is like you are sitting on your feet on the floor. This way the gravity will help the baby to come out easy and quick.
3) lay on the bed with your half upper body on your chest (avoiding your belly of course).
4) never push too hard and exhaust yourself because the nurse is telling you to push. ONLY PUSH WHEN YOU HAVE CRUMPS KIND OF PAIN AND FEEL LIKE YOUR BELLY (baby)IS MOVING DOWN itself.. This way it will be less painful and you won't rip your vi** na , at least not as much.!
Best of luck