I've been thinking a lot about DS's birth, and how I want some things to be different this time. I had a hospital birth, attended by a great midwife and doula. Aside from one snarky nurse when I first arrived (who told me I had to change into a gown because "you can't give birth in sweatpants!" Of course, I ignored her.), we had a really wonderful experience. The nurses are used to working with my MW, and there were no offers of meds, nobody whisked my baby away for unwanted procedures,there was no pressure or questions when we opted out of eye ointment, HepB vax, and other "necessities", and DS never left our sight. I went there in battle mode, prepared to fend off interfering staff, but it was all very relaxed and low-key. They didn't even freak when I slept with DS with me in the hospital bed. What a relief.
That said, there are some things that irked me. They wanted to take DS's blood sugar every x-number of hours, to check for diabetes. He was a large baby, 9 lbs 7 oz, but I think the idea of arbitrarily sticking a baby is absurd. At the time, I was too tired and overwhelmed to protest, except for one time in the middle of the night (!). I also didn't like that they wanted to take vitals (mine and DS's) every so often, especially when there were no signs of anything being the slightest bit out-of-the-ordinary. Again, during the day is fine, but the middle of the night? Go away! Lastly, the hospital has this ridiculous rule that you can't carry your baby around outside of the room. You have to use their little cart/bassinett thing to hold your child. I lost a TON of blood, so I wasn't really up to taking strolls around the hospital, but the idea pissed me off. I had brought my sling with me, and I had had visions of wearing my newborn while walking about.
I don't think I want a homebirth. I love my midwife, and I don't think she does them, for one reason. Also, I don't want to deal with the clean-up. Plus, if I do hemmorhage again... I'd love to do a birth center, but the closest one is about 45 minutes away, and I'd have to find a new MW. So we're planning the hospital route again, since we did have a great experience overall. But I'd like to leave ASAP afterwards (assuming I don't hemmorhage again). I need to talk to my MW at my appointment next Monday, because I have no idea what I need to do in order to check myself out shortly after birth. I remember the 48 hr stay having something to do with the baby, not with me, but I need to find out what the "rules" are so that I can get out of there and go home.
What about everyone else? I know it's early, and things change, but what do you want from your birth?