I delivered at BWMC on May 7th, we waited as long as possible to go in and I got there at 9cms dilated. I'm a VBAC, which always sets off alarms for hospital staff. I had to use the doctor on call since the midwives I had seen for prenatal care terminated me due to going post-term, and he seemed decent at first til he learned that I was "non-compliant". Then his attitude came out and a few times he snidely asked me "how I wanted to do things". When I got to the hospital my husband and I immediately refused several routine procedures (wore my own nightgown, no IV, no pitocin, etc). The staff only argued for a short time, and ultimately we had a fairly low-intervention birth because we stuck to our birth plan. During labor the nurses kept telling me to sit up (on my tailbone) so they could "see what they were doing", although I'm not sure what they thought they'd be "doing" down there. I could tell that sitting that way was keeping my baby high in the birth canal, so I finally had my husband assist me in getting into a better birthing position and my baby crowned in a matter of seconds. I think the doctor was in my room a total of 15 minutes during labor and birth. I was very angry postpartum, however, to learn that I had received a shot of pitocin to deliver the placenta, which I specifically refused but was given anyway. They told me it was Rhogam. Definitely ask questions and don't let them push you around!
After they weighed our baby and did their newborn screenings, the pediatrician came to take our baby to the nursery for his physical, and my husband told her he'd be accompanying him there. She actually said it wasn't necessary, but we insisted, and when he reached for the hospital bassinet to push the baby down the hall she told him she could do it. He told her no, thanks! We also decided to check out a day early because we were all healthy and I see no reason for a healthy mother and newborn to spend even one extra hour in a hospital, and that pediatrician on duty actually told me I'm a new mom, I don't need to go home and play doctor, nurse, etc. She was exceptionally condescending and had a serious God-complex going on. I am not a new mom, I have 4 children, and she assumed I was too dumb to have any reason to leave.
I'll warn you about that - several members of the hospital staff were awesome, Robin was our postpartum nurse and helped us a great deal, but they also told us that 90% of the women who come there to give birth are not educated and have no clue about what they do or don't need. I found that many of the nurses and doctors definitely treated us that way, so if you don't want to be treated that way you may have to establish that early on, otherwise they do everything based on routine and not individual evidence-based care. The midwife who came in to check on me was an assistant to Paula Greer and seemed nice, but was very pushy. She basically told me that if I was checking out early I would be risking the health of my baby even though there were no signs that anything whatsoever was wrong, and told me that I needed postpartum care, as though she felt I planned on skipping it. I was wholly unimpressed with both her and Paula Greer, but if you've established a relationship with them that you're comfortable with, maybe you'll have a better experience with them. Best of luck!