I know that when I was about to deliver at the Pavillion I was anxious to hear the experience of others and it was so new there wasn't much out there so I'd thought I'd add to the data. :)
Without getting into my whole birth story here are the highlights. Overall I had a great experience bringing my baby into the world! Going into it I had already prepared myself to be accepting of what was to come (as there are so many unknowns) not to get caught up in any "battles" with staff at a time when I'm trying to channel in my focus to my little new baby coming to see me. My husband knew our plan and he was to be in charge of managing any conflicts that would arise so I could focus on my labor.
I was with Baylor OBGYN. They were supportive of my desire to have a natural birth never got any problem form my OB with my birth plan. My OB when I arrived was one I had never met but he was warm and kind and amazing. My nurse was on the ball and very respectful of our hypnobirthing environment (low lights, quiet, music and meditation playing in background). She did the routine things she was required to do and basically left us to do our work. I had a labor doula I hired myself who was there with us the whole time. The nurse was very respectful of my doula's role and vice versa (Which is also important!)
I arrived already 6 cms dilated as I labored at home but fast. The nurse always asked for permission to check. Sometimes I passed sometimes I wanted to know. It was my decision. I had to do the IV for antibiotics which I knew going into it. Like I said I was not interested in getting into any "wars" there during my labor. So I prepared for it, they administered it and it was done. Had no impact on me or my labor. To be honest sometimes I forget all about that part.
All was smooth and serene but I knew I was stalling. I just couldn't let go so I asked to get in the tub. What happend next was astounding to me! I told my doula, she asked the nurse and the nurse said she didn't think so because I was so close to complete. And it was the OB who heard this and said "It's ok to let her get in the water. If she thinks it will help go ahead." Wow! Never would've thought that would happen! Water was like the magic they say it is and I felt myself let go and felt my baby drop down. I said it's time. I already knew I wouldn't be able to birth in the tub so I had already started climbing out to get to the delivery table. Baby came soon after. No problems, no drugs (and no one even asked me about them) and a healthy baby.
The postpartum stay was equally uneventful. We didn't reject any medicines so I can't give my experience on that however a good friend did refuse something at the same hospital and CPS DID come. They obviously didn't take her child because she complied and went through with the meds. I don't know much else but I was shocked that they actually came out. She said the investigator actually started tearing up because she was forced to enforce the law as it is written and she could see that the whole thing really was ridiculous. (Just wanted to mention that since another writer said they didn't come out when they said they'd have to report it.)
But anyway back to our day. I coslept in the hospital and nursed with my baby the whole time. Only one nurse seemed nervous about it and she just helped me roll blankets at the edge of the bed and put the bassinet next to the bed as further safety precaution.
So there you have it. My data. Hope this helps ease a new mama's mind. I've never worried more in my life than preparing for childbirth. Now my babe is 14 months and a beautiful happy little boy.