We were sure that cosleeping wasn't for us with dd1 (
) - we thought we both slept too soundly to do it and it would be unsafe in our case. Ina had to teach us that we were wrong -- we are 100% converted to cosleeping now. Anyway, with her, we just "roomed in," and I slept with my hand on her in the "bassinet." They did encourage me to leave Ina in the nursery etc. ("This is your last chance to sleep without worrying about her"). I didn't ....
With SJ, we knew we'd be cosleeping at home. I couldn't figure out how I could cosleep with her at the hospital (high bed, narrow, gaping holes in the railing etc.). So I'd resigned myself to the "hand on her in the bassinet" route the night she was born .... But, I couldn't get the bed right to do that, either. The nursery nurse came in (before I went to sleep anyway) and said, "Would you like me to help you fix it up so she can sleep next to you?" And then rolled up some of their receiving blankets etc. and very quickly had a secure barrier in place so I could have SJ sleep in the crook of my arm with no worries.
I don't know if she could just *tell* I needed to cosleep, or if she does that with most moms the nights she works, or if she does that with the known breastfeeding moms, or what. But it was very appreciated! They didn't push the nursery on me this time either - although they did keep pushing pacis. And, they didn't give me a formula bag at discharge either. I don't know if they're trying to become more Baby-Friendly or what.
However I agree with everyone who notes that they don't get sleep at the hospital. They would come check SJ every two hours, and come check me every two hours. Why they couldn't sync that up and check us both at the same time, is beyond me. It was NOT very restful at all, I was really glad that the docs agreed to an early discharge for SJ and me.