You've probably gotten enough positive responses by now, but here's another.
My first-and-only was a hospital birth with an OB, and it was just fine -- but I am
hoping for a homebirth next time! Did you notice that a lot of us who said our first birth was a good experience have only had one so far? Same here. Maybe my perspective will change after the second one?
When a nurse examined me in triage when I first arrived at the hospital, she was startled to discover that I was 10 cm and +3 -- I hadn't meant to stay home for so long, but things had been going so well I didn't want to leave.
Here are the good things that happened at the hospital:
* I delivered within 60 minutes of arriving
* no drugs were offered or taken
* no IV or even a heplock
* no Pitocin shot to help deliver the placenta (the nurse tried to give it, but the OB stopped her, saying I was doing fine)
* no episiotomy
* baby wasn't taken away to be suctioned even though there had been moderate meconium in the waters (they were all prepared to do so, but he turned out to be breathing just fine)
* we breastfed beautifully within minutes of birth
The bad things (all of which I could have done something about, except that I was deep in Laborland, and my doula grew suddenly impassive
* OB was delivering another baby when I arrived so I had to wait 30 minutes to push
* continuous fetal monitoring
* the room was packed full of like 10 people (including baby nurses) because they were worried about the meconium
* OB "made" me do hardcore directed pushing on my back
* pushing was so effective (I got the baby out in 30 minutes) that I couldn't slow down to deliver the shoulders and ended up with a second-degree tear
It sounds like you're prepared to stand up for yourself in the hospital -- or have someone else who will do it for you -- which is essential. I wish I'd done a better job of it. But don't go in with an adversarial attitude if you can help it. I think a relaxed mind and a relaxed body will help you birth better without triggering that "fight or flight" instinct that can stall labor.