I just finished chattering about what I'm planning in another thread because I'm pretty excited =) I'm seeing a midwifery practice at a university hospital. They're the only hospital to do waterbirths in the Denver metro area. I don't know if I *will* have a waterbirth, but I love the option. Everything I've read in the Colorado section here and on a local AP board tells me I'm going to love the midwives and will be able to have the birth I want, and that's borne out by my contact with them so far (interview and first prenatal visit).
I told both the midwife I interviewed and the one who saw me at my prenatal about the things I didn't like about the birth of my son (don't get me wrong, it wasn't nearly as traumatic an experience as I know many have experienced in hospitals but it displeased both myself and my husband) and both of them seemed to appreciate why I was unhappy with it.
I took a tour of the birthing center area of the hospital (they even call it a birth center, they have two separate birth floors, the birth center for low risk and one for high risk. The description I was given for the high risk included things like quadruplets and serious medical issues.) The rooms are lovely and large, particularly the LDR rooms--the postpartum rooms are a bit smaller but then they won't be used to hold birth tubs!
On the petty side, I also noticed differences between the rooms at UCH and the ones at Aurora South (where my son was born) that don't *matter* so much as the quality of care but which I liked. both sides have *nice* showers with handheld showerheads--only the LDR side did at Aurora South and I could have used that after my son was born! Also, only the LDR side at AS had DVD players or anything besides basic TV/medical TV channels. both sides at UCH have DVD players--would have liked to watch a movie while snuggling a sleeping or nursing baby.
My packet of papers from UCH that they gave me at my prenatal visit included a sample of RRL tea and a paper on why breastfeeding is important, as well as an ad for their prenatal massage therapy services.
In all, I'm really getting excited about this time around! They're very supportive of natural birth (or seem to be) and nobody bats an eye when my son nurses. In fact, he was nursing the whole time the midwife was checking my abdomen and probing for the heartbeat (I loooove hearing the baby heartbeat!). He was also nursing when we were discussing the prenatal classes, and we all joked that I didn't feel a need for the breastfeeding class
Oh, and the packet of papers also included a birth plan template. love it =)