I had my second at a hospital and, honestly, if I were to have a third I'd do a homebirth. Checked in at 1am - baby by 3am - checked out at 8pm that same day.
Hospitals & doctors seem to think that their procedures and meds are par for the course in having a baby.
I found out what the hospital required and then finessed my way around it. My midwife prevented their intervention (they give everyone Pitocin to help the uterus to go down). I found a pediatrician that was ok with delayed vax, signed waivers for the hosp. (tho I neglected to say I was delaying indefinitely and then just switched to my other ped post birth). The same pediatrician also did an in-room exam vs the mandatory daily 2 hour stay in the nursery (no thanks! everything goes on in there.. screaming babies - shots - circ's - baths - tests).
My ped gave the ok for the baby to go (otherwise I think they can keep the baby longer..?), nursing staff can not make that decision.
My mom works at a hosp and just went thru a big JCAHO review (http://www.jcaho.org/
) and said if JCAHO saw how unfriendly this hospital's policy was toward patients they'd have problems.
So.. I think I'll write the hospital and tell them how unfriendly they are to parents with thier nursery rules (2 hours daily in the nursery - no parents allows). I could add that I thought JCAHO reviewed all policies and am wondering how that one got missed. That might be enough for them to re-think it (I have to look into it a little).
The hospital I was at was a baby factory (40 recovery rooms - all FULL!), and I can see the need to have a process for everyone to follow but not one that restricts the mother from the baby, ever.