I gave birth in a family birth centre within a hospital.
I had a fantastic birth, and all my birthplan wishes were followed to the letter. I did have 2 advocates with me just in case (super paranoia here!!), but they didn't end up needing to do much advocating...just supporting.
Both of my midwives read my (long) birthplan on my addmittance to the hospital (i had never met them before then), and said only positive things about it.
I specified no cord interference until placenta is delievered (and naturally...), and they totally respected that even though it was wrapped around her neck (hey...who's isn't?), and I heard the midwife who had been with me through labour telling the extra attending midwife who came in for the delivery that I wanted a "partial lotus birth type deal"....
Ella did require suctioning over the perenium though, but they had discussed and prepared me for that as soon as it had become evident during labour that there was tons of meconium everywhere...she came out covered in it.
She didn't want to try feeding for the first few hours, which i now attribute to the suctioning. i have read that this is often the case after suctioning, though no-one mentioned that at the time which would have been nice. No-one pushed formula or anything either, which good.
i wasn't extremely worried about it though...i had planned on immediate breastfeeding, but if she needed some time, that was okay too.
Also, I said in my birthplan that i did not want to be attended by ANY doctors, I wanted (more to the point...felt i NEEDED) only midwives, and that was respected also.
I left hospital after 8hrs, we were ready to leave sooner but we were asked to wait for a doctor to sign us out...and he took his sweet time. After waiting 2 hours for him to see us (we had a private room and tv, and a great view of the city though so it wasn't all bad), barely looked at the baby or myself, and pretty much went, "yeah whatever" and acted irritated that we even existed. Made me rather THANKFUL to not have him at my baby's birth let me tell you.
Mind you, I have recently started going to a young mothers group, and all but one of them delivered at the same place I did, and their stories are pretty horrendous & the way they tell it, all their midwives were EVIL. I have been giving lots of thought as to why my experience was so different...so far I put it down to preparation & research, a birthplan, some trusty advocates & a belief in myself and my own body that I could do it (which again i put a lot of credit for that in to the research part of it...and hanging out here). I guess not everyone wants or can have that...which makes me a bit sad.
I wish everyone could have fantastic easy going births!!
That would be a wonderful world