I've heard of hospitals allowing in only ONE support person at all, so like ONLY the father, ONLY a doula, or ONLY your mother. One. Only one. No matter what. You, one person, and then the rest being the hospital staff. No one else even allowed in the halls. No one else allowed in even after birth to meet the baby. Wait until you go home for anyone else to see the baby.
Which is bull.
One article I read claimed everyone has swine flu germs and will pass it to newborns. Another said some mothers aren't comfortable having several family and friends around, so limiting it to one helps them (who cares about those who want the father, their best friend, their doula, etc., there as support, screw those moms, I guess).
Screw my insurance for denying coverage for my midwife, which is a covered service, and telling me to go to the hospital instead. NO WAY.