I gave birth in 2009 with Beth Hardiman at Mt. Auburn. I love Beth. My labor was difficult, and honestly there were a couple of things I wish I could change (and yes, a couple of points related to Beth), but overall, I am really, really glad Beth was my doctor.
I originally wanted a drug-free, natural birth. But things didn't work out that way. I was in prodromal labor for 5 days (so intense I was unable to eat or sleep that whole time), and then I labored in the hospital for an additional 18 hours. Beth towed the line of respecting my wishes for a natural birth and yet laying out my options for moving forward. Eventually, we decided together to go with an epidural and pitocin, and in retrospect I am really glad (and in fact wish I had done it sooner in the process). During the whole ordeal, not once did she try to hurry me or bully me or step up the interventions, even though at one point in desperation I told her to just give me a C-section. The vaginal delivery I finally had went smoothly and beautifully.
Earlier this year I also went through a really tough miscarriage at 14 weeks (with a D&C) with Beth. She could not have been more caring or gone out of her way more to be there for me.
To me, Beth is the best of both worlds...much more midwife-minded than your average OB, and one who believes in natural birth, yet she's a doctor with an arsenal of medical knowledge and expertise at her disposal should the need arise. She's also a pretty straight-shooter, which I like. Yet she is also extremely caring, and I've never seen a doctor more passionate and excited about her work.
As to Mt. Auburn itself, I really liked it there. With a couple of exceptions (one or two nurses were not the nicest women in the world), the staff was caring, accommodating, and helpful. In particular, the nurse who attended my birth, as well as the head nurse in Recovery, were exceptional. There were lactation consultants available to help out as well. I have no major complaints at all, and I was sad to leave when all was said and done. The food was even good!