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I did not give birth at St. Joe's, but I am a little familiar with it. I believe that it depends on your doc and the nurse you have, but overall the hospital seems to support natural birth. One nice thing about St. Joes is that a couple of midwives that used to work at the Bethany Birth Center now deliever there. They are CNMs, which might make your dh feel better, plus the hospital environment provides some measure of security when considering what might go wrong. You will have a much, much better chance of getting the natural birth you want with one of those wonderful midwives!
I was hospitalized there a great deal during the first half of my last pregnancy and was seeing a team of high risk OBs. Miracles do happen, because my issues resolved by 30 weeks and I was able to have a homebirth like I wanted. I did tour St. Joe's maternity unit and was disheartened by the construction and the fact that I'd have to move four times during my stay: triage, a labor and delivery room, a recovery room, and a postpartum room. That was way too much moving for me. Things might be better there now if the construction is finished.
I can say that the nurses who cared for me, some of which were L&D nurses, were top-notch. I was extremely ill and they literally helped save my life.
I can find the names and number of the midwives if you want, or I am sure someone else on the board has them. Let me know! Good luck!