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I did and had a great experience. I went natural, so I made sure my OB knew my wishes beforehand (although she wasn't on call when I delivered) and I also had a birth plan typed up and had multiple copies to give the nurses in L&D. They were very respectful of what I wanted. I labored in a tub for almost 2 hours, which was awesome. It definitely helped with the contractions. Of course, I was almost 8 cm when I got out of the tub so I did not have time to get into a gown and had to deliver with just a towel covering me! :)
The postpartum nurses are great, as well. They helped me out a lot, especially with the getting in and out of bed since I was so sore at first (I tore during delivery). The food is great and don't be shy about ordering whatever you want! You certainly work up an appetite during labor! I would definitely recommend bringing ear plugs and a sleep mask since there are babies crying and lots of beeps and bells in the postpartum wing. DH said the pull-out chair that he had to sleep on wasn't bad, but it wasn't the best. They said they were looking into replacing those with something more comfortable, so maybe you'll luck out with that. Oh, definitely bring your own pillow, too. The hospital pillow was mushy and uncomfortable, IMO.
Are you going to do a tour of the hospital? We did and I would definitely recommend doing that, so you are familiar with where to go and what the rooms will look like. They can also answer any questions that you have. I'm happy to answer any, too!
ebd08:thethomps, thanks for the information and advice! I am also planning on doing things as naturally as possible. Did you take any particular childbirth classes beforehand?
I did not. I hired a doula and met with her a couple of times before giving birth. I am happy to pass along her info if you'd like it! I seriously don't think I would have made it from 8 - 10 cm without her being there. As for the birthing classes, I know some people like them but a lot of my friends thought they were not very helpful, so I decided that my body knew what to do and I'd let it work the way it was supposed to. Plus, I didn't want to see a birth video before actually giving birth myself. (And I opted out of having the mirror at the hospital so I could see the baby coming out. No thanks! I was happy to wait until she was out.)
ETA: Also, I did my birth plan on birthplan [dot] com. I re-formatted it to fit on one page (less for the staff to read & keep track of that way). I thought it was a great tool.