I'm going through MGP. I'm glad my midwife has been working in the field for donkey's years and has 3 kids of her own.
Speaking as an expectant mum now and not a RN, these are my reasons:
1. She's been working in the field for a while and has a lot of experience seeing different presentations etc. I'm more confident that if anything happens to me, she'll have seen a case like me before and know what to do.
2. Having kids of her own sort of makes me trust her a bit more. Funny -but I sort of feel like she knows what I'm going through more than a midwife without kids does.
3. I also do like the fact that she's about 40. I'd probably feel a bit weird being looked after by a midwife who was 20 when I'm almost 30. Sorry, can't give you any reason for that, apart from that I'd feel a bit weird.
I wouldn't mind a new grad looking after me on the ward for a shift, but I'd be keeping a close eye on what was happening and if I thought anything might be slightly abnormal I'd be asking them to report it to their shift coordinator. And certainly not a young midwife or new graduate in MGP- I would ask to have someone else looking after me.
Just my thoughts as an expectant, nervous first time mum. Mean absolutely no offence to anyone but I want someone who's experienced looking after me and my baby (and not 'I saw lots of stuff while I was at uni' experienced).