I am preg with my third and my first two I had in the birth center at RDH - DD was a waterbirth and DS was a failed waterbirth but I spent most of my time in the water. Since they where born , demand for places has increased dramatically and although I am on the lists - I am not sure I will get a spot and I am DEVASTATED!! I started crying on the phone to the receptionist when she explained how it works now . Anyway - I need to know about experiences in the main hospital as I am preparing myself for this so I am not too disappointed if I don't get in. Where the staff friendly? Did you have heaps of midwives coming through? Where there lots of interventions pushed on you? Did they push for you to have an epidural? And episiotomy? Did you feel uncomfortable knowing people around you could hear you in labour? How about in early labour before being taken to the delivery rooms? Could others hear you? See you? Could you go home the same day if you wanted to? I am so shattered that I might not get in - I actually enjoy the labour process - ( although DS was a bit traumatic) but I like the idea of having the one midwive only, who I know, knowing no-one can hear or see me, knowing the staff with me are supportive of my natural birth choices even when I was asking for an epidural with DS ( he was 4.37kg and I got stuck for a while at 8cm...). I also have a condition called vulvodynia which is a condition which causes chronic pain around the vaginal entrance - pain so bad you can't wear undies at times or sit down. It's much better since having the kids but I just can not afford to have an episiotomy - I have enough problems as it is without a sutured wound that needs healing which is why I spent so much time in the water with both labours. Anyway - please share experiences - ( oh and I am not going the homebirth route or the private hospital route so it is either RDH or the birthcentre).