B@stillfuntryin - I'm jealous! Dinner?!? We're going private too but no special treatment lol! There's a hospital in north Sydney where on day 2 they transfer you to a 5 star hotel overlooking the ocean!!!!!
I'm going to be there over 8 nights - 3 nights for steroids prior to birth, then 5 nights for c-section and if baby has jaundice then maybe another night or 2 (my DD had to stay 2 extra nights because of jaundice).
For me, my personal choice is to stay as long as I can even though this will be my third. This is because the midwives have so much advice (each have their own dos and donts and you work out what's best for you) that you can use and practice with bubs. It's about settling up a routine with bub away from everyone else, you will need that 'alone time' to establish that groove. When you get home, use those little things you started doing at the hospital to establish your routine at home. Don't forget it will be a little 'disturbed' due to visitors, family/friends.
Another thing no one told me before I gave birth, BREASTFEEDING is hard. I need the time at the hospital to practice.