@Mrs Hopeful - there is a small team of 6 midwives that are in a group sort of separate to the regular/standard midwives. This group is set up so that you have one designated midwife, and can contact them at any time by text or phone call if its urgent. As well as getting to know the one who will be assisting you through your labor and hopefully your birth. (they can only do a max 12 hour shift)
We also get to use the birth centre rooms, so the ones with the baths and such in them. So much nicer environment.
They plan to have you released by 4 hours after the birth all going well
And yes, this is all public!!