My husband was at work on the other side of Sydney when my waters broke with my third. My brother in law wasn't working and came to drop me to hospital and look after my two other kids. Once I got to hospital I had to have an emergency c-section because she was transverse lie and my brother in law had to go to the other side of Sydney to pick my husband up and obviously that can take a long time. My husband didn't even make it for the birth. I was wheeled into recovery and my baby was taken to the ward but my husband got there just as they were moving my baby so he stayed with her for 3 hours whilst I was in recovery.
I found the midwives to be great but being my third baby I was a bit more independent.