I had my first in 2001 at Beaumont Royal Oak. It was while construction was underway on the new maternity ward. I thought the care I received during delivery was top-notch. It went downhill from there. After delivery, I had to beg to get food. I had not eaten since early morning and it was after midnight when I got to the room. The nurse gave me two options and then complained that the one I picked required her to go downstairs to get it and I didn't want to ask her to do that, did I? Yes, I did. I am hypoglycemic. My room was about the farthest from the nursery where they kept taking my son to sit under a lamp. While in the Nursery, the nurses fed him a bottle of sugar water. He was supposed to be breastfeeding only and they never gave me the option of feeding it to him. I found out after when I read it on his chart. It turned out that right after they gave him that bottle, he lost all interest in latching on. And, the nurse who was the "expert" on breastfeeding had cold hands and smelled of cigarettes. She also kept putting breastfeeding down as some fad that keeps coming into and out of fashion.
I delivered my second in 2004 at Providence Southfield. I received the same top-notch care in delivery. I was much happier with everything that happened after. We were followed into my room by a nurse carrying a tray of food and ordering me to eat it now. If I could have, I would have gotten up and hugged her and told her so. It was a whole meal that I didn't have to ask for. The nurses were very supportive of our quest to breastfeed. They didn't so much as show her a bottle.
I would also agree with another post about how well you work with your doctor. Know their standard procedures about breaking your water, using the fetal monitors (the kind they put in babies head) and how comfortable they are with you walking around or using an exercise ball. Providence Southfield has an alternative birthing center, but you'll never see if your doctor doesn't deliver there. And, you can write any birth plan in the world that will be immediately discarded if the doctor says otherwise. They only that went according to "plan" when my first was born was my husband cutting the cord.
Congratulations! Enjoy the time with your baby! They grow so fast! D.