My daughter was born at Madigan in October. I really liked the L&D nurses, but wasn't a huge fan of the midwife - I hadn't met this particular midwife before, but I did like the other 3 or 4 midwives I had seen previously, so that was just the luck of the draw. Since my water broke early, I wasn't able to use a tub, but a shower and birthing balls were available. The room was pretty decent and I was able to walk the halls a lot. It took me a while to progress and the midwife kept mentioning pitocin and c-sections, both of which I was adamantly trying to avoid. I didn't end up with either of those, but did get an epi, which was both a blessing and a curse.
I'd been awake for nearly 24 hours and was finally able to sleep, but it left me stuck in bed after my baby was born. She went to the NICU because she was 3.5 weeks early, I was running a fever, and my water being broken for over 24 hours. (They knew she'd be going to the NICU, so there were roughly 12 people in the delivery room - midwife, several nurses, OB and student OB, a team for the baby - I lost all sense of shame that day.) Since she was born just before a shift change and I had the epi, I was stuck in bed and literally no one came back in the room for like an hour after I was cleaned up. I just wanted to go see my baby and was LIVID that I was stuck in there with no one telling me what was going on. I had my heart set on skin to skin and breastfeeding her immediately. Instead I held her for about a minute after she was born and then didn't see her again for nearly 5 hours. My husband thought I was going to stab someone.
The mother-baby unit wasn't too terrible for me. My daughter spent the first day in the NICU and I didn't have a roommate, so I was able to sleep a bit and shower. I was going down to the NICU every couple hours to feed her and frequently missed the nurses rounds, so I kind of felt a bit ignored - I had to seek them out to get my meds a few times. I did get a roommate on the second day and my baby was able to room in with me that evening, so that night was a different story - I didn't think I'd ever sleep between the two babies crying. Also, it's a little awkward to hear the nurses talk to the stranger on the other side of the curtain about their vaginal tears and bowel movements. I hope you don't have to use the NICU, but the nurses there were mostly all awesome, there was one that was sort of brash though and I had different nurses tell me completely different things and then question why I was doing something one way when the previous nurse had told me to do it :/
The food isn't that great, but you do get to choose from a menu. I ate a lot of kraft mac & cheese, veggie plates and turkey sandwiches. If you don't choose off the menu, they'll send you the daily special, which never looked too appealing. I'm not sure when the above commenter had her baby, but they did have regular baby wipes for us and we were told that we could take everything in the crib - wipes, diapers, booger sucker, saline, dry wipes, etc. Like she said, if it's your first you'll be there at least 48 hours. I gave birth at 5am on Thursday and was home around 3 on Saturday - it takes longer to get discharged on the weekend.