Despite the stigma hospitals have made for themselves, please note that it is possible to have a natural hospital birth. The question is, are you prepared for a natural hospital birth?
Over the years, I've seen doulas with mothers while laboring in the hospital. As a RN, although I was always grateful for their presence, I also always felt gypped. I wanted to be at the bedside. That is what I thought my job was going to be as a labor nurse. Unfortunately, I found, this was not always the case.