However, if either you or your baby are unwell, you may need to have a longer stay in hospital.
If you have a caesarean, you may have to stay in hospital for three days to four days.
If you live in a rural area, your choice may be limited to the nearest consultant or midwife-led unit.
Talk to the midwife on the ward about what suits you. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest 21(2):193-6 Hollowell J, Puddicombe D, Rowe R, et al. The Birthplace national prospective cohort study: perinatal and maternal outcomes by planned place of birth Birthplace in England research programme.
If there's anything you don't like the sound of, say so. Antenatal care: routine care for the healthy pregnant woman.
It's your right to: Make sure that you and your birth partner understand why a procedure is being recommended. National Collaborating Centre for Women's and Children's Health, Clinical guideline.
If this sounds surprising, remember that obstetricians are specialists in unusual or high-risk pregnancies.
Hospitals have set ways of doing things, but it's your right to make it clear how you want to be treated during labour and the birth.