Becca, my experience is that midwives know nothing of MS, even if it is plastered all over your notes. I have had 2 terrible experiences and one good one. My most recent was that I was having irregular painful contractions for over a week before my daughter arrived. Each time I was told nothing was happening. I got very tired as the contractions tended to get worse at night, my OH was away and I still had 2 to get to school each morning. Eventually I went in and told them I was exhausted. And I wasn't leaving. I got given some pethidine to help me rest and after a short while things went mad. My waters broke and all hell broke loose too as I was bleeding. My feeling is that stress and anxiety slows labour considerably so you might need a shot of something just to relax you. This happened the first time around too. I eventually gave birth very quickly, from waters breaking to delivery in 2 hours! The cord was used by my little girl as an accessory, she was wearing it around her neck and across her body!
Even worse is that after this terribly traumatic labour they first put me in a single room, then tried to move me (unless I wanted to use my staff discount to get a single room), I got on my high horse and told them I had not slept for weeks, had just had a very traumatic delivery. I needed to rest and there was no way I was going to do that in a 4 bed bay so I might as well go home. Needless to say I got to keep my room.