I guess I'm a bit late to this discussion, but I am very interested in the differences in birthing between countries.
Here in Australia (at least where I live) you are allowed 2 or 3 (sometimes more, depending on the hospital) support people in the delivery suite with you. I chose to have my husband. There is no waiting room where families can wait while you give birth.
You arrive at the hospital, head to the delivery suite, get checked out in an examination room (generally 2 beds in this room), if you are in labour they transfer you to a delivery suite where you remain until an hour or so after the birth, then you are transferred to the room you will stay in (if you are staying at the hospital) or you can choose to go straight home.
Babies room in with mum from day one. Only sick babies go to the nursery (or if the mum has complications and can't look after the baby for some reason). Baby generally doesn't get bathed until they are over 24 hours old, and then it is usually done by mum and dad as a bonding experience.
Most public hospitals have double rooms, that is you are sharing a room with another new mother for the time you are in hospital. You are separated by a curtain for "privacy". That in itself raises etiquette issues for me, especially if your bed is the one near the door and your room mate is having visitors! When my first was born my "room mate" commented on a discussion I was having with my family from behind her curtain!