I had several experiences...
Midwifery Clinic - awesome experience. I was involved in assessment, physical exam, BPP, lab work, etc. I saw about 15 patients in an 8 hour day. I attribute the positive experience the the midwife who kept me by her side throughout the day.
Nursery - Ran buck wild with the babies! Observed 2 c-secs and then took two newborns from birth to discharge to postpartum. I worked with veteran nurses who allowed me to function at a high level.
Postpartum - eh...was OK. Best part of the experince was taking vital signs on a newborn, and feeding. I was not allowed into any patients room...oh wait...my nurse did allow me to distribute ice in the morning. Very disappointing.
Labor & Delivery 1 - Sucked! I was told "men don't work in L&D" ... well isn't that just discriminatory in nature! I wallowed around for 8 hours...hung with the CRNA and watched epidurals.
Labor & Delivery 2 - I was permitted to observe one vaginal birth ... patient was a "friend of a friend's friend"
Good thing because if not for her I would have cleared maternity clinicals without ever seeing a vag birth
Impression: Experience depends on the instructor/preceptor. I found the more education and experience the nurse has the better your experience.
The APNs and veterans invited me back to the nursery and several suggested I consider working in NICU.
The younger nurses and ADN nurses asked "so why did you decide to become a nurse" and "so are you going to work in the ER?" ... I guess in nursing women take care of babies and guys deal with the blood and guts. Hmmm.
Lots of tension...I couldn't quite put my finger on the source of tension in these clinical areas but it was very similar to the feeling I get when left alone too long in a classroom with 50 other women.
Men are from Mars...I would recommend visiting Venus but be certain not to stay too long.
My 2 cents