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Mama to two awesome kids. Wife to a wonderful, attached, loving husband. I love my job-- I'm a Midwife, Doula and Childbirth Educator, Classes forming now!
I would interview all of the local midwives instead and see what they think of the hospitals and the experience you are likely to have there.
You have pediatricians and NICU to worry about too.
Another thing to do is to call L&D in the middle of the night (it's less likely to be busy, plus you're more likely to get the "not so average" nurse that works night shift, and she might tell you more than a more seasoned day shifter) and ask about their policies.
You can even swing the questions to (help) get rid of bias. "Do most people get epidurals? Do you have to wait a long time for the epidural? Do you do c-sections very often?" Then see what they say. Oh, and definitely ask their preference on providers. I find that in many, many L&D units, almost all the nurses favor one or two providers to give their own care. You'll hear the same names over and over. And, more importantly, you WON'T hear the names of the providers that people wouldn't send anyone to.