One of the best ways to gauge whether a hospital's clinical approach is in keeping with your desires for your birth is to look at its care statistics. I've gathered here some basic information about rates of various procedures and practices at hospitals popular with families in San Francisco, the East Bay, and Marin. (Data source. Gathered 2/18/17.)
The rate of cesarean birth among head-down, full-term, singleton babies born to first-time parents.
The percentage of vaginal births among those with a previous cesarean birth.
The incidence of a surgical incision to the perineum made to widen the vaginal opening as a baby crowns. (Lower number is better.)
The percentage of babies who were fed only breastmilk before hospital discharge.