Hi, again, and many thanks for the advice and encouragement I received in my earlier post. I have been doing some research about doctors and hospitals who are in my medical insurance network. There is some information on the insurance website about quality ratings and estimated costs of different services. Their info suggests that Brigham and Women's is a high quality hospital for "uncomplicated vaginal deliveries" and their costs are higher than average. The rating for South Shore Hospital is lower (2 stars as opposed to the maximum of 3) and their costs are average.
I'm pretty afraid of having insanely high medical bills, but at the same time, I do want to do what I can to make sure I get the best quality care. Any ideas? Your feedback on the quality of service at either of these hospitals or any other ones in the area would be helpful.