Woo hoo! Glad to see you both! I was starting to wonder if I was the only out here (I *do* think I'm the only one in the May group doing a VBAC...).
Ilovebeingamom... it seems like 1/2 the moms I know have had cesareans, too, which seems kind of weird, because I'm supposedly in a "crunchy" place, and the C rate at the local hospital is supposed to be lower than average (but I think at the surrounding hospitals, it's higher...).
: I was on a hike Fri with some other moms, and birth came up, and she said she has to have a C with the next one... I asked why, and she had a C with her first, due to breech presentation... I might ask her more about it (very gently, but she's a pretty open person) over time, but from what I understand, women who had 1st C due to breech have about the best odds of success in a VBAC! Anyway, it seems strange to me that no one else here (IRL) knows about VBAC...
I'm with an OB group... there are no more CNMs in my town (???), and I personally don't want a homebirth (it's turned out okay, though, because the practice is good, has great stats, and I've had a gynecological problem during this pg which would have had to have been monitored by an OB anyway). I'm being very frank (but polite) with the drs. in the clinic, trying to use my prenatal appts to focus on how we're going to handle the birth. So far so good--the drs. have been great. There's 1 dr. who seemed anti-VBAC, but ironically, she's pg (and more pg than me), so she'll be on leave when it's my time (so I don't see her anymore--yea!).
I'm working on finding a doula... from my birth experience last time, I learned that even a midwife isn't going to be there all the time, and I'm hoping a doula can help fill in the inevitable "care" gaps in a hospital experience.
Fortunately, VBAC is okay at our hospital, the hospital is ~ a mile from our house, so everything's set there. I'd like to labor at home as long as possible, though.
Quiltinglance, howdy! I'm pretty sure waterbirth is against policy at my hospital, too. I've read "The VBAC Companion", which was awesome... I think it's a good "starter" VBAC book... it really got me thinking about why I want to do this, how to go about it, etc. I've been trying to reread all the birthing books I read the 1st time with ds... but I got a lot of them from the library, and we've moved somewhere with a crappy library, so I think I'm going to have to buy some. I read Ina May Gaskin's new book. It makes me sad that it's not like that everywhere (but travelling to TN to give birth is not practical for me!). I'm definitely going to get "Birth Partner", just because it seemed so darn practical last time. I've also been reading tons of labor/birth stories... I think it's helping me get in the "vaginal birth" headspace, if you know what I mean...