kltroy, I am not sure that would be the case. But, they seemed to be very tied to the OBs (they used to be a freestanding group at a birth center and now they are under an OB practice). I think for the most part, that they do a good job of keeping things as birth center like as they can, but when I asked them if I could refuse CFM, they told me a resounding "no". Which tells me they are pretty bound to the hospital policies (for the most part, I know they get away with a lot) and to the direction of the OBs. In Maryland, OBs have to "supervise" or "backup" a CNM for them to be legal to practice. With a VBAC or VBAMC, you never know what may be the sticky point.
Although, they did say the monitoring is not required until "active" labor. Which, you could just refuse the vaginal exams for a while and get yourself a few extra cms. Oh, Shady Grove currently has a telemetry unit (so you could walk around and get into the water) that is on loan from the manufacturer. I would call the coordinator at Shady Grove and have her "reserve" it for you if they still have it then. A lady contacted the manufacturer and talked the sales rep into loaning one to the hospital for her birth. SG is hoping they will leave it a while longer and you may be lucky enough for it to be there. But I would definitely ask them to "reserve" it for you around the time of your due date since you are VBAMC.
Sattygirl, I live close to Shady Grove. If you need anything, let me know. I can ask around about hotels and what not. I am totally rooting for you