I had a c-section with my first son basically because of malposition and interventions - basically, I knew he was posterior, caved and got an epidural anyway so labored on my back, he never turned, head circumference in the 95th percentile, blah blah. They tried vacuum extraction unsuccessfully and went to c/s quickly because he had passed meconium (probably due to the pit they administered after the epidural slowed my contractions, which had me go from 5-10 cm in an hour).
This time I am focused on avoiding similar pitfalls. I know the likelihood of posterior presentation (and back labor, joys) are good this time as well - at least that is what many people, including all of the doulas I have met suggest. I have a great doula and am committed to natural, active birth. I also switched providers to someone who has a better reputation of supporting vbac and who delivers at a more natural-birth friendly hospital.
However, upon visiting the hopsital, I found out they don't have telemetry units for monitoring, and the nurse giving the tour said if you are a vbac mother, your ob will likely have you on the monitors continuously. When I followed up with my new ob he said they like "more or less" continuous monitoring once you are in active labor. I pushed back on him a bit and he ended up saying he was sure that we could come to a happy medium, that nothing was set in stone, etc.
Does anyone have experience laboring with "more or less" continuous monitoring and to what extent it limits you? I know I can get off the bed but couldn't go far, couldn't get in the tub available. Or experience refusing extensive monitoring in this situation? I was thinking 15 min on 45 min off is a fair compromise - thoughts? I am goign to try to stay at home as long as possible, but am worried I will still go too soon.
Would love any input and advice.