I made a list of VBAC-friendly providers, too, but that list isn't nearly as extensive, and I actually figure I can maybe get some recs from the doula, or at LLL when I get just a little further along, or who knows, I might stay home or I might stick with my family practice doc. That part, I am not so sure about, but I do know I want a doula.
Last time around, my doula flaked out on me and didn't show up for the birth. People, I had a planned induction. This could not have come as some great surprise. We'd discussed her coming in with us at intake, then decided that we'd just give her a call when things got rolling or in the morning (went in at 9pm for cervical ripening), but that kick-started labor and she apparently didn't hear her phone ring when we called her cell twice and her home phone once. She came for a post-partum visit, and I gave her $50 for some help with breastfeeding (her fee was originally $500.) Anyway, I've dealt with it, but I do maybe have some residual confidence issues in the reliability of the profession.
I'm going to ask about availability, experience with VBACing moms, comfort at home and at the hospital, and rates, and then decide who to interview from there.
Is there anything else I should ask? Have you hired a doula? How did you decide? How much are they charging?