Hi All. I am a VBAC mom, expecting my 4th baby who according to my initial ultrasound is past due. We are 42 weeks as of today, however all of my kids have been at least a week "late" even though they ultimately showed no signs of being truly post term. I had one cesarean in 2001, and since then I've had 2 successful VBAC's, one a water birth which was the only experience in which I could manage pain effectively, find a good birthing posture, and feel calm and serene during labor and birth. Since that experience, standards in this state have changed and no hospital or birth center will allow a VBAC to use a birthing tub. I found one hospital that said they "may" allow me to use the tub to labor but I'd be forced to get out to push. When I asked why, I was told that because I'm post-term according to my ultrasound date, there could potentially be a gasp reflex when the baby's head is born causing him to ingest water and possibly aspirate. I have searched far and wide online and at no time did I ever read any article or any other material that gives this claim any validity - in fact the only mentions I've seen of the gasp reflex state very clearly that prior to a baby being born, if the placenta is not supplying enough oxygen the fetal heart tones will show true decelerations and I would be forced to leave the tub anyway, well before ever attempting a tub birth.
Has anyone had experience with this particular issue? Does anyone know of an article or other study I could quote on my birthplan to possibly counter their claims? I'm hoping to at least be able to labor in a tub and without this information I'm worried they will continue this ridiculous scare tactic. Thanks for any help you can give!