Originally Posted by julieinthesky
Like the pp said, it has nothing to do with what your body can/can't do. It's just hospital regulations. I had a VBAC waterbirth in May at a birthing center. My MW did not require continuous or electronic monitoring, she manually checked the heartbeat while I was in the water. If you are comfortable seeking care elsewhere you would be more likely to find options for waterbirth.
If you are comfortable with waterbirth, go for it, but expect to have to look at alternative care. I find the whole idea of birthing (not labor, just the birth part) a little odd, but there is no logcial reason for that, just my feelings. I suspect that the hospital rules were set up based on that, "eh" feeling, and no one wants to challenge them. Also, in a hospital, VBAC moms have so much less options its amazing (I interveiwed 5 of them around me, and wow, the attitude! Like, oh wait, you as a woman want to continue to allow your body to do its natural thing after we did the slice and dice thing? Its like they're insulted a little bit, oddly).