I was leaning towards birth center yesterday, but the one that does VBACs is a little over an hour away. It looks great online (pictures, reviews, etc) and I still plan on touring it, but I have reservations about it for a few reasons. It is right across the street from a hospital, which is great.... except for the hospital it is right across the street from has a very low VBAC rate and an above average c-section rate so if I get transferred for any other reason besides rupture (transfer rate is 3% at this facility which is great!) I would probably end up with a csection at that hospital as they don't really support VBACs. Another reason I have reservations is the hour distance is in no traffic. There is always traffic in Los Angeles, so it would probably be more like 2-3 hours. :-/
The hospital I am thinking about is a very pro-VBAC hospital, actually Loma Linda University Medical Center which I have seen mentioned on here a few times. The doctors at the facility are all pro-VBAC, and they have a relatively okay csection rate. It's still about an hour away, but much less traffic so it will probably really be an hour.
Now, what would be perfect is if I could find a midwife who has privileges to deliver at Loma Linda and would could take care of my prenatal care instead of an ob-gyn.... I haven't found one yet.
I'm setting up a tour of the birth center and hospital for next week. That should help me make my decision. If Loma Linda looks half decent which I'm sure it will based on their website, reviews, and what I've heard (a friend of mine VBAC'd there 12 months post-csection), I think I'll go the hospital route.