I'm newly pregnant with #4 - I had one c-section and 2 natural VBACs. Homebirth isn't really an option for me unless I can somehow get it under $1000 (with military insurance).
Anyway, I just moved to MD this past summer, so I don't really know where to go around here! I really want as low intervention of a birth as possible. I haven't been really excited to look for providers, which is unlike me. I think I am just bummed at the state of VBAC and dreading the interventions that I know are going to be pushed on me.
So, anyway, I live in Odenton right outside Ft Meade. I have faster births (my VBAC babies were both born about an hour after I got to the hospital and most of that time was checking in and then pushing), so I'm not really interested in going down towards DC. I'm not even thrilled with going up to Baltimore, but I'd rather do that then give birth in a bad hospital. The hospitals that have caught my eye are:
Johns Hopkins Bayview - 32 mins (without traffic), 28% c-section rate, 26% of prior c-sections are VBACs
Maryland General Hospital - 34 min (without traffic), 26% c-section rate, 24% of prior c-sections are VBACs
University of Maryland Medical Center - 30 mins (without traffic), 29% c-section rate, 24% of prior c-sections are VBACs
Of the closer hospitals, these are really the only two that look remotely decent:
Howard County General Hospital - 22 mins (without traffic), 34% c-section rate, 9% of prior c-sections are VBACs
Laurel Regional Hospital - 23 mins (without traffic), 34% c-section rate, 13% of prior c-sections are VBACs
Ok, I know this is long - does anyone have experience at any of these hospitals? Advice for me?