michelleporter- I don't know I missed your post about the possible chance to VBAC at a birth center. That is awesome news! And I totally understand the fear. If I spend too much time thinking of myself as a VBAC, I start worrying about the possibilities...mainly I worry about ending up with a repeat cesarean birth. (And yes, feeling like a failure and knowing some folks secretly wanting to tell me "I told you so!")
So I have decided to stop thinking of myself as a VBAC (well, as much as I can, I really would prefer a homebirth but I have decided against an HBAC). I have recognized that a cesarean birth is a possibility for any birthing mama and thus, like any birthing mama, I need to be prepared for that possibility. The primary advantage I see for trying for a VBAC is that I get to wait until labor starts on its own. I love me some labor hormones! What a sweet, luscious high! Plus, you know baby is ready to come out, etc. etc. I am sure you already know all the facts, so sorry if this sounds preachy.
I would ask the birth center how they handle transfers and if they have a specific back-up OB. Do you have a local ICAN chapter? You might be able to get some good first hand experience from them.
Finally, I get the impression that birthing centers can be hard to get into at the last minute. How about your current OB? Is he in high demand? I would lean towards going to the birthing center first (especially if they are known for a different quality of prenatal care) and then if you decide at the last minute for an ERCS, switch to the OB you trust.
I hope this is of some help. Sending lots of positive energy as you seek clarity!
LilyKay- My close co-workers have to suspect! Not only am I eating constantly, I am moving slower, reluctant to move heavy boxes, and, generally, just staring at the computer wondering if I will ever be able to work effectively again!
I didn't know 8 weeks was a milestone either! I just get excited every time I realize this bean has stuck around one more week.
AFM- I am also starting to try to figure out who I am going to use for my prenatal care and birth. I was up at 3am thinking about it...worrying....wanted to write it all out here to see if it might help. But alas! work calls. I will have to post later.
OH, MORE YUMMY COOKIES FOR EVERYONE!