Wow...I wasn't expecting so many responses!
Since there does seem to be some concern for my safety (or sanity) I'll add a little more info...
This OB and her husband (also an OB...they share the practice) have been practicing for about 30 years. They have a wonderful medical tract record. I'm not worried about their medical abilities, diagnostic skills, familiarity with technological advances, etc. They are perhaps, and not surprisingly since they ARE OBs, a bit more medically minded than some care providers chosen by women on mdc...for example, they are very fond of u/s, they don't push but do suggest blood screenings, and they do worry about VBAC mamas "going late/having big babies" (but they've said that there's nothing anyone can do about that so you just keep your fingers crossed and see where you end up).
On a personal history side, this OB has three children...the first was born on The Farm while they were in med school. And one was a hospital c/s. So she is personally familiar with a variety of birth locations/experiences and the emotional impact of a birth not going as planned. She was also a LLL leader for a time and is still nursing her 22mo in the office between clients. She has written extensively on VBAC safety in the medical literature, written well known guidelines for homebirth midwives attending VBAC mothers, and is not generally worried about the "success" of VBAC attempts...in her opinion, everything usually works out fine as long as you let nature do it's thing.
Her feeling is that VBAC mamas need to defend themselves against so much misinformation in the medical community...and that there is such a huge pressure on VBAC mamas to either "give in" or "fight fight fight" that this can get in the way of a normal, natural, drug and intervention free labor and delivery. VBAC mamas THINK all the time about statistics and odds and ratios and "how is this particular little thing going to affect me, who is going to try to stop me again"...and that this tension/stress/angst can actually prevent you from relaxing, and letting go, and opening up, and just BEING a birthing mother.
So she asks VBAC mamas (and also mamas who, for one reason or another, have had negative vaginal experiences) to really spend the time learning to let go and open up. She said that during the labor it's her job to keep an eye on things...it's the mamas job to BE the mama, let everything open up, and HAVE that baby. So she writes a Rx for lots of sex and touching, lots of crazy monkey mama juiciness, lots of fresh air and getting back in touch with nature in a very physical way. Because birth is physical, not just a list of statistics on a page where if you know all the numbers then it will "work".
She's a very active advocate of natural birth and I think that's just the coolest thing ever! I wish there were more care providers with that sort of personal passion and willingness to seem "nuts" in their attempts to get women, all women, to relax and give birth the way nature intended! (hmmmm...she's sort of reminding me of Patch Adams actually)
And honestly...I can't wait till babymort is big enough to understand the Rx that will be sitting there in her birth book!