I have a supportive midwife and OB, and have to birth at a hospital locally due to finances/insurance. There my difficulty starts. The hospital's "VBAC Policy" says that I can't be in a tub/shower, have to have an IV, and have to have continuous electronic fetal monitoring. I would like to decline. I discussed this with my OB (since February) and he has taken my request to the OB medical board meetings. They told him that they agreed to my requests but that I would be required to sign an informed consent document. The hospital contact has now scheduled a meeting for this to happen, which will include my OB & midwife, the hospital's lawyer, the head of OB, the head of L&D, and the Chief Medical Officer of the hospital. I'm feeling like I'm about to go on trial.
Thing is, I'm a second-time VBAC. I had my daughter very uneventfully with a midwife in another city at a hospital that didn't seem to care whatsoever that I was a VBAC. I had a heplock/no IV, intermittent monitoring, and labored wherever I wanted. So having to fight for these things to this extent NOW, when I'm already a "proven" VBAC and an otherwise low-risk woman, is just stunning.
I'm afraid that I will let my disdain for their lack of evidence based medicine show. But I'm trying to pull together as much direct data in support as I can, just in case I need to pull/quote studies. Anybody have any favorite studies on these topics?