I am pregnant with my second child and planning for a VBAC. I am not interested in a home birth, but I am having a hard time figuring out how to set myself up to be successful.
It seems as though none of the alternative birth centers will do a VBAC and several nurse midwifes that I have called don't do them either.
If you have your VBAC in a hospital (as I did), you will be pushed to stick to hospital "rules" for VBAC...IV, fetal monitoring, etc. You can still have an unmedicated, vaginal birth, but it is difficult under hospital rules -- you'll have to practice your NO firmly ahead of time. Get yourself a doula who knows your wishes and start practicing birth hypnosis. Also get in touch with ICAN: http://www.icanofannarbormi.org/
There is only the one alternative birth center in the Detroit area. However, I know that Greenhouse in Okemos (Lansing area) and Mother's Own in Temperance (Toledo area) both do VBACs
Mama, check out Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. The midwives there do vbacs, but have some different rules than a lot of the other hospitals around. They do not require continuous fetal monitoring (barring other complications) and have a midwife with you for the duration of your birth.
Best wishes for your vbac!
The doc is in Ann Arbor- Dr Phil Fleming. His practice is called Caritas-- he delivers at St Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.
I think the phone is 734.712.1990....off the top of my head...
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