I haven't been around here for long but wanted to post this since there were several mothering.com posts that pointed me in the right direction. If I can help someone else find the info they need, then I will gladly do so
Well, I am officially disenrolled from Tricare Prime and am on Tricare Standard, so I can now choose whatever healthcare providers that I want!!
The meeting with the VBAC doctor (Dr. Elrod) went REALLY well. His office is about 45 mins from my house, but the hospital is about 30 mins from the house which isn't too bad. Let's see if I can remember everything:
-He allows eating and drinking during labor as much as you need
-He allows laboring and birthing in the tub
-He believes in as little intervention as possible
-He believes that continuous EFM is a "calculated risk" and he leaves it to the mom's discretion as long as she knows the benefits and risks
-He said as a VBAC mom, the most important things for me are to stay in shape and active, to have as little intervention as possible, and to be up and moving during labor
-He has no expectations or time limits regarding dilation
-He does not place a limit on the amount of time that you push. He has had several push well over 8 hours to end in successful VBACs
-He does not believe in AROM unless truly necessary, and places no time limit on you after membranes are ruptured. He said the key there is to make sure that cervical checks are kept to an absolute minimum.
-He has only had to perform 1 c/s in the several years since he opened his own practice
-He has only ever missed 4 of his patient's births (they went before he was able to get there or it was a planned vacation that the patients were aware of)
-He shares an on-call schedule with another doctor but if one of his patients is admitted, he comes in anyways
-He doesn't believe in induction unless you are 42 weeks plus
-He is the only doctor in the clinic and there is one nurse... so I would see one of the two of them EVERY time
Sounds too good to be true, huh? Have you ever met an OB like that?