Er, have you thought of coming to one of our ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network) meetings? Second Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. I keep a resource file of VBAC friendly practitioners. The national website is www.ican-online.org
I can be reached (and can email you Maryland hospital cesarean stats) at [email protected]
Just as a brief summary, two hospitals in Maryland ban VBACs (Frederick Memorial and Memorial Hospital at Easton). Others, don't OFFICIALLY ban but it is getting harder to get one there: GBMC, AA Medical, St. Jo's, and perhaps Howard County (haven't been able to nail the info on them yet though I think I heard we just lost the other midwifery group that births there).
The favorite hospital amongst the doulas for supporting normal birth is Upper Chesapeake in Bel Air.
No birthing center in Maryland does VBACs at the birthing center.
Kathy Slone does VBACs at Mercy and St. Agnes but don't count on laboring or birthing in water unless a favorable back up OB is on call. Also, I have to gripe about midwives estimating pelvis size and telling women what size baby they are capable of passing. A very archaic practice. What all birthing women, especially VBACers need to hear is "YOU CAN DO THIS!"
Beware of the 37th week back peddle. That is, you are told "Yes yes yes yes you can VBAC" throughout your pregnancy then at 37(ish) weeks when you are very resistant to change, your caregiver starts finding (sometimes bizare) reasons you simply MUST have a cesarean. Happens time and time again.
By the way, I see very little difference between birthing at a birthing center and birthing at home if you don't live miles and miles away from a hospital. Do your own research though and see what you think. (douula speaking, not ICANer)
Doula and chapter leader