Please read, i have had the terrible pitocin induced labor with a c/s following, then 3 1/2 yrs later a sch c/s (and I was doubting it and trying to force labor before the date -- didn't work), and then I had a beautiful homebirth on the day that my 3rd c/s was suppose to happen (but didn't do to the fact that my doctor terminated my care at 28 weeks prego).
If you want a natural birth, go for it. Tell you doctor, if he isn't happy leave and get a midwife. yes, I know you're about to have the baby. My midwife has a lot of mamas come to her at 40 and 41 weeks.
I don't personally think you can rush a baby who isn't ready and have a successful natural birth experience. Baby's know when they need to be born and not before.
FYI -- your baby was probably under distress from the labor inducing drugs, they are something like 500 times more powerful than natural contractions.
And the benefits to your baby born naturally are worth every contraction felt (and every obstacle you have to over come to get what you want). My bf experiences have not been good, my 1st c/s babe did not bf, my 2nd c/s babe worked hard for every drop and my milk didn't come in until day 5 or 6 and my natural babe had milk o plenty on day 2 and her latch was incredibly strong, it surprised me.
Plenty of women have VBACs in hospitals without a hitch. I knew how I saw myself laboring and knew what happened the first time. I was hooked up to the EFM and told not to get out of bed. This didn't work for me then and it wouldn't work for me in my last birth either. I called the hospital to ask what routine procedures were for VBAC mothers and was told continous EFM, IVs, and time limits etc. Here is how I see it: You get hooked up to the EFM, you get an epidural to handle the pain b/c you can't move through the contractions, your labor slows down b/c of the epidural, you can't accept pitocin b/c of uterine rupture, and you end up with a c/s which is what the doctors wanted all along!
After my last experience with a doctor terminating my care etc. and having the experience of an excellent direct entry midwife, I am bias to home being the place for births to happen. Check your operative report (available at the hospital your last c/s took place), if you have had double layer stitches on the uterus, then by many standards you are safe to have your baby vaginally.
Ian May Gaskin wrote on the double layer stitches in her latest book Ian May's Guide to Natural Childbirth.
I had about 6 weeks to read, read, and read on the subject you have a much more limited time. I suggest reading the following:
The book by Ian May above, save Spirtual Midwifery for when you have more time or if you cannot get a copy of Guide to Natural CB.
The Thinking Woman's Guid e to a Better Birth Henci Goer (skim it, read the what pertains to you)
Homebirth by Sheila Kitzinger
-- for positioning baby
-- research articles on VBAC studie
And mothering.com has some articles on VBACs and homebirths.
My angel is crying for her mama to bf, if you want more info or to chat PM me or e-mail me.
Best to you