I am so excited now about giving birth and more determined than ever to get my VBAC!! Have I mentioned that I LOVE my OB?
I mentioned (for the first time) that I was going to go for an unmedicated VBAC and his immediate response was, "That's great!" He seemed super excited about the idea that I wouldn't be leaping in to get the epidural. The only thing he will 'require' is the IV because in the rare event that I have an issue that could cause some kind of collapse he feels it would put me and baby in a situation where he would be useless. He explained it all well, and the IV is portable so it won't inhibit my moving around and I will do intermittent fetal monitoring.
He doesn't care what I do during labor or what position I'm in when the baby comes out as long as the baby is catchable when he comes out. He asked me to write up a birth plan and bring to my next appointment so we could go over it together. He was just so completely supportive about everything I wanted in my birth experience. He told me that what I wanted was a natural thing and that he was completely for it! I did ask how the other OB's in the practice felt about all the stuff I wanted in case one of them are on call. He said that most share his view, but that a couple 'have a different comfort level' with it. He said that's why it's important that we have a birth plan on file.
I also met with the perinatal educator at the hospital and toured the hospital (again). She's the one who does all the childbirth classes and she is hugely pro NCB. She was very excited about my unmedicated birth plan and said that is extremely rare in our area. She always asks in the classes who is planning on getting an epi and she said that every class all but about 1 person always raise their hands. She said the hospital epidural rate is 98%. I didn't ask what the c/s rate is. The idea of natural birth is just not something that has caught on around here, so it's actually a pleasant surprise that the hospital birthing environment is so pro-natural birth. If I get my VBAC, I will NEVER be separated from my baby (baring medical issues). She said they are working on making that the standard for c/s deliveries too, but she says it's hard to implement change like that. When she first started working at this hospital, she said it was standard to take all babies to the nursery immediately for checking, bathing etc. Anyway, I could go on forever since I spent over an hour talking to her about it all. Oh and if I have a vaginal delivery, I get a room with a butt jacuzzi! Who knew?!
And baby boy is doing great! All my stats are great and I passed all my tests from my last appointment with flying colors!