Why did you need that 1 c-section? While I agree with you 100% that the policies are ridiculous, I fear a home birth is not a safe option for you. While the risk of rupture is not high, IF you did rupture you would be putting both your baby and yourself in serious danger. And medical interventions would not be at hand. I actually feel it would be irresponsible for a midwife to deliver a vbac in a home setting. Out of 4 births, you needed emergency interventions for 1. That's 25%. Unfortunately, I feel that given these [email protected]
circumstances, you really have either give in to their ridiculous conditions (are you SURE that's the way it's done there?) or you need to have a c-section. Having 3 vaginal births, you are a good candidate for a vbac, so it is a shame. But if God forbid anything went wrong, would you ever be able to forgive yourself?
If i were you, i'd consider traveling the 2 1/2 hours to a better hospital. I'd be leery of any hospital with those policies anyways. Also, check directly with the hospital to see if that truly is their policy. I would be surprised if it really is that dated. And if it is, you should be reporting them to ... i don't know exactly... the state? I was just talking yesterday with my neighbor who is a LC at a local hospital. She was explaining how they HAVE to stay current with all the current recommendations or the state will come down on them. Which she was thrilled about, because the state wants every possible thing done to support bf'ing such as rooming in, nursing immediately after birth, etc... Look into it and be an advocate.