Hi, I am new to the site and not a midwife (I hope this doesn't matter) but want to be one in about 10 years time because I am passionate about pregnancy, birth and babies. I had an all natural and calm hospital water birth in 2010 for number 1 and wanted that again in 2012 but due to having twins in the breech and transverse position, I disapointingly had to have a caesarian.
We still want one more baby and I know that continous monitorring for VBACs is hospital policy which makes VBACing in the water not possible in most places and I think this should change. Even just labouring in the water if possible would be of great benifit.
What I am hoping to learn from some people with more knowledge than those not in the profession is;
How important really is continuous monitorring to prevent rare unterine rupture and is it really neccesary or is intermitant enough? Are the hospitals being over careful or are they practising the best policy? From what I have found out so far, it seems there is nothing wrong with water birth itself for VBACs and that they might even be beneficial for the scar. I want to minimise chances of repeat caesarian and know this would be the easiest way for some. Also constant monitorring really is needed, then why is there not more waterproof equipment available? I assume it is expensive.
Thanks in advance, I am passionate about natural birth and thought, why not start to change things with my own birth before I become a midwife.