Some backstory - VBAC is very "controversial" around here. Only a handful of OBs in the Upstate of SC will do it, & it's illegal for a midwife attending a VBAC w/o a backup OB, so no birth centers offer VBAC. I would strongly consider HB (prefer it in many ways), but we live 30+ minutes from the hospital, so DH isn't game & I worry about the distance too.
Anyway, the largest local hospital started a Midwifery Care center a few months back, & they have backup OBs so they can do VBAC! They are even doing water birth in the hospital. I found out about the center the day before my 1st prenatal appt with my old OB,so I called & ended up talking to the head midwife for 30 minutes & had my appt scheduled in right away.
The difference in attitude was night & day. Instead of getting that "why are you asking questions/I'm in a hurry/appts shouldn't last more than 10 mins" feeling, I felt welcome & listened to. It was wonderful. I'm so excited - just had to share!