Quoting Bethyboo wants a VBAC!:" At my last appointment I brought up going without the epidural and pitocin and my doctor (who is very ... [snip!] ... this straight with him now so he knows what my boundaries are with everything. Thanks in advance! BTW, I'm due July 7th."
HAve you investigated hypnobirthing, i'd really recommend it. I had a section with my first- failure to progress with epidural and pitocin which is why i'm sure i ended up with baby unhappy. My second labour was fantastic, water birth VBAC, no analgesia just hypnosis and a great midwife with my husband doing light touch massage. THere was alot of negative talk from some of the less informed professionals but i stuck to my guns. I knew the baby was fine and my midwife agreed with my philosophy. The upshot was that my son was born alert and fed straight away and i recovered much quicker. THere are indications for repeat section like an up and down scar or true disproportion of the baby to pelvis ( thats rare, the pelvis shifts in labour so even if you are small, the tail bone moves back and the symphysis splits, plus the babies head is not solid, the bones slide over each other) or if the baby is distressed but you are right an epidural "just in case" is ludicrous and may well end up in an intervention spiral and a repeat section.
Get your facts and figures ready, in most cases a repeat section is more risky than a VBAC. Do what you are comfortable with at the end of the day when you have got all the facts. If you are unhappy with his opinion, switch doctors, there are plenty out there who will support you.