I assured them that it was not true, as my c-section was my first child, and before ACOG (American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology) changed it's mind, it was assumed that most women would at least trial VBAC. About the time Sam was born, they were changing their minds again, because they saw rupture rates 'go up'. Well, yes, they went up because ACOG was directing OB's to initiate labor through chemical means, which is very hard on the uterus and would cause rupture itself. (I had two induced vbacs...with no complications) The rate of rupture in an uncut uterus is much higher when cytotec is introduced...and pitocin causes abrupt and immediate contractions for which the uterus may not be prepared. So, without taking that into consideration, in 2003 (?) ACOG decided to protect its members by recommending against VBAC.
The immediate consequence is that the primary insurance company for doctors within Oklahoma, PLICO, (owned by physicians and "created to stabilize liability in Oklahoma") decided that they would NOT allow their members to perform VBACs. If a member does attempt with a patient, regardless of the patient's desire or ability to handle vaginal birth, they will lose all liability insurance.
However, 25% of physicians within Oklahoma are NOT covered by PLICO, and there are OBs in OKC and Tulsa both who can and will deliver VBACs...not to mention midwives across the state. A few examples include OU medical center, as well as St Anthony's, in OKC, and in Tulsa at Southcrest and St Johns.
It just makes me sad that people will mislead these poor pregnant women, who really just want what is best for their babies...utilizing FEAR to get what they want. And they want easy to manage births with few surprises. Life is full of surprise...get used to it.