just to give you hope - I used the pool when attempting VBAC with DS3 - it was the MW who suggested it. She was very pro-VBAC though so not sure if that helped and I was just lucky. In fact, she also said that I didn't need CFM - the consultant didn't look too happy about it but as the MW had already agreed, he couldn't do anything about it!
Remember, doesn't really matter what the consultant says - it's the MW's on duty when you go into labour that can make the decisions!
I'm hoping for a VBAC in water too. All things being ok I am hoping to book into the MLU at the hospital and the midwives have certainly not suggested that the pool will be out of bounds, so fingers crossed. So far my consultant's view is that she would like me to be on the CLU, have monitoring etc, but that I can do what I want. I have a consultant meeting next week so will let you know if anything changes, but I have now convinced myself that I am going in that pool so I would like to see them try and stop me...! Am 35 weeks BTW, so we should find out whether it is doable soon!
Meant to say, you also have to remember that the pool might not be available when you go into labour so it might not be an option anyway. (not trying to sound negative, just so you are prepared just in case!)
Thanks for this everyone. I am prepared for the fact that the pool might not be available but I'd like the chance to even use a bath for early pain relief if the pool isn't available. Not ideal but better than nowt.
Your comment that its down to the midwives is interesting - I assumed that consultants were in charge! Am quite happy to see that isn't the case.
Best of luck Mrshappy - I'll be looking out for your birth announcement!