I had natural , emergency c, scheduled c and am planning on VBA2C when I have the next baby (not on cards yet).
I did have VBAC as priority with my third but at 31-32 weeks I had major anxiety about going through with VBAC. I rang my OB immediately and had him book me in for C.
At the time I was baffled as I was 90% on having the VBAC the 10% was just scared on the size of the baby as DS2 was 10pd6 hence the emergency c, he just would not come out.
It turned out it was my instincts that brought me to the decision of a scheduled c with my third, had he been born Vaginally he likely would have died due to two large knots in his cord that where never picked up during ultrasounds.
I put my instincts down to changing my mind and I am a strong believer in these instincts ever since.
However 4th time around I have made sure to be healthy and fit. I have given myself an extra year to recover (I only wanted 2.5 years between all my kids I'm going for 3.5) I researched my odds, researched a supportive hospital and OB.
I will do this
In answer to recovery , my scheduled C pooped all over the emergency. I walked out the door of the hospital 48 hours later with a newborn, 2 kids and hubby already back to work and felt like it never happened, obviously besides a little pain but was totally manageable in comparison to not wanting to move for at least 2 weeks after emergency C.
You will find anyone who has had an emergency then a scheduled will feel the same about a better recovery.
As for VBAC. I say give it a go
My friends had emergency with her first and two long successful VBAC births of 9pd2 and 10pd6 babies.
I do believe the statistics are based on world wide and that the stats are strongly based on that of third world countries. I would be interested to see stats on Australia alone if anyone can fins them?
Best of luck to you x