Where I work, you would be considered an excellent candidate for TOLAC (trial of labor after csection). And our doctors would NOT discourage it, based on what I am reading of you here. The chances of uterine rupture DO rise after prior csection, but not so much that the risk outweighs the benefit of VBAC--- in your case. Anyone stands a possible 0.1-1% of uterine rupture in labor/delivery, by statistics. The number rises to a potential of up to 5%, after prior csection, but not for everyone. This is a considerable rise, but again not always so much that the risks involved in csection/surgical delivery outweigh that of attempting a VBAC.
I urge you to consult with your health care providers and see how well they support your desire to TOLAC and then check the unit/birth center at which you plan to deliver. SOME units will NOT do TOLAC/VBAC at all, mostly due to a lack of 24/7 dedicated anesthesia service, or physicians who balk at the risks.
Most places that do VBAC WILL allow pitocin augmentation of labor but NO PLACE I KNOW will use any method of cervical ripening (cervidil, cytotec or prostin gel), because they are unpredictiable and cannot be "turned off" the way pitocin can. Uterine hyperstimulation is a real risk with any cervical ripening, unacceptable in cases of TOLAC. If you plan a VBAC and have to be augmented with pitocin, where I work, you would be urged to allow internal monitoring of your uterine contractions for accuracy in measuring strength and resting tone of the uterus, as well as frequency of contractions. So do not be surprised if you OB talks to you about placing an IUPC (intrauterine pressure catheter) in labor. It's pretty common. Again, we are trying to avoid uterine hyperstimulation in this case, and titrating pitocin is a more demanding science in cases of TOLAC.
If you elect to use regional anesthesia, (epidural or intrathecal), you will be monitored VERY closely, but then so are all mothers who elect to use anesthesia. All our mothers who have epidurals are required to be on continuous monitoring, period. Our best indication, esp. if you have an epidural in place, of any rupture of the uterus, is reading/monitoring the tonus of the uterus and fetal heart tones. Any trouble amiss, we can see it on the monitor, usually rather quickly, where you may NOT feel it.
If you plan to go with LOW intervention labor, then you may be allowed intermittent monitoring, like most others. Women WITHOUT regional anesthesia usually can report symptoms, in the rare case of a rupture. We prefer VBAC's NOT have augmentation, and try to go the low-intervention route, if at all possible, for obvious reasons. The only time you will need augmentation, likely, is if your water breaks and you do NOT kick into labor naturally within about 12 hours or so.
Also, where I work, IF a woman is TOLAC, dedicated anesthesia personnel AND the obstetrician MUST remain ON THE UNIT during the entire course of labor and delivery. That way, obviously, if an emergency occurs, a very quick response by all critical players is possible.
I have seen many successful and joyous VBAC deliveries, so I hope to encourage you to try this. BUT your OB and the nursing staff have to be ON BOARD with you and support you 100%. Discuss this early-on with the OB's on your staff, so they are all clear of your intentions. Best wishes and I hope you have a very healthy, happy delivery, however that may occur! I hope this helps a bit.