Vaginal Birth After Cesarean aka VBAC
In most situations it is considered safer for a mom to have a vaginal birth after cesarean. Generally the risks of a vaginal birth are lower than the risks of a cesarean, even if the mom had a previous cesarean. There are different risk factors that might make you a bad candidate for a VBAC. Talk with your doctor about your personal medical history and risk factors, ask plenty of questions, and talk about the risks and benefits.
I feel luck to have experienced both. However in hind sight I can't say that one was easier than the other for recovery. For me anyway.
I have friends whose doctors just flat out refused to do a VBAC so yes, I too feel its really a doctor or hospital thing.