Recently a former classmate of mine lost her baby during birth. I don't have all the details, but from what I can piece together she went into labor, he came feet first, and they weren't able to get his head delivered in time. This was her first baby, and I know she was at a hospital. But I believe the hospital she would have been at, would have been a very small community hospital, that, I'm sure, would have little experience in this.
We all know that almost all breech babies born in a hospital are thru c-section. But, if a breech baby is born vaginally, would it be safer for them to be born at home with a qualified midwife?? I've heard countless stories of woman having breech homebirths with no complications. Many times because of the quick thinking of their midwives.
From everything I've heard vaginal delivery of a breech presentation is a lost art in the hospital setting. Is it possible that doctors don't have the knowledge to best assist in these births??
Anyway, this is just something that I've been thinking about since hearing her story. Again, I don't have all the facts. And I know that no matter where or who you have assisting you during your birth the unthinkable can and does happen. But it's raised a lot of questions in my mind. And I'd like to hear your thoughts.