We had a surprise breech baby at home. Midwives are not licensed for homebirths here PERIOD, so having one at my breech birth was no different. My midwife had a breech birth 5 year prior to mine and she brought all of the European knowledge that she studied and researched for her own birth into mine. I labored for 10 hours, painfully, but none the less...At 10 cm's my water still had not broken and the baby had not descended into the birth canal yet. So I pushed real hard through two contractions and broke my own water and then he dropped down into my pelvis. She checked me and said, "So, he's definitely a boy and he's definitely breech!" She gave us the option of ding it at home or transferring. We decided to stay home and 10 minutes later, he was born without being touched, AT ALL!!!! Cord wrapped twice, but still had beautiful color. Needed no resusitation. He was actually asleep when he was born and we had to wake him to assess him. :*) The worst part of everything was the bruising on his little bottom from my pelvic bones. That went away with arnica cream after a couple days. He had a perfect shaped head and was perfect all around. The closest hospital is 20 minutes away and had we transported, I would have had him in the car, which to me would be more compromising than staying home. I knew we were in good hands. I knew the risk, I had peace about our choice.
I feel like a common mismanagement of labor and delivery among the medical profession causes this unfounded fear in women that we incapable of doing what women have been doing since the beginning of time. No Dr. in the country would allow a breech birth in a hospital, simply because they lack the training and experience to properly attend to mothers of breech babies. I would deliver a breech at home again without hesitation. Ina May Gaskin just did a conference here in NC on breech birth that I missed as my babe was too young to leave home. I wish I had been there but she is a huge advocate for it in skilled environments with tried pelvises. I love listening to her speak. Birth is natural and normal. We commonly misconceive this because we are told by other women, as especially health care professionals, that we are inadequate. When really, our babies are just as unique in birth as they are in personality.