So the thing is that breeches and twins are higher risk both no matter which way the babies are born, c- section or vaginal births. For twins the majority are born via c-section before term and they have a very high death rate- also once you get a set of very small numbers it is hard to say if it is artifically high or low or even a clear trend.
The 34 week stuff may have been a local thing- but i am sure I had read some older recommendations- now that there are plenty of studies saying better off later up to a point 38 weeks is when unexpected stillbirths are an increased incidence so not really waiting that late.
There are religious midwives who do nothing other than pray, and religious sects in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho that I know of that refuse medical care completely or try to avoid it- if these families had babies in Oregon during this one year ... In any case we should really look at each case and figure out if there were avoidable cause deaths and what we could do if anything to change the outcomes.
As for religious midwives- Brenda Is religious in her calling and should not be persicuted but she is not a pray only midwife she has skills. The state of California has decided to go after her who knows why because they can and probably did a birth on some doc's turf that felt territorial the charges dont have to do with a bad outcome case... i think that faith gibson was charged similary in the past but set free because of religious exemption.
I have seen some more recent trends in out of hospital birth, like women with primary health issues that are medically controlled and so moms think that there is really nothing wrong with their health and so persue s home birth if turned away by a midwife or midwives she will continue to seek out the home birth experience and may birth UC- now I do think that a mom has a right to give birth where ever with who ever she chooses if they choose to participate with her but these are genuinely high risk situations and alter the mortality and morbidity rates.