I think that the English method sounds good, i also dont see that happening anytime soon here. Actually when i was younger doctors would interact with our clients much more freely and it wasnt such a hard thing to accomplish . But then again those docs probably had done some home births or were trained by docs who had done homebirths, could do some diagnosis with hand skills, including diagnosing a breech without an ultrasound... And even until recently we had less hostility in the hospitals, but the ACOG position on home birth since the WAX paper has made for a great deal of building hostility - when clients are treated rudely or with an attitude, they are less inclined to even hear a message that may be specific to them, more often we have been finding that every situation is an opportunity to disaprove of home birth- with that kind of prepackaged message ( that if not delivered, BTW, ACOG is suggesting the doc should be peer reviewed, fined and punished in any other way possible) you end up with patients just ignoring their imput, even when it may be truley the best advice.
A friend of mine while working in Washington state, attempted a vaginal breech birth at home with for a couple who had been in ob care and transfered to her- the doctor she was seeing had no vaginal breech delivery skills and so never offers it as a possibility, the baby was a complete breech but labor did not bring the baby down timely or simply so they transfered in and had a csection- the baby wasnt compromised or sick for even one day and the mom was fine- doctor made a complaint that went all the way thru to court- the result, that it is reasonable to have an alternative , and that it is legal in the state of Washington for midwives to assist in Select breech deliveries. The primary state organization of midwives did not change their protocols to include this legal ability /option because as a group they have decided to not offer this- so here you even have a rather large group of midwives that have decided to not practice to what is legally allowed but to their own comfort level . Many states allow for breeches vbac and twins, those are all increased risk births at home or in the hospital you will find many midwives who will not do these births and some who will, not every midwife willing to attend these births has the skill set to do so - advice on breech birth written by Mary Cronk an English midwife is very straight forward - she is selective about the breech births she will attend at home, so the primary skill sets have to do with recognizing what is usual and normal when something is abnormal and what to do, that is where experience comes into play, either to transfer timely, or to manage a complexity when it occurs because you already have experience and a good idea of what to do and how to do it- "hands off the breech" is for when everything is going textbook- hands on skills are for when things are not textbook. I have a retired midwife neighbor who has alot of experience with both twins and breech births- one day she would tell me an important detail, and another time she may say something very different- because she is thinking about what worked for particular births-