This baby was the result of an attempted home delivery. An uncertified midwife kept the mother at home far too long, having mother push and push, trying to keep her from having to go to a hospital with it's too technical and "unnatural" approach to birth, where, heaven forbid, they might actually try to monitor the baby's condition during labor and intervene if it were necessary. By the time she did finally go to a hospital and deliver, the baby was a goner. He was a fine baby. If it hadn't been a screwed up delivery, he'd probably be playing ball with his dad now.
I knew that sooner or later I would write about home deliveries. I do it now because a commenter on a recent post of mine (CDMR) said that after she had a caesarean section she had her next two deliveries at home. In a nutshell, I hate home deliveries.
I think that most people who have a home delivery do it because they want a better "childbirth experience". I ask such people, why are you having a baby? What is the purpose of this pregnancy? If it's to have a good experience, skip the pregnancy and go out for dinner and a movie instead. But if it's to have a helathy child, go to a hospital and take advantage of the modern world. It wasn't that long ago that many women and babies died in childbirth. A lot can go wrong. Ten per cent of babies need some type of resuscitation at birth. A good childbirth experience won't make up for the loss of a child. (By the way, this is not a rant against midwives. I have nothing against them, as long as they are certified and deliver babies in the hospital.)
The baby I write about here is not, unfortunately, the only baby I have seen die because of a home delivery. Pregnant and in labor? Go to a hospital.