Has anyone been refused a water birth because of their BMI?

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SuffolkNWhat Sun 07-Apr-13 11:23:59

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SuffolkNWhat Sun 07-Apr-13 11:24:56

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diamondee Sun 07-Apr-13 11:28:26

No, I haven't encountered this and I wanted a water birth with first 2 dc. I ended up not having one due to complications but at 17 st and in labour with dd they filled the pool for me.
Perhaps speak with another midwife?

I am in the same boat. I was a 16 before the bump, 6' tall and doing weights, running etc. My BMI is high, which I am happily blaming on lots of leg muscle, and the fact that BMI doesn't work so well when you're tall. I've been told that not only cannot I not have a water birth, but that I will HAVE to have a glucose test in case I have diabetes, despite having perfectly normal blood sugar levels and showing no symptoms.

They said no water birth, I'm saying, fine, I'll stay in my bath!

duchesse Sun 07-Apr-13 11:30:04

There was another thread about exactly this the other day. A lady with a bmi of 31 before pregnancy who'd moved mid pregnancy. Did you see that one?

SuffolkNWhat Sun 07-Apr-13 11:31:09

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SuffolkNWhat Sun 07-Apr-13 11:31:45

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duchesse Sun 07-Apr-13 11:32:08
CoolBananas Sun 07-Apr-13 11:34:44

If it helps I've just been to a water birth class and one of the things the midwife mentioned was that you may not be allowed a water birth if it might be tricky for a midwife to help get you out of the water in a hurry if they needed to.

SuffolkNWhat Sun 07-Apr-13 11:40:02

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Delayingtactic Sun 07-Apr-13 11:44:11

It is about being able to get you in and out of the bath in an emergency. And no they won't be able to rely on your DH being there. I can kind of see their point sorry.

catlady1 Sun 07-Apr-13 11:46:44

My BMI was 40+ by the time I gave birth, nobody mentioned that I couldnt have a water birth. As it happened, just as a pool became available I was starting to push, so it never happened, but they would have been happy for me to get in. I had to have the GTT but other than that nothing was out of the ordinary and I was under midwife care throughout.

duchesse Sun 07-Apr-13 13:11:44

Surely if that were the main motivation then overall weight rather than BMI would be the more compelling factor? Most 9m pregnant women are pretty hefty even if their BMI is acceptable.

Maybe it's a combination of higher likelihood of complications + likely higher weight?

cupcake78 Sun 07-Apr-13 16:06:19

I was refused due to the likelihood of my blood pressure increasing during labour due to my bmi. I still don't fully understand it. As it happened my blood pressure was fine.

Going to ask this time round as well but expecting to be told its not going to happen. I will just stay at home for longer and use my bath more!

wispa31 Sun 07-Apr-13 17:13:12

bmi is a load of bollocks anyway. why they still use it is beyond me! there are bodybuilders i train with who sit around 10% bodyfat year round who would be classed as 'morbidly obese' according to their stupid bmi charts.

Rookiebfcounsellor Sun 07-Apr-13 17:15:51

MrsMango I had the same issue as you. If you ask to see the lead mw and/or consultant they will review whether the decision is sensible. Worked for me and I had my water birth after both supervisor of mw and consultant signed it off.

Notmyidea Sun 07-Apr-13 19:34:46

Certainly familiar with the policy, mostly to do with increased risk of complications and the difficulty in getting mothers out of the pool. My response, currently having the lowest BMI in pregnancy I've ever had, and having my first two children before this BMI monitoring was brought in, is to hire my own pool in my own lounge and get on with itsmile

kelli10 Sun 07-Apr-13 20:52:11

My BMI was really high when I had my son. I never really talked to my midwife about my birth plan as I wanted to be as flexible as possible. When I got to the hospital I asked to use the pool and they let me right in. Didn't end up having him in there though as it was too hot for my liking...

weeblueberry Sun 07-Apr-13 22:33:40

I've never heard of this and was really hoping to have a water birth... Did you all just ask the midwife at your normal appointment? No one has mentioned this to me and my prepregnancy BMI was 34... sad

olivertheoctopus Sun 07-Apr-13 22:41:37

Here they moan a bit if BMI over 30 and moan a lot if over 35 but mine was 30 last pg and no-one ever said no water birth.

weeblueberry Sun 07-Apr-13 22:49:14

Just checked and my prepregnancy BMI was 31.8... I admit I'd be upset if this was factored into me not getting a water birth sad

nannyl Sun 07-Apr-13 23:03:46

choose a home birth and then its up to you!

you can do what you like at home, and are not bound by those redicolous rules

4posterbed Sun 07-Apr-13 23:24:29

It isn't ok having a high BMI, it's not good for your health and it's not good for your baby. It is highly irresponsible to go for a water birth at home if you know you are too heavy for a midwife to help you out if you needed it!

Midwives and nurses can do their backs in if they don't have specialised hoists etc to lift overweight patients. Are you seriously suggesting these rules are ridiculous? How utterly selfish!

5eggstremelychocaletymadeggs Sun 07-Apr-13 23:30:51

They do have hoists etc to get women out if necessary.

Weight can be an issue, the worry would be you passing out, becoming immobile etc.

They can only advise you whats you can do, its up to you ultimately.

There must be more stuff about this if you Google but yes home birth is an option.

awkwardsis Sun 07-Apr-13 23:34:04

4poster, tell us what you really think wink fwiw, I had a water birth at a normal Bmi and I think it's fair actually to consider the possibility that someone may have to assist you and just how possible that would be at a heavier weight. I positioned myself right under the taps as they were running, god knows why, but in doing so assured everyone in the room got soaked. I would not be moved until they threatened to haul me out themselves. You might think you'd manage ok but in labour, you just don't know if you'll even be able to listen to reason. I actually had a very calm birth so wasn't delirious or anything, I just went completely into myself and ignored everyone. They could have brought in the whole team to do the can can for me and I'd have been oblivious. If it came to needing to move you, the pool would cause a big problem I think. Obviously we all hope things go fine and in the majority of births, they do. But for that tiny chance that things might not, I'd not take the risk. I've had an active labour at a higher Bmi that was just as good an experience fwiw.

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