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!
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.
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.
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.
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 it
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...
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!
4poster, tell us what you really think 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.