November 12, 2009
[efoods]Pregnant women are to be barred from giving birth at their local hospital if midwives consider them to be too fat, it emerged today.
Mothers-to-be with a body mass index of over 34 – the equivalent of a woman of 5ft 6in weighing 15 stone [210lbs] – will be turned away from the unit because of fears among staff that obese patients could die there during child birth.
Instead they will then be forced to travel a further 20 miles to another hospital which boasts a more high-tech maternity unit.
Body mass index calculations are used to work out whether or not a person is a healthy weight for their height. A BMI of over 30 is considered obese, and over 40 is very obese.