Woman Deemed 'Too Fat' for Pregnancy
A pregnant woman says she has been told she cannot have her baby in a Victorian hospital because she is too fat. "[A hospital staffer] weighed and measured me, then sat down with her calculator and worked it out and just told me sorry you're 41," [the woman] Lisa said. She said she was told by the staff member she would have to lose 8kg if she wanted to have her baby delivered at Werribee Mercy hospital. "I've only got nine or 10 weeks left in my pregnancy, basically that's drop a kilo a week."
110kg is around 242 pounds, and the hospital wants her to lose around 2.2 pounds per week for the next 9-10 weeks, and she's at the end of her pregnancy! As contributor Sandy says, "Advocating such weight loss during the last trimester endangers the baby - that's when weight gain is the greatest because the baby's health needs it for neurological development (which occurs during the last trimester.)"