Are there any NHS policies that prevent you from having a home birth with a high BMI? My BMI is about 38. I know I'm obese, and I hate being this big. I was hoping to lose weight before conceiving but I knew at my age (31) and trying to conceive my first, I didn't have the luxury of waiting until I'd lost weight, and unfortunately my beloved Dad died in January, so prior to that I admit I was comfort eating and had actually gained weight when I conceived - it took us 18 months to conceive, we'd just about lost hope. However my blood pressure is good, I'm being tested for gestational diabetes next week but I'm sure I'll be negative (I've had times in the past when I can tell my blood sugar is soaring up and down but no incidence of this at all since I've been pregnant), my scans have all shown a healthy baby girl. So can I be refused a home birth purely because of my weight? (I know they can't physically drag me to hospital, but I'm sure you know what I mean). Also I presume I need to be registered with the local midwives if I want a home birth? I moved house about a month ago and am in a different health district in my new address, but have carried on seeing my midwife from my old address as it's actually easier to get to her from work, but I'm out of her health area really. I guess I would need to swap asap in that case. Any advice on where to start appreciated. I'm sick of hospitals after seeing my Dad dying in one, week after week. I would love a doula (I live within 3 miles of MervsMum, judging from the location on her website) but my OH says it's money that we don't have - I will work on persuading him. I'm not sure he will be supportive of a home birth, but I'd like to at least know if it was an option for me.