As little as 60 years ago, most births in the United States were at home. Midwives were the norm, not the exception, and you only went to the hospital when there was something wrong. How quickly we forget. These days, having a home birth is considered “alternative” and some people will give you scornful looks, talk about calling Child Protective Services, and in general treat you like a freak if you say you want to avoid the hospital for giving birth.
In some practices, doctors are refusing to treat obese patients at all, citing concerns over medical malpractice lawsuits, because obese people have more risk of complications in areas such as pregnancy. Rather than pick on a select group of individuals, maybe doctors – and their patients – should work together to force a change in medical malpractice laws. That would make more sense in the scheme of things.