My work.

At the moment i’m working on a portfolio for Health and Social Care, we have to create a hypothesis and try and prove it right/wrong.
When I first started writing mine, (“Should overweight women be given IVF free on the NHS?”) I thought it was a no-brainer. Why should they? It would be much a much healthier, much better decision for them to lose weight before being given any treatment. Firstly, because the treatmentr may not even work if they’re overweight, and secondly, if they DO conceieve, being a healthy weight will mean they can have a much more hands-on approach to parenting, which in turn, would encourage the child to live a more healthy life.
Seems I was wrong though. A lot more people disagree with me than I thought. I’ve just given out about ten questionnairs, and even though I haven’t had a proper look through them, it seems most of them are opposed to the idea of women having to lose weight before given treatment. Which to be honest, annoys me a lot.
If somebody on the street walked up to you and commented on how podgy you are, of course your initial reaction would be suprise, anger, humiliation etc. That is the only thing people can see.
When told that overweight people may not be allowed IVF free, the first thing they think is that you’re shallow, materialistic, you’re hurting poor fatties feelings, that you think the mother should be thin just so they look good.
Looking good here is irrelevant. It’s not about having a super-skinny mum picking you up from school, it’s about having a healthy mum taking you for walks on the park and to the beach. People don’t see that. They’re not seeing the ACTUAL benefits.
Why not? We’re not telling you to slim down because we want you to be our next model. We want you to slim down because if you don’t, it’s likely the IVF treatment won’t work. And why should the NHS spend hundreds of pounds on your treatment if it’s likely to not work?
Do something for us. If you want to be a mother that much, then surely you’d lose some weight.

And just for the record, I do undertstand that certain illness’ such as as Polysystic ovary syndrome can effect the weight of some women, and I do take that into account.

EDIT: I just found this on the Guardian site and I had to comment:
“Surely, though, as with a normal pregnancy, it is up to women to make up their own minds about what risks they are willing to face? We live in a society that glorifies the idea of the “selfless mother” in which newspapers regularly run stories about women who are risking their own lives – due to medical complications or terminal illness – to have kids, yet when it comes to some slightly increased risks in this case it is used as a basis for exclusion from treatment.”

Obviously totally missing the point. Yes, if the woman in question is paying for her IVF herself, then fine,  it’s her choice. If she knows it most likely won’t work but she still wants it, then it’s up to her. But why the hell should we take the risk of it not working when it’s being paid for by the NHS? Why should they fund it even though it’s not going to work?

I could argue about this for hours.


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