While the birth of a nearly 14-pound baby in itself is no record (heck, a Texas mom gave birth to a 16-pound child just last year), accomplishing the feat without surgery or the use of pain medication is kind of a big deal.
According to a report by USA Today, Kendall Stewardson of Iowa has been put into the running for mom of the year after she naturally delivered a 13lb 12oz baby without any pain relief.
“When he came out we all thought he was smaller and then we put him on the scale,” Stewardson said of her new son, named Asher, “we were very surprised, but he’s three inches longer.”
Baby boy Asher Stewardson is the second boy born to parents Kendall and Joshua Stewardson. The couple’s first child, Judah, weighed in at a whopping 12 pounds.
“Just to have two that had absolutely no issues, we’re definitely very blessed that way,” Mr Stewardson, 23, told WHO-TV.
The DailyMail points out that Asher’s birth was the largest on record for Mercy Medical Hospital but is short by roughly a pound for the state record which goes to a Johnson County baby born in 1980 at 14 pounds, 13 ounces.
According to Wikipedia, the average birth weight of a full-term newborn is approximately 7 ½ lbs and one out of 1,000 infants are born weighing over 11 pounds.
Here is a video clip on the birth of Asher Stewardson:
Female readers chime in: If you were committed to having a baby naturally would you stand by your resolve or cave in to the drugs if you knew it was to be almost 14-pounds?