A woman in Aberdeen gave birth to a near 15 pound baby this week, shocking herself and her doctors. According to CBS 12, Yessica Ortiz Delgado from Washington welcomed a baby boy named Francisco Leon Ortiz. Although Delgado was used to carrying large babies (her other two children were both about 12 pounds at birth), she never expected her newborn son to be 14 pounds, 11 ounces.
According to Yahoo! News, both mom and baby are doing well. Sometimes babies that are born heavier than normal (say over 10 pounds) have to be treated for various health issues, but the reports made no mention of Francisco needing any special care.
The Aberdeen 15 pound baby is certainly a rarity. Grays Harbor Community Hospital said that their average newborn weighs about 7.5 pounds. It is unknown if Delgado’s doctors knew approximately how big the child was going to be.
Just last week, a 13-pound baby was born to a woman in Colorado. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Alisha Hernandez was expecting to give birth to a much smaller infant, somewhere around 7 pounds, and certainly no bigger than 10 pounds. Hernandez went into labor and ended up having a C-section to deliver her daughter Mia, who weighed in at 13 pounds, 13 ounces, and was 22 inches long. The newborn had to be taken to Children’s Hospital in Aurora due to respiratory difficulty and low glucose levels, but was said to be doing okay.
“They’re all shocked that they’re seeing a baby like that. Even in the San Luis Valley, they were like whoa! They opened their eyes like they’ve never seen a baby like that. We thought it was going to be 11 or 12 pounds at the most. The nurse, she got shocked. She’s like come here! Come here! Come here! She’s like come here! Run! I went and I’m like, what happened? She’s like, well check out this! I checked it, and it was 13 pounds and 13 ounces,” said Mia’s dad, Francisco Garcia.
The 15 pound baby born in Aberdeen is definitely an unusual sight. According to Baby 2 See, only about 10 percent of infants weigh over 8 pounds at birth (they are referred to as LGA or large for gestational age), and that percentage obviously diminishes as the weight increases.
“About 10 percent of all babies weigh more than 8 pounds, 13 ounces (4 kg). With about 1.5% of babies their birth weight was equal to, or was greater than 9 lb 15 oz (4500 g). Rarely do babies weigh over 10 pounds (4.6kg). Although most LGA babies are born at term (37 – 41 weeks of pregnancy).”
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