by Cassandra R. Elias
In the News: Mom Delivers 13-Pound Baby Naturally with No Pain Relief
A mom recently gave birth to a 13-pound baby...naturally. To borrow a recent popular headline, "Are YOU mom enough?" Few women might be -- could you?
When Baby Bethany Jane Turner was born some days ago, she made headlines as a record breaker, weighing in at a whopping 12 pounds 6 ounces, making her the third heaviest baby ever born in Britain.
Baby Bethany was delivered in a birthing pool at North Manchester General Hospital – the largest baby ever delivered there. Her mom, Naomi gave birth vaginally and with no anesthetics.
Large babies are not new Naomi, 33 and husband, Gavin, 32. Their other children, Katie and Billy, weighed in at approximately 9 pounds each. However, they had no idea this baby girl would be so large.
An average newborn is half the size of Baby Bethany or about 7 pounds. Bethany's grandfather nicknamed her "Popeye" because she has rolls of fat around her arms. Naomi tells the Manchester Evening News, "It wasn’t until she was born that we realized she was so big. They put her on the scales and everyone was shocked. I was struggling and I was a bit out of it towards the end of the labour but we still managed to have a natural water birth. It was perfectly fine and the labour was no more painful than the two other births."
The midwife who attended Naomi's labor, said "It was an absolute delight to support Naomi throughout her water birth. We were all surprised when baby Bethany arrived with a huge splash weighing 12 pounds 6 ounces, a first for the birth centre."
The heaviest birth on record occurred in Seville, Ohio, in 1879. The baby boy, who weighed 23 pounds and 12 ounces, died 11 hours after being born, according to Guinness World Records. The runner-up title belongs to a baby boy born in Aversa, Italy, in 1955, who weighed 22 pounds, 8 ounces.
What do you think about this delivery? Do you think you could do what she did?