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Ya Big Baby!

16 July 2007

Sparked by a conversation last night with Grandma, Aunt Jes & Nephew Alex on the way to dinner, I was curious about the size of the biggest baby ever born. Although I think Blueberry is going to be a VERY healthy size, I don’t think he’ll be a contender for that prize. I hope.

Since I don’t have a copy of the latest Guinness Book on hand and their site only lists selected records (or else why would you go out and pay for the book?), I had to resort to Google searches. Here are various records of note:

– In the late 1800’s, the record-holding baby was born to two giant North Americans known as the world’s tallest couple — Martin van Buren Bates (7 ft, 9 inches tall and 470 pounds) and Anna Swan (7 ft, 5.5 inches tall and 350 pounds). Reports on the exact size vary, but the baby was about 23 pounds, 12 oz and measured around 30 inches long. Unfortunately, it died two hours after the difficult (no kidding) delivery that included the baby’s head being stuck in the birth canal for almost 24 hours while they waited on a specialist to assist the doctor.

– The largest healthy baby born was in 1955 in Italy to Carmelina Fedele. The baby weighed 22 pounds, 8 ounces. I can’t find any info on whether or not she delivered it vaginally or by cesarean. Either way — an impressive feat. Just being able to function in those last months with a baby that big is darn impressive.

– More recently, in January 2005, a woman in Brazil gave birth to a healthy 16 pound, 11 ounce boy. He was born by c-section even though some reports say that doctors tried to persuade the mother to give birth naturally — that would be unheard of in the States!

For local record, the biggest baby my midwife, Tammi, has ever attended the birth of was 10 pounds, 10 ounces this past February, born to Mama Heather.  All natural homebirth… now THAT’S  a woman. You can read about it here or read some of her regular blogging entertainment (she’s hilarious) by checking out my blogroll to the right.

Don’t worry, if I have anything to say about it, she and “little” Irina will still be #1 after Blueberry arrives. I have ZERO ambitions to claim that title! I hope he feels the same way.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. .Bittersweet. permalink
    23 July 2007 14:35

    Pffft. Aunt Night Mere was 11 pounds, 12 ounces. And Uncle Jimmmmay was 11 pounds, 8 ounces. ;o)

  2. 24 July 2007 09:16

    Um… you’re both freaks of nature. Stop giving Blueberry naughty ideas. 😛 Love you!

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