Mom of Iowa's Biggest Baby Makes Childbirth Look Easy

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asherAt birth, full-term babies born in the U.S. tip the scales, on average, at around 7 pounds, 8 ounces, which of course doesn't mean that there aren't plenty of mothers giving birth to babies both smaller and larger. My healthy babies both weighed around 6 pounds (give or take a few ounces) when they made their debut -- though they didn't stay that small for long!

And bigger? Well, a woman in Iowa has just given birth to a baby boy that CNN reports might just be the largest infant ever to have been born "naturally" in the state. How big was the baby, Asher Stewardson? He weighed in at a whopping 13 pounds, 12 ounces, and measured 23 1/2 inches long! And get this, Asher's amazing mother delivered him vaginally, after six hours of pushing and with no drugs (nope, no epidural, no nothin').

I'll just give you a minute to take that in …

Back? Yeah, I know, but you can uncross your legs now: The birth story of baby Asher has a totally happy ending. He's healthy (and cute as a button!), and his mom, Kendall Stewardson, is doing great, too.

It's also kind of a good reminder for the rest of us. Assuming Kendall wanted a natural birth and had some idea that her baby was going to be on the large side (Asher's older brother was 12 pounds at birth, though doctors thought, based on ultrasounds, Asher might be somewhat smaller), she got to follow through on her "birth plan," triumphing in a situation that to some people might have seemed nearly impossible.

Isn't it amazing how strong we women can be and how amazing the human body is? Congrats to the Stewardson family on their big, bouncy bundle of joy!

Can you imagine giving birth to a baby as big as Asher vaginally and without drugs?


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ebmmy... ebmmy2004

Ouch... thats all I have to say is ouch...

Danzz... Danzzcoach

Ugh my first was a preemie at 30 weeks, and even her TINY little body ripped me from end to end when she decided to go from 4cm to 10 cm in 8 minutes... I gave a HALF of a push and that was all. 26 stitches for me and 4 months for her in the hospital... And HECK YES I had pain meds. This woman is my HERO! HOLY COW! WAY TO GO MOMMA! Geeez! ;-) SO glad it turned ot well!

nonmember avatar Brittanee

I gave birth to my daughter vaginally without drugs, but she was only a little over 6lbs. And only 5 minutes of pushing. I couldn't imagine doing the same thing with a baby that big, for six hours! ouch... but congrats to the family and well done Momma!

nonmember avatar Rhonda

I had a 12lb. baby natural no drugs in 1975. Got to hospital at 6 a.m. had him at 10a.m.

CassS... CassSpade

I reeeeealy don't think babies born smaller or larger hurt any less. Either way, you're pushing something really big out of somewhere that's relatively small. I've known people who had big babies and didn't rip at all, and people with tiny babies and had to get several stitches afterward.


That baby is so darn cute! 

dream... dreamangelcutie

omg! thats is big hurt! i had 9lbs 5ozs with no drugs but your strong!

nonmember avatar Ricababy

Not trying to one up this woman bc lets face it I had DRUGS! but I gave birth to twins at 37 weeks, baby A was 7 lbs 6 oz 20 inches long and Baby B was 7 lbs 14 oz 21 inches long! My placenta weighed 4lbs ALONE and i still had 1000 MLS of fluid.
BRAVO for this woman to have delivered a 13 lb SINGLETON with ZERO drugs! i would've NEVER! it is truly amazing what our bodies will do to accommodate a large child or multiples. Such a beautiful thing!

nonmember avatar Valerie Santiag

Honestly, having a large baby doesn't feel any different. My first baby was 8lbs 2oz, she ripped me. My 2nd child was 11lbs 4oz 23 1/2 inches and he didn't rip me at all. Although, his shoulder got stuck coming out. He was a fat baby. Lol. And believe it or not, larger babies have more health problems at birth than smaller. Especially, if their mother is diabetic. I have 5 children and I had to have an emergency c-section for my smallest baby because they claimed he was too big at 35wks. Even tho, the ultrasound said 8lbs 13oz, he was only 8lbs even. And again, that was my SMALLEST!

nonmember avatar rayleen

My son was 8lbs 9oz. 21 1/2 in longg && it was harddd to gett him outt! 19hr labor!

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