Mom Gives Birth to 2-Pound Baby on Her Lawn (VIDEO)

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baby born on lawnWe see a lot of stories about women giving birth in crazy places. So we weren't surprised when we heard about Elizabeth Whitehead, the mom who gave birth on her front lawn. We weren't even surprised to hear she didn't realize she was pregnant -- that seems to happen a lot. But then we found out that her baby boy was three months premature -- and weighed only two-and-a-half pounds. Wow, now that's surprising and scary.

The baby was born unconscious. Police found Elizabeth and her baby lying on the grass, the baby still attached to his mother by the umbilical cord but not breathing. It took several rounds of CPR to get the newborn breathing, but his heart was beating normally by the time they got to the hospital. Amazingly, he is in good health now.

Elizabeth says she took two pregnancy tests and both came out negative. She knew something was up, but she didn't think it was pregnancy until she actually gave birth. Can you imagine -- not only does it turn out you were pregnant, but your baby is impossibly small. Before you've even had time to imagine this new child in your life, you're in danger of losing him. 

Just to give you an idea of how little this baby was, he was about the size of a sneaker. Only he was much, much more delicate, of course. You can imagine how slim he would be. You would have little hope for his survival -- unless, of course, you were the baby's parents. And then you would hope for a miracle.

Have you ever seen a two-and-a-half-pound baby?

 

Image via nbcphiladelphia.com

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janae... janaeventura

My son was born at 2lbs9oz. His foot was the size of the top section of my thumb.

Babies sometimes just dont want to wait, hope the grass was soft.

nonmember avatar Meghan

My first was born at 26 weeks and weighed exactly 2lbs. There were babies in the NICU that were even smaller than her.

ollie... olliespunkma

I was a preme me and my twin were both around 2 & a half pouns our foot print from the hospital are like little chicken feet

Jennifer Kralick Bouchard

My son was premature weighed 2 pounds and was 13 inches. It is so scary , he is now a healthy almost six yr old .

nonmember avatar Lisa

I myself gave birth to a 1 lb 7 oz baby girl. I was 24 weeks pregnant. she was considered a micro-preemie. 6 months in the hospital...ALOT of heartache for my baby :( BUT, she is now 7 yrs old and healthy as a can be. PRAISE GOD!!!

Green... GreenEyesMom

Omg to all of the above comments you are all miracles or have had little miracles. Bless you all. :) *My daughters were both 6lbs an a few oz. And they were so tiny in my eyes. I can't imagine a 2lb baby. Well I can but wow. Amazing. Props to the new mom.

Angie Marie

my daughter was 10 lbs at birth, i couldnt even imagine what a 2 lb baby would look like. 

Jamie Lee Endres

My daughter was born at 29 weeks and she weighed 2 pounds. Luckily I made it to the hospital in time because she was almost born on the toilet at home. I am glad there was a angel watching over this mom and baby!!

nonmember avatar alicia

when i had my first daughter she was born at 6 moths and weighed 2pound 3 oz she is 16 now and u would never known that she was born so early

NyKeya Kilby

my son was born at the gas station, 2 months early at 2lb 14oz..  he was delivered by a cop passing by.  its funny cause my mom was on the phone with 911 and they put her on hold.  some stranger who was gassng up held my hand the whole time.  he is now  7 and healthy as a horse.  it was awesome.  and on the news here in san diego and chicago.  just wanted to share my story.

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