Inside the Moment the Roloffs Found Out Their Baby Has Dwarfism

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Little People, Big World
's Zach and Tori Roloff welcomed their baby boy, Jackson, on May 12 -- and recently shared publicly that the child has achondroplasia, a common form of dwarfism. But on this week's episode of LPBW, viewers caught a glimpse inside the day the new parents learned of their son's condition, which raised some serious questions about Tori's birth plan.


At their 34-week ultrasound, the doctor was able to confirm Jackson's dwarfism -- which only fazed Tori in the sense that she would have to consider something other than a vaginal birth.

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"Our doctor wants us to consider a cesarean to deliver him safely," she said on camera. "I left that appointment thinking I need to read up on cesareans because I know nothing about them. It's just nerve-racking being on an operating table. I've never done that before. They did the projections for how big his head will get if I went to 40 weeks and, no, it's a scary thought."

The show implied that it is common for women carrying a baby with dwarfism to have a C-section, as their heads generally measure too large to safely fit through the birth canal without causing serious damage.

After the ultrasound appointment, Tori puts it into perspective by asking Zach, "Did you see those numbers? Almost 40 centimeters! Your cervix only goes to 10."

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In an on-camera interview with Amy Roloff, Amy also expresses her concern for the health of everyone involved.

"The doctors and everyone, if it is going to be an LP [little person] baby, they just need to be a little more aware," she said. "Tori may have to have a C-section. I would hope that an average-sized person could push the baby through whether it's a little person or average-size but you just never know."

Zach and Tori's reaction to their ultrasound is a testament to their love and dedication to this child. While the pair is concerned about the obstacles Jackson will face in the future as a little person, their focus was far more on delivering him safely and raising a happy little boy. We still don't know how Tori delivered Jackson -- but now that he's here and mom and baby are doing just fine, it doesn't really matter.

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It puts all of parenting's challenges into perspective and proves the newest Roloff is very lucky to call these two mom and dad.

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