Biggest Baby Ever Born
When you become a parent, nothing is more rewarding than seeing and holding your baby for the first time. Words are not even enough to describe the feeling of joy, happiness and fulfillment, especially after 9 long months of carrying the baby inside you. Aside from the feeling of contentment, you will finally feel relieved from all the back pain and any other physical changes in your body.
More so when you are carrying a big bundle of joy. If you may think that a 9 lbs is big already, wait until you see Anna Haining Bates’ little boy who weighed 23.12 lbs upon birth. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Bates’ baby is the biggest little one ever born and recorded to date.
Quick Facts About the Mother, Anna Bates
Born as Anna Haining Swan on August 6, 1846 in Canada, Anna was a big one herself. Third among the 13 children, Anna weighed 18 pounds upon birth and grew quickly, reaching up to 7 feet and 5.5 inches tall. She married Martin Van Buren Bates on June 17, 1871 who, like Anna, also suffers from gigantism and was reported to have a height of 7 feet, 11 inches.
The Biggest Baby Ever Born
Anna gave birth to an 18 pound bundle of joy on May 19, 1872. After a few years, Anna became pregnant for the second time, this time a baby boy, and went into labor on January 15, 1879 for 36 hours. During the process, Anna’s physician, Dr. Breach, noticed the difficulty in delivering the normal way, which prompted him to use forceps in order to pull the little one out. Unfortunately, the head was too big. In order to fully assist with the delivery of the baby, a strong bandage was placed around his neck.
The little boy was born on January 19, 1879 with a whopping weight of 10.8 kilograms or 23 lbs, 12 oz and has a length of 76 centimeters or 30 inches. Considering the fact that the the little one’s parents are both ‘giants,’ it’s no wonder that Anna Bates’ baby will be born that big as well.
Unfortunately, he died after 11 hours from birth. One probable cause of death is the use of forceps and strong bandage to assist the delivery of the baby.
Other Cases of Heavy Births
Aside from Anna Bates’ baby, there are various cases involving the birth of big babies. The heaviest baby known to survive was born to Carmelina Fedele of Aversa, Italy in September 1955. According to numerous accounts, Fedele gave birth to a healthy little boy and weighed 10.2 kilograms or 22 lbs, 8 oz.
On January 18, 2005, another baby boom was reported when Francisca Ramos dos Santos of Salvador, Brazil gave birth to a little boy via Cesarean section. He weighed 7.57 kilograms or 16 lbs, 11.02 oz. Last 2011, another birth was recorded when a Texan mom gave birth to a 16 lb, 1 oz baby boy at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Texas.
So, can you imagine how difficult it is for the mother to carry such a big baby?