Woman Gives Birth to Nearly 14 Pound Baby...With No Epidural!

Health & Wellness on 02.01.12
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In light of my post last week on whether or not women should have epidurals and my argument that women are meant to be able to withstand the pain of childbirth, I just had to share this story about Kendall Stewardson, a mother in Des Moines, Iowa who gave birth last Thursday to a baby boy that weighed in at 13 pounds 13 ounces and was 23 1/2 inches long with no epidural. And this was not the first time that she had given birth to a large baby. The baby's older brother entered the world at 12 pounds 1 ounce just over a year ago. I thought I gave birth to large babies with no epidurals, but mine don't even compare!

When my daughter was born at 10 pounds 3 1/2 ounces, the doctor said to me, "This is the 'newborn' baby you see in the movies that's actually three months old." She was also relatively long at 21 inches. I went in for induction when I was a week overdue because I knew that 10 pound babies (including myself, my brother, and several cousins) ran in the family and I didn't see any point in letting her stay in there to just get bigger considering I wanted to try to deliver naturally and really didn't want to have a C-section. I remember while pushing telling the doctor that I didn't think I was going to be able to get her out. It wasn't the pain that was the problem. I literally didn't think she was going to fit through the birth canal. But she did. However I can't even imagine what it would be like if she were three plus pounds heavier and 2 1/2 inches longer.

Stewardson was in labor for six hours and was committed to going through it without an epidural as she didn't believe it would be good for her baby. And she did it. I want to say that I'm not sure I could have done the same, but again, I am reminded that the human body is an amazing thing and women are meant to be able to withstand the pain of child birth. Stewardson did what was right for her, and she and her son Asher (the projected top boys name in 2012) are both healthy.

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