I like to contemplate possibly giving birth without an epidural. I don’t know if I can do it and sometimes I don’t even think I want to do it. Especially if I end up cooking a twelve pounder, like Erin Kellam of Ontario.
Yep. She gave vaginal birth and everything. 11 pounds 11 ounces, to be exact – but that’s pretty much 12 pounds, folks.
As The Record reports, Kellam was just 128 pounds before pregnancy. It just goes to show how amazing the female body is. 12 pounds! That’s almost double the size of the average baby. Kellam needed stitches and a blood transfusion, but is home now and is recovering well.
The size of the baby, named Elijah, comes as somewhat of a relief to his admittedly clumsy pop, Wes Clark, who says he’s “relieved that he was big,” adding, “I’m a little clumsy, so I’m a little nervous when it comes to smaller babies. He’s nice and big and strong already.”
The hospital thinks Elijah Andrew Clark is the largest baby born there, but not the largest in the city of Hamilton, Ontario, where he was born. A larger baby was apparently born vaginally at McMaster University Medical Centre, though the baby’s exact weight wasn’t reported.
Society seems to continually be shocked by these big babies, but the miracle of life and the woman’s body shouldn’t exactly come as a surprise. As Michele Zipp over at The Stir says, “jaws dropped over a 16 pound baby delivered via c-section; and again over a 13 pound baby born vaginally. Many couldn’t believe an 11 pound 2 ounce baby could be born at home. These women and babies sure prove that it can be done. It’s stories like these that every pregnant woman should read and realize that women have been birthing babies of all sizes since the start of (wo)mankind. And birth is nothing to fear. A large baby is nothing to fear.”