She was two weeks overdue, but there were no signs that Jade Packer’s baby was going to be anything but a normal, healthy baby.
So the 21-year-old got a shock when she gave birth to a 7kg (15 pounds 7 ounces) baby boy.
“It was a massive shock for everyone,” Jade said. “No one had any idea he would be this big.”
The vaginal birth wasn’t without its drama. After Jade had laboured for 16 hours, using gas and epidural for pain relief, the baby’s head emerged – but then his shoulders got stuck.
“That’s when everything kicked off,” the mum from Cheltenham, in the UK, told the BBC.
“There were about 20 doctors in the room and that is when it got really scary.”
Stuck for up to 10 minutes without enough oxygen, doctors gave the baby, who was later named George, only a 10 per cent chance of survival.
Amazingly, once he was out, George started to recover. He spent a few weeks in the neonatal unit, but now shows no signs of lasting damage as a result of his rocky start to life.
At the age of six weeks, baby George is now 66cm long and weighs 7.7kg.
“He is a little miracle – well, a big miracle actually!” Jade said. “It makes it even more special to have him home now after all he’s been through.”
Jade, who is 170cm tall, said she has been put off having another baby in case it turns out to be as big as George.
Her partner, Ryan King, who is 188cm, is just happy to have Jade and George safe and healthy.
“We are getting used to family life together. Everyone has said his size will level out and he will grow at a normal rate.”
Other heavy babies
- A woman named Francisca Ramos dos Santos gave birth by caesarean to a 7.57kg son in Brazil in 2005.
- Anna Bates, a Canadian woman who was 2.27m tall, gave birth to a boy who weighed 10.8kg and was 76cm long in Ohio in 1879.
- In February 2013, a Queensland woman named Patricia Stock gave birth to her 6.76kg son named Oliver.