On Friday a California woman gave birth to a baby that weighed in close to 14 pounds. Medical staff at the Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside said they couldn't remember delivering a larger baby.
Cynthia Sigler reportedly knew for months her baby would be a boy. What she didn't know was that he'd be born at an astonishing 13-pounds, 14-ounces. His length is 21 inches long.
After the birth Sigler said she realized why she was so uncomfortable and why she hadn't been able to breathe during her pregnancy. The North County Times reported she asked her doctor, "How'd he fit?"
"When I saw how big he is, I understood why I was in so much pain," Sigler said. She knew her baby would be larger than average, but was told her baby would weigh about 11 pounds.
Baby Jayden was born at 10:44 a.m. on Friday after mom underwent a cesarean section. He is twice the size of an average newborn's weight which ranges about 6-8 pounds.
Due to low blood sugar levels, Jayden spent some time in the Tri-City Medical Center's neonatal intensive care unit. However, media reports say the baby is doing well and will likely go home when mom is discharged, which could be as early as Sunday.
U-T San Diego reported Sigler's obstetrician, Dr. Jerald White, said, He’s the largest baby I’ve ever delivered." Dr. White noted he'd delivered over 20,000 babies since he began his career in the early 1960s.
Jayden's older sister, Jailyn, was reported to have been born at 7 pounds, 2 ounces. Two-year-old Jailyn will meet her baby brother soon.
Sounds like no newborn hand-me-downs for Jayden. Sigler noted her sister took back the newborn sized clothes and she'll be looking to return the 3-6 month sized clothing items as well.
“It’s exciting to deliver a baby that big,” White said. “But I’m just very happy the baby is healthy and doing well. That’s what’s important.”
According to the Guinness Book of Records, the largest baby ever born was 23 pounds, 12 ounces in Canada in 1879. Sadly the baby died within 24-hours of birth. The largest surviving birth was 22 pounds, 8 ounces and was born in Italy in 1955, noted Guinness.