14-Pound Baby: Utah Woman Gives Birth To Giant BabyBy: Tobias Roth - November 1, 2013
A 14-pound baby has been making headlines recently in Utah, after being born months earlier to his parents Sarah and Joel Brandon.
The baby, Joel Brandon Jr. or J.J., was born in May, and the Brandon parents were totally shocked when he was born, especially since her ultrasound estimated his weight at about 11 pounds.
It is certainly no common occurrence for a baby to be this big, and this baby may be the heaviest baby that has been born in the US in the past year. Another odd thing about the situation is that Brandon had previously had twin girls, who were on the opposite end of size spectrum, weighing only 4 pounds each.
She said that her 14-pound baby jumped right into size 2 diapers, and is wearing the same size as his 2-year-old sisters. People that do not know them of course never believe his age either, due to his abnormal size.
After the delivery of her twins, she was certainly not expecting this. After her big 14-pound baby was born, she was as surprised as anyone would be, and said “When he came out and they put him on the scale and it said 14 pounds even, I was very shocked, to say the least.” The doctor that did the delivery also mentioned that it was the biggest baby that he had ever delivered.
She also noted that they needed 2 obstetricians deliver him because they knew he was going to big, although they had no idea how big. They struggled to get him out, and J.J. spent the first 10 days of his life in the neonatal intensive care unit because of lung problems, but has done well at home since leaving the hospital.
In case you are wondering just how rare it is for J.J. to be born as a 14-pound baby, Dr. Robert Barbieri mentioned that “approximately one out of 1,000 babies could weigh 11-pounds, and one out of every 100,000 could weigh 14 pounds.” It is very rare for a baby to be this big, because usually a doctor will induce labor if the baby appears to be oversize.
J.J., the 14-pound baby was born on May 9, at the Timpanogos Regional Hospital in Orem. He weighed in at 23 pounds for his four month checkup.