5 The Fifteen Pounder
In late July, the largest German baby on record was delivered at a hospital in Leipzig. Little (and we use that word lightly) Jasleen weighed in at a staggering 13.47 pounds. Even more amazing is the fact that Jasleen is not the largest newborn of the year! A British child named George King entered the world earlier on in 2013 weighing a whopping 15 pounds, 7 ounces! That is nearly twice what the average newborn weighs!
4 The Smallest Survivor
The smallest baby ever born that went on to survive and thrive weighed in at barely 9.2 ounces. Pick up a can of soda, dump a quarter of it out, and then you’ll be holding the same weight at which little Rumaisa Rahman entered the world. She had only been in utero for 26 weeks, and her survival was a medical miracle, but survive she did, and today she’s a spunky elementary school student.
3 The Octomom
Before Nadya Suleman was posing naked in various smutty publications (and even appearing in an adult film or two), she was busy delivering EIGHT KIDS AT ONCE! Suleman, AKA The Octomom, holds the “distinction” of being one of only a handful of people to deliver octuplets, and the only one on record to have all her children survive. We should clarify that: all the children from that multiple birth survived, as had all six of her previous kids. And they were all born after IVF treatment. Fourteen kids, no partner, no career, occasional fraud charges… no good news here.
2 75 DAYS of Labor
For most women, a labor lasting a full 24 hours is a nightmare. Labor lasting 75 hours, or more than three days? That would be hellish! But one British woman had to essentially live in labor for more than 75 days! That’s over seven weeks, people. Joanna Krysztonek was carrying triplets when she went into labor at just 21 weeks (40 weeks is full term, FYI). Sadly, she lost one of her unborn children, but doctors were able to arrest the labor process through medical intervention, saving the other two kids until they were big enough to be delivered. To top it off, part of this process involved the having the saintly woman spend all those weeks inverted, almost totally upside down.
1 The Biggest Baby Ever
So far as we know, the largest baby ever delivered weighed in at well over twenty three pounds. That is, to be clear, three times heavier than most newborns, and more weight than most people use for bicep curls. In fact, many children do not reach that weight until they are more than 18 months old! The giant baby was born to a woman named Anna Bates back in 1879. Sadly, the baby died less than half a day after its birth, but the Bates baby has gone down in history as the largest ever.