Iowa Woman Gives Birth to 13-Pound Baby Without Epidural

Forgoing both epidural anesthesia and a Cesarean section, Kendall Stewardson gave birth to 13-Lb 12-oz son Asher last week, according to news reports, setting a record for the hospital where the birth took place, but not for the state of Iowa, where a 14 Lbs., 13 oz. baby was born in 1980.

Des Moines news reports:

Baby Asher was born healthy and 9 days late. He was 23.5 inches long. His family has a history of big babies. Asher's big brother Judah weighed 12 lbs., 1 oz. when he was born.

Both Stweardson and her husband Joshua were born weighing more than 10 Lbs.Kendall said she had no relevant medical conditions during her pregnancy. Often large babies can be traced back to gestational diabetes.

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