A couple of weeks ago, I came into a conversation, the first of which that I heard started with, “… he weighed 17 lb. at birth!” My first thought was, “Oh, it had to be a Cesarean!” But then I asked the story-teller to fill in what I had missed. The woman was referring to her mother’s second husband (who was probably born in the 1930s or 40s), who was born at home, weighing 17 pounds! The woman said that his mother had likely had gestational diabetes and nobody knew it. That is a reasonable supposition. She said that this mother felt like everything in her body was coming out, when she gave birth to him. Which also sounds like a reasonable description of such a birth! I would have loved to have heard more details if I could; but the conversation unfortunately turned immediately afterward, and I was unable to ask more. Wow.
Posted on November 16, 2009 by Kathy