Woman Gives Birth to 16-Pound Baby


16-pound-babyThis bundle of joy must be bringing an extra helping of happiness: a couple in Texas are the proud parents of 16-pound, 1-ounce, 2-foot-long JaMichael Brown.

At 9:05 Friday morning, Janet Johnson and Michael Brown welcomed their son at Longview’s Good Shepherd Medical Center. JaMichael, who was quickly nicknamed “the Moose,” is the largest child ever born in the hospital-and possibly the state.

So exactly how big is a 16-pound baby? Let’s put it this way: The average newborn is about seven-and-a-half pounds. The Brown baby’s weight is just about equivalent to that of a six-month-old.

In a video for the “Today” show, JaMichael’s parents said they had been told by doctors to expect a big baby, maybe 12 or 13 pounds, before the scheduled Cesarean birth. The 39-year-old mother suffered from gestational diabestes, which can result in or indicate bigger birth weights. Exactly how much bigger was the huge surprise.

As large as JaMichael is, there have been heftier newborns. The heaviest baby, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, was born in Ohio in 1879 and weighed 23 pounds, 12 ounces.

More recently, a newborn nicknamed “giant baby” (born 2005 in Brazil) weighed in at 17 pounds. (The baby was delivered by C-section to the 38-year-old mother, who was also diabetic.)

But a bruiser of a baby born in Indonesia in 2009 tipped the scales at 19.2 pounds-setting a record for the country and capturing global attention on the Web.

{Yahoo News/Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. This is abnormal – an obese society literally giving birth to gigantic children at great risk. Gestational diabetes is no joke.

  2. as soon as I read it, I thought it was probably diabetes, and as I read on, I was proven correct.

    Whenever someone has an unusual baby size, the first thing the doctors detect is diabetes. It’s a good thing to keep in mind.
    It’s no joke!

  3. #5:
    Gestational diabetes is no joke; however it is in no way limited to mothers suffering from obesity.

    I know of a number of mothers who are very thing and suffer chronically from gestational diabetes.

    I myself am, however, overweight and I’ve had babies who have weighed over 10 pounds – and I’ve never suffered from gestational diabetes.

    Lesson is – all expecting mothers need to be on the lookout for gestational diabetes, regardless of their weight. And of course, women who find they are expecting larger babies than usual need to be even more careful.

  4. “the pic is not tznius, and doesnt belong on matzav”

    If you have a problem by the picture of a diapered new-born child then you have very serious personal problems.

    Go see a shrink now.