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15 pound baby California birth: Mom delivers third plus-sized infant

A 15 pound baby California story tops the week's buzz. Andrew Jacob Cervantez, born to a petite mom days ago, is not the heaviest or largest baby in the world, but it is a record holder for the state. Vanessa Cervantez is no stranger to plus-sized babies. She delivered two 10 pound infants in the past via C-section, according to a Jan. 20 eCanada news report. And no, this one did not break a record in the Guinness Book.

A nurse carries a newborn baby of quadruplets out of the surgery at Tongji Hospital June 28, 2007 in Wuhan of Hubei Province, China.
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Watch video above of "15-pound baby delivered naturally"

The 15 pound California baby was delivered via cesarean-section at Desert Valley Hospital in Victorville to a woman who only stands 5-foot-1. Sources say the infant is the largest born in the United States to-date.

In the past, the mom delivered two other children: 10 pounds 10 ounces and 9 pounds 14 ounces. However, she was not prepared for the news from her doctor of an even larger baby.

I couldn't even believe it. They had to double check because I didn't believe them; I thought the machine was broken. None of the doctors have ever delivered or heard of a baby being born that big here," said the proud, but shocked mother of the 15 pound baby born in California.

It was all a surprise; Cervantez learned about the size of the baby growing in her womb at a routine visit when she was 38 weeks along in her pregnancy. There, doctors observed decreased activity from the fetus, which prompted them to do an emergency C-section.

Unconfirmed sources say the infant had to be flown to another facility that was better equipped due to breathing complications that set in.

A full-term pregnancy is better for the baby and mother when the child has a gestation period between 39 and weeks, according to WebMD.

"A truly elective delivery should wait until at least 39 weeks," says study researcher Uma M. Reddy, MD, MPH of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development in Bethesda, Md.

A 15-pound baby in California sounds like a lot, but it is far from the mother of all plump babies born.

According to the Guinness World Records, the biggest baby in the world ever to be born was Ann Bates of Canada in 1879. She tipped the scales at 23 pounds and 12 ounces.

Imagine that?


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