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a friend of mine was planning her second homebirth......ended up delivering via C/S in the hospital.....not sure if they even did a trial of labor or just ended up going straight to the c/s. her dh emailed us the birth announcement and just stated in the email that they decided on the c/s due to the baby's size - 9 lbs 4 oz. just curious.....is it possible to deliver at home with a bigger baby? i'm really interested in homebirth for my next child and i was surprised to hear that they ended up doing a c/s for this reason.
 

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My girls were 9.5lbs and 9lbs. The 9.5lber was born naturally at a birth center and the 9lber was born at home. It is totally possible!
 

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it's completely possible.<br><br>
my sister has had a 10 lb baby come out completely naturally, vaginally in a hospital ~ and if it can happen there, it can happen better at home. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Ds was 9 lbs and 2 oz at birth and my MW said that with the shape of my pelvis i could have easly delivered a 11+ lb baby. so yup...that is the "reason" given for c-sections that makes me the most angry...to me the idea that so many women would routinely grow babies bigger than their bodies could safely deliver just seems silly
 

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My homebirthed baby was 9lb 2oz - no problems.<br><br>
When I was researching homebirths and reading a lot of birth stories I remember being struck by all the BIG babies born at home. Really... most of them were well over 8lbs... and many were 10, 11 or even 12 lbs!
 

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Yes it is very possible.<br><br>
Happens all of the time.<br><br>
Frank Sinatra was born at home in 1917 and he was fifteen pounds; he was delivered by a midwife who put him under cold water to get him breathing. He and his mother lived a very long time after his birth as you may already know.<br><br><br>
Later in life, his mother developed diabetes which was a contributing factor to her death (in a plane crash?!) He was also an only child, an anomaly in Catholic Italian families at the time.
 

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Absolutely! DS#1 was 8#12oz. born at the hospital. No complications, but one small tear that required a stitch.<br><br>
DS#2 was 9#10 oz. and born at home. No complications and no significant tearing (skid marks, but no stitches needed). And I was up and around in half the time at home.<br><br>
"Big" baby is one of the more idiotic reasons given for c/s.
 

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thanks for the responses so far.....this is what totally confuses me....the couple that had the c/s is 'really' into homebirth and the MW that was to deliver them at home is AWESOME! this is why i was surprised to hear they ended up with a c/s and even more surprised to hear that this was the reason. i really have a hard time thinking that either the couple or the MW would have 'desired' a c/s for this reason. hmmm......
 

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My first son was born at home, and he was almost 12 pounds.<br><br>
He had true shoulder dystocia, and then his chest got stuck, so I am grateful that I had a skilled midwife! She used some of Ina May Gaskin's methods and ds and I were both fine.<br><br>
My other two sons were 10.5 pounds each, born very easily with not even a tear.
 

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HA!<br><br>
Thats funny........I just delivered a 9lb 4oz baby at home last week!!!!!<br><br>
So.......uhm........yeah, it's possible. :)<br><br>
Both my kids were over 9lbs and I'll tell ya, I don't have anything smaller to compare it to, but I had no issues and pushing em out wasn't hard for me. I assume I could handle an even bigger baby. My midwives also felt like maybe my son that I just had might be over 10lbs and they weren't really concerned with that, either. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I cannot stand the way women are told that they had a c-section because of a "big" baby. That probably was not the case - what could have been the case is a "failure" to progress after an induction or trying to increase labor or baby was in a bad position (posterior, asynclitic, etc.) and it didn't dilate the cervix fast enough.<br><br>
It is VERY VERY rare to have a baby not fit through the pelvis. You're more likely to have a car accident on the way to the hospital. Seriously.<br><br>
That said, last year in my practice there was a 13lb 6oz baby, a 13lb baby and an 11lb 9oz baby - all born at home.
 

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Yep - 8lb 8oz first time & 9lb 8oz second time. I tell you what - baby #2 was much easier than the smaller baby. Both were born at home and #2 (aka Allie) was unassisted.
 

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I'm sure by now you can tell, but, yes! It's very possible. My babes were both 8 lb 8 oz, which is much bigger than my mom and I were expecting, but not really all that big...But my sister in law is another story.<br><br>
First off, let me say that SHE was delivered by c/s because after x-rays the dr decided that mother in law had cpd and would not be able to deliver vaginally (ended up having 4 c/s). Sister in law is built JUST like her mom, and has a dh with a much bigger head than my father in law! Both sil and mil are about 5' 3" and 115 pounds. They don't have spreading hips (unlike me! I look like I was born to have babies, hmm, that's what dh thought too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> )<br><br>
So, her first was a nine pound boy born in a military hospital and they cut her CERVIX to get him out! Idiots! Sixteen years later and she still has unresolved issues from that one.<br><br>
Four years later, next babe was a 8+ pound girl born at her midwife's house.<br><br>
Two years later, next babe was a 10 pound 8 ounce boy delivered at home in under 5 hours. I have to say she was a little sore after that one.<br><br>
Seven years later, next babe was a 9 pound 12 ounce boy delivered at our house in less than 3 hours.<br><br>
Now she's done. But I say that there is NO WAY that my mother in law had cpd, and that big babies can definitely be delivered at home, to almost any woman.<br><br>
Rochelle<br>
Mommy to Meg 5/00, Peter 6/02, #3 due 8/04
 

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i had an unmedicated vaginal birth midwife-assisted in a hospital with my first and second 9'12.5" (the nurses said an ob would have c-sectioned me) and 8'6.5" (i walked in pushing and kept hearing the nurses and docs shout out "she pushed out a 9'12" last time...just let her go"-- midwife was a little late.)<br><br>
My third was 9'8" and born at home with only a tiny tear (even with previous scar tissue. (thankfully he was 10 days early)<br><br>
However, presentation and the way the mother is coping as well as the baby's stress levels make a difference too. maybe the c-section saved a life (although there certainly are WAY too MANY bad rumors about big babies out there!)
 

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if they are estimating baby's size by touch or ultrasound i have heard they can be up to one or two pounds off-- huge difference between 7.5 and 9.5 or 9.5 and 11.5 right. the guessing is nervewracking and a crock i think. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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dang anything under 10# is considered medium in my book. But this is the midwest. we grow 'em, big here. My home birth was my biggest baby and she was 9 1/2 pounds. didn't tear, hardly pushed at all. 12 minutes. labor was a few hours. My other two were 5 1/2# and 7# the easiest was the 7 pounder. 3 minutes of hard labor, Didn't even break a sweat. In the end tey all pretty much felt the same coming out. After all unless they are all head it doesn't make a difference really a couple of extra ponds of fat here or there. fat is squishy and the least of your problems. my friends baby though had 10 inch shoulders and a 16 inch head. But she was only about 8#. like I said, squishy fat was the least of her problems.
 

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For the record, homebirth babies <i>are</i> bigger than hospital birthed babies. There is usually more health care info for the mama to grow a healthier, bigger baby and there are no (should be no) inductions. My midwife has delivered 13 lbs babies. My Aunt had all six of hers at home and they were all 9 1/2 - 12 lbs. She didn't even tear. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I think it's much safer to deliver a large baby at home than in the hospital. There you're likely to wind up with surgery.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/oops.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="oops">T<br><br>
Congratulations on your new baby boy Anothermama! That is so wonderful!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod"> Wanted to add my experience...<br><br>
ds1: 8lbs. 15oz. C-Section<br>
ds2: 8lbs. 4oz. medicated VBAC with episiotomy to "help him out"<br>
ds3: 9lbs. 14oz. homebirth--NO TEARS <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
So, my biggest baby was born at home<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Yep, it can be done <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod">
 

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Babies have only been born in hospitals the last 100 yrs or so.<br><br>
Were all the human babies born for the thousands of yrs before that small? Or did all the big ones die?<br><br>
Hmm.
 

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my 3rd was about 10 lbs, had shoulder dystocia, and was a homebirth. i truly shudder to think what would have happened if i were at a hospital.
 
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