DES MOINES, IA (CNN) -- A woman in Iowa is getting lots of attention. She gave birth to a baby boy that could be the largest child ever delivered naturally at the state's busiest birthing unit.
The 5,000 or so infants who arrive at Mercy Hospital each year are precious and special, but woah, baby! This one is a big deal.
Like most second children, Asher's delivery is compared to the first child. Judah weighed in at a whopping twelve pounds, but Asher looked smaller on the ultrasound, and he took just over six-hours of pushing. Mother Kendall Stweardson says, "And when he came out we all thought he was smaller and then we put him on the scale, we were very surprised, but he`s three inches longer."
Twenty-three and a half inches, total. But the weight that's what really got the nurses talking. Thirteen pounds, twelve ounces. What's more amazing is that Asher is au natrualle meaning no surgery. And no drugs for Joshua's wife, not even an epidural during delivery. Nurse Jennifer says, "Whenever anybody hears about it, they`re like oh my word! And she`s kind of a hero."
Natural delivery carries risks for the mother, but Kendall took it in stride. There are risks to a baby born nine days past due, and at such a large size. Father Joshua says, "So, everyone like double takes when they see him, but for us it`s pretty standard and it wasn`t much worse than probably most people`s. Yeah. And just to have two that had absolutely no issues, we`re definitely very blessed that way."