Iowa woman births 14-pound baby without painkillers

Asher Stewardson was born Jan. 26, 2012, weighing 13 pounds, 13 ounces. He measured 23 1/2 inches. He is believed to be the biggest baby ever born at Mercy Hospital without a surgical delivery. (AP Photo/The Des Moines Register, Todd Erzen) AP

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Asher Stewardson was born Jan. 26, 2012, weighing 13 pounds, 13 ounces, measuring 23.5 inches.
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(CBS/AP) Kendall Stewardson gave birth to a baby boy, Asher, last Thursday without any surgery or pain medication. An impressive feat considering Asher entered the world at 13 pounds and 13 ounces.

Asher was born Thursday at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, measuring 23 1/2 inches long. Fifteen months ago, his "big" brother, Judah, arrived weighing 12 pounds and an ounce at birth.

Mercy officials say only a tenth of 1 percent of all newborns weigh more than 11 pounds at birth.

Kendall endured six hours of labor without an epidural injection. She says she and her husband, Joshua, wanted to avoid cesarean delivery because that wouldn't have been good for her or Asher.

Asher's a bit of a lightweight compared to another big baby who made headlines, JaMichael Brown, who weighed 16 pounds and one ounce at birth, HealthPop reported.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the biggest newborn baby ever was born to Anna Bates of Canada in 1879, who weighed a whopping 23 pounds, 12 ounces, but died 11 hours later.

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