11 pounds 8 ounces!!

Remember this disclaimer of my telling birth stories.

**WARNING: The following pictures are VERY graphic pictures of a baby being born! They are between the legs, nothing censored! :WARNING**

These pictures were given to me by the amazing mother so that I could share them with you. While I am keeping her anonymous, it’s impossible to keep her ENTIRELY anonymous since it’s really not that often that someone gives birth to an 11 pound 8 ounce baby – so simply saying that this is the birth of an eleven and a half pound baby is going to cause snickers and whispers of, “I know who that is!”

But I know that she is aware of them…and yet is still generous enough to allow these pictures to be shown publicly.

Her ‘story’ is actually pretty unremarkable and not much to be shared about it. This was mom’s 4th baby and all of her babies have been born at home! She labored after her water broke, began pushing in her own time, and gave birth on her bed in the side lying position to a gorgeous baby boy!

The only thing really remarkable about this birth…
1. even though she had a hind-leak (was leaking amniotic fluid), the baby’s head was born “in the caul”, meaning with membranes still encasing it.
2. the baby was 11.5 pounds!
3. Mom didn’t tear even a little bit

So here are her pictures….

Baby is crowning!! You can see the "bubble" of the amniotic sac still covering the head - that big white 'chunk' towards mom's front is a chunk of vernix - baby's natural lotion

Hands off! Mom's doula helps her with her leg...but other than that, nobody touches mom or baby!

and here comes the head!! I placed a chux pad over dad's lap so he doesn't get drenched in amniotic fluid. I still have not touched mom at all....

Head and anterior shoulder is out and I have my hands ready to help catch as dad is having trouble getting into position. You can see the umbilical cord wrapped loosely around.

What a cute baby boy!!! He doesn't look brand spankin' new, does he!


  1. Kewal wrote:

    SUPER fantastic pictures! Thanks to the mom for sharing these. Just beautiful, beautiful.

    Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Permalink
  2. Mamapem wrote:

    Thank you so much for sharing this awesome birth!

    Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Permalink
  3. Lindy wrote:

    OMG that is AWESOME!!!

    Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Permalink
  4. Renee K. wrote:


    Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Permalink
  5. Sheridan wrote:

    AWESOME! I love it. What a great example of how big babies are not something that needs to be feared.

    Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Permalink
  6. Tangie wrote:

    Wow once again so encouraging!

    Sunday, June 6, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Permalink
  7. Tracy wrote:

    Awesome story in pictures – thanks to everyone for sharing!

    Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 8:20 am | Permalink
  8. Guggie Daly wrote:

    Beautiful birth! Interesting position that I will save for the future!

    Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Permalink
  9. Wendy wrote:

    Great photos and synopsis. I think that the “warning” is unnecessary though – perhaps it would be better to just state “graphic birth photos”?

    Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Permalink
  10. Alison Murphy wrote:

    So perfect except- Next time maybe- take control for dad so he can catch. Be assertive. Only one chance! I personally have photos of my first birth with my husbands hands right there in the frame- and our midwives gloved hands catching our baby. I would rather have seen her hands on his hands pushing them to my vagina than her catching my baby. What a downer.

    Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Permalink
  11. elfanie wrote:

    Dad did catch…he didn’t think he could, but he released mom’s leg and caught his baby.

    Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Permalink
  12. Jennifer wrote:

    This sounds really similar to my last birth. My son was my third birth, I gave birth to him in the side-laying position, he was 11lbs 7oz, and I also had no tears (I did for my first two… First was a hospital birth with episiotomy and severe tearing, second was a freestanding birth center birth with minimal tearing).

    Very cool! I love those big babies! πŸ™‚

    Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Permalink
  13. AMBRA wrote:

    Thanks to Mom for sharing these beautiful pictures. What a gorgeous, healthy looking baby!

    Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Permalink
  14. Jackie wrote:

    Awesome! Thank you (and you, Mama!) for this.

    My son was a 9 lb. 7 oz. 36-weeker, so those photos could easily have been mine! (Like this mama, we had no GD, but due to severe pre-e and my kidneys failing, needed to induce. We were estimating anywhere between 11 and 13 lbs. :))

    Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Permalink
  15. Danialle wrote:

    Wow! Thank you so much for these pictures! My daughter was born partially in her waters and I wish I could have seen it! I cant believe she didnt tear at all! I had labial tears with both my hb water babies!

    Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Permalink
  16. Heather wrote:

    wow.. that just shocks me.. i pushed 2 hrs with my 1st born who was 9lbs 7 oz.. it end in c-section.. my ob told me i could NEVER push out a baby bigger then 6 lbs.. well on 4-12-10 i pushed out a 7lbs 15oz baby girl

    our bodys are great and this woman shows that if we just let our bodies do its thing.. it knows what to do.. we just HAVE to listen..

    such a wonderful baby.. and 11lbs WOW.. my daughter was 11 lbs 4oz at her 1 month check up.. and i though 9lbs 7oz was big

    congrats mama!!

    Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Permalink
  17. susan wrote:

    my 4th baby, 3rd VBAC at home was also born in the caul..but he was 9 lb 6 oz not 11! πŸ™‚

    Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Permalink
  18. Debbie Gillespie wrote:

    You forgot to mention that this amazing mama’s last baby was 12# 10oz, also born at home.

    Monday, June 21, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Permalink
  19. Sangee wrote:

    Just marvellous!
    The last line was hilarious..Not being brand new πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ The baby looks cute.

    Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 12:05 am | Permalink
  20. Nene wrote:

    Thanks! This will certainly give me the motivation I need to get through the delivery of my third child who is suspected to be a big baby. My first was over 8lbs and my second was over 9 Ibs they both were delivered vaginally.

    Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Permalink
  21. Marie wrote:

    This is beautiful to see birthing a baby .that is magic. thank to you mother.

    Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Permalink
  22. Lucy Kamiri wrote:

    thanks so much for the pictures, i get the courage to give birth to mine vaginally yet i have been warned he is big

    Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 10:42 am | Permalink

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