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Jenna is a birth doula at FOOTPRINTS & RAINBOWS Birth Doula Services and mother of 3 children.
The medical definition of a ‘large baby’ is a baby who has macrosomia, otherwise known as a baby who is above 4.5kg in weight at birth, or above 10pd if you don’t follow the metric system. A baby who is 8-9pd/3.65-4kg is not a ‘large’ baby, and is only on the higher end of the ‘normal’ birth weight range for babies (75th-95th percentile on the baby weight charts). In today’s modern highly medical society many women are being told that a “big” baby will die or be seriously injured if they go to term and birth their baby vaginally, some are even told that they will die or be seriously injured as well if they birth a large baby vaginally. These women are being told that there are no if’s, buts’ or maybe’s and that these things WILL happen if they attempt a vaginal birth at term or just by attempting a vaginal birth in the first place. But the truth is that regardless of how big or small your baby is the majority of the risks apply to everyone, and those risks are still very small when you put them into perspective.