Woman Gives Birth to 12-Pound Baby
Aug. 01, 2003
KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) _ A 37-year-old woman gave birth to a baby boy weighing 12 pounds 5 ounces.
Matthew Joseph Potyak was born by Caesarean section at 11:10 a.m. Tuesday in Benedictine Hospital in Kingston, 50 miles south of Albany.
``When his head came out, the one doctor said, 'Oh my God, he's enormous,''' his mother, Jane McSpirit, told the Kingston Daily Freeman in Thursday editions. ``Then his hand came out, and they said, 'Look how big his hand is.' I thought he was going to jump out all by himself.''
Most newborns weigh between 7 and 9 pounds, and don't reach Matthew's birth weight until they are between 5 and 10 weeks old, said hospital spokeswoman Lucy Brandenburg.
Matthew has one older sister. McSpirit's 3-year-old daughter Samantha weighed 10 pounds 6 ounces at birth.
McSpirit and Joseph Potyak said they don't plan to have any more children.
In October 2001, then-28-year-old Amy Volke-Baldwin, of Batavia, gave birth to a baby girl weighing 14 pounds 3 ounces at Strong Memorial Hospital. She had suffered from diabetes during her pregnancy.