16 pound baby born at Good Shepherd said to be hospital's biggest ever

LONGVIEW (KYTX) -- A 16 pound baby born this morning in Longview holds the new hospital record. JaMichael Brown is more than twice the weight of the average baby ... which is about seven pounds. CBS 19'S Monique Bird went by the hospital to check on the mom and baby.

Janet Johnson of Longview is the proud mother of one of the biggest babies ever born in Texas. JaMichael Brown was born Friday morning at Good Shepherd Medical Center.

"When they pulled the baby out, they could tell that he was huge," says Janet. "And then they weighed him."

Weeks ago, doctors told Janet and her Fiance Michael Brown their son would weigh 12 or 13 pounds at birth.

So for their baby shower ...

"I just said we were expecting a big baby," says Janet. "To not get any newborn stuff."

But preparing for a thirteen pound baby wasn't enough. JaMichael came out weighing 16 pounds, one ounce and he's two feet long.

"First thing I asked - was he okay," says Janet. "They said yes."

Nurse Mary Beth Smith was in the delivery room during Janet's C-section. In 20 years as a nurse ...

"This is the biggest baby I have ever seen," says Mary Beth.

Janet was diagnosed with gestational diabetes during her pregnancy, which may have contributed to JaMichael's size.

"It's a beautiful baby," says Mary Beth. "But for health reasons. We'd rather not see a baby this large ... They can have a little harder time maintaining their blood sugar."

Doctors placed baby JaMichael in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

"He's getting fed through a feeding tube and their checking his blood sugar," says Janet.

But Janet expects her baby to be just fine. And she can't wait to give her big boy a lot of love.

In Longview - Gregg County, Monique Bird, KYTX CBS 19 News.

Those at the hospital aren't sure if this is a state record -- although they can't find proof of a bigger baby born in Texas. The world's record is 23 pounds and 12 ounces.


Janet Johnson and Michael Brown were told their son would be a big baby before he was born -- perhaps 12 or 13 pounds.

JaMichael Brown, born at 9:00 am Friday morning at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview, outweighed those predictions, coming in at a whopping 16 pounds, 1 ounce, and 24 inches long. The average newborn baby's weight is about 7 and 1/2 pounds.

Doctors at the hospital say the baby may have been bigger because his mother had gestational diabetes. JaMichael is now in the NICU.

Good Shepherd says this is the biggest baby born at the hospital.

Mom and Dad say they do have a few clothes they think will fit their son.


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