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Newborn tops 12 pounds, delivered 4 weeks early

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:28 AM

Crista Hebel told the Traverse City Record-Eagle her “jaw dropped” Sunday when she learned her daughter Ayara was 12 pounds, 3 ounces.

The 26-year-old Traverse City woman planned for a midwife birth, but changed her mind after tests showed the baby was unusually large. Her due date was May 5, but she was delivered at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City after Hebel went into labor while being treated for dehydration.

Ayara is Crista and Thomas “Bob” Hebel’s third child. They have 14-month-old twin sons who, combined, weighed a pound less at birth than their sister.

Last month, a baby weighing nearly 14 pounds was born in California.

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