Ascher breaks weight record
FRISCO – Newborn Dreydn Blue Ascher made a heavy impression on doctors and nurses at the Summit Birth Place.
She weighed in at 10 pounds, 6.5 ounces, breaking Summit Medical Center’s previous weight record of the heaviest baby born in Summit County – 10 pounds, 1 ounce – said Linda Millisor, a labor and delivery nurse at Summit Birth Place.
The national birth weight average is 7 pounds, 11 ounces, while the average at the Summit Birthplace is 7 pounds, 8 ounces. Staff at the medical center aren’t sure why Karla Ascher’s baby was so big, Millisor said.
Dreydn Ascher was born at 2:24 a.m. Nov. 23, the first child of Keystone residents Karla and Michael Ascher. Doctors at Summit Birth Place induced labor at 10 a.m. Nov. 22 because the baby was eight days overdue, and Karla Ascher wasn’t dilating.
“Induced labor was really hard,” Karla Ascher said. “I wanted to do natural childbirth, but that turned out to be a joke. I felt a lot of pain even after the epidural because her big head was trying to get out. Then I stopped dilating. I just think it was because my body knew that I couldn’t push her out.”
Karla Ascher labored past 1 a.m., when doctors decided to do a Caesarean section because her labor wasn’t progressing. In addition, she had developed an infection in her uterus, accompanied by a high fever.
Doctors delivered a healthy baby to the couple, but when they put her on the scale, they were a little surprised.
“(Before she was born) Dr. Gelman had guessed she would be about 8 pounds, 11 ounces, and Dr. Dulit said 7, maybe 8 pounds,” Michael Ascher said. “We’ve been vegetarians for eight years, so the doctors were surprised that she was so big. I call her our little tofu baby. The scale kept going up and up, and I wondered, “Is someone leaning on the scale?'”
Karla Ascher, a marathon runner, gained 58 pounds during her pregnancy.
Research showing the relationship between low birth weight and high elevation has been mixed. Studies in Leadville have shown no correlation between pregnancies in high elevation and low birth weight, but studies in Bolivia (at 13,000 feet) have shown babies born to nonindigenous mothers have a lower birth weight, Millisor said.
Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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