Did a 600-Pound Woman Give Birth to a 40-Pound Baby?

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Australia: 600-Pound Woman Gives Birth to 40-Pound Baby
Viral "news article" claims a 600-pound woman in Australia gave birth to a 40-pound baby. Check your sources, people!. Facebook.com

Description: Fake news / Satire
Circulating since: Jan. 2015
Status: False (details below)

Example:
Via World News Daily Report, January 14, 2015:

Australia: 600-Pound Woman Gives Birth to 40-Pound Baby

Perth | A 600-pound woman has given birth to a 40-pound baby at Perth’s King Edward Memorial Hospital, a record breaking weight that could possibly make the newborn the largest baby ever born, reports the Western Australian Herald this morning.

The baby of gigantic size surprised doctors and staff members who were not fully prepared for such an event but miraculously managed to give birth to the 40-pound (18 kilos) baby who remains in a healthy state, has confirmed a hospital spokesman.

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Analysis: First things first. This story originated on a satirical website called World News Daily Report. Like everything else on the site, it's BS, not meant to be taken seriously.

One dead giveaway is the attribution of the report to a newspaper called the "Western Australian Herald." No such newspaper exists. Moreover, no actual Australian newspapers have published such an item. Not one.

During the process of fact-checking these claims I did run across one other story about a morbidly obese woman giving birth to an impossibly large baby. Written in much the same spirit as the spoof above, it was printed more than 10 years ago in the infamous supermarket tabloid, the Weekly World News.

Here's an excerpt for your enjoyment:

Porky plus-size supermodel Catherine Bergley tips the scales at a staggering 500 pounds -- and the mammoth mom just gave birth to a 40-pound baby, setting a new world record!

Humungous Elvis Bergley, delivered by C-section at 7:32 a.m. on Sept. 14, bounced into the world already weighing more than an average 4-year-old boy, say astonished doctors in Wellington, New Zealand.

"Elvis' birth weight is about six times that of the average newborn," declares Dr. Henry Cleric, the obstetrician who delivered the titanic tyke.

"He'd dwarf a polar bear cub and give a newborn elephant a run for its money."

No woman has given birth to a 40-pound baby. Ever.

The reality is that no 40-pound human birth, or anything close to it, has ever been recorded. The world record for heaviest birth is held by a 22-pound infant (known only as "Babe" because he died 11 hours after delivery) born to giantess Anna Haining Bates on January 19, 1879. One needn't be a giant to give birth to a giant baby, however. The record for the heaviest surviving birth was set by a 22-pound baby boy born to Carmelina Fedele of Aversa, Italy in 1955.

According to About.com pediatrics expert Dr. Vincent Iannelli, the average weight of infants born in the U.S. is 7 lbs., 7.5 oz. Any birth weight between 5 lbs., 8 oz. and 8 lbs., 13 oz. is considered normal.

A birth weight of 40 lbs. is pure science fiction.

Previously from World News Daily Report:
• Ruins of Ancient City Discovered in Australian Desert
Japanese Whaling Crew Eaten Alive by Killer Whales
China: Miner Found Alive After 17 Years Underground

Sources and further reading:

Australia: 600-Pound Woman Gives Birth to 40-Pound Baby
World News Daily Report (satire website), 14 January 2015

500-Lb. Model Gives Birth to 40-Lb. Baby!
Weekly World News (tabloid newspaper), 11 October 2004

World Record for Heaviest Birth
Guinness World Records website

The Late, Great Weekly World News
Time, 30 August 2007