Pirate FM News

Cornwall babies are among the biggest in the country

Cornwall babies are among the biggest in the country

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:31am 14th April 2019.

Babies born in Cornwall are among the biggest in the country, according to new figures.

There were 3,720 babies born and weighed at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust in the 12 months to March 2018, according to NHS Digital data.

Of these, 13%, or 470 babies, tipped the scales at 4kg or more - the equivalent of 8lb 13oz.

The Royal College of Midwives says this is the benchmark for a baby to be considered large - the medical term for which is macrosomia.

The super-size cohort at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust places it in the top 25% of NHS trusts for heavy babies.

Unusually large babies can cause difficulties during labour and delivery, according to the RCM.

"This could include a higher risk of shoulder dystocia, when the shoulders get stuck and impacted by the woman’s pelvis, which can require some maneuvering to help the baby out.

"There is a risk of injury with these deliveries, but it is a very small risk."

RCM professional policy advisor, Clare Livingstone

Women with significantly large babies are also more likely to need a caesarian section.

Almost 60,000 babies born across England during the same period weighed in at 4kg or over - 11% of the total.

The highest proportion of big babies were born at the Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust in North Yorkshire, where 16% of babies weighed at least 4kg.

Barts Health NHS Trust in London had the smallest proportion, with just 7%.

Obese mothers – those with a Body Mass Index of 30 or over – are twice as likely to have a baby weighing at least 4kg, according to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

"There are a number of factors that may increase the risk of a baby being born larger than average.

"These include a woman with a history of having large babies, going past her due date, being overweight or obese before or during pregnancy, and certain medical conditions, such as diabetes.

"Women are encouraged to eat healthily and exercise before conception and during pregnancy."

Patrick O’Brien, consultant obstetrician and RCOG spokesman

Babies born at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust most commonly weighed between 3000g and 3499g (6lb 10oz - 7lb 11oz).

More than a third of babies fell into this category.

Contact Us

If you would like to submit a query or provide more information on this story please get in touch below.

Please wait...
  • Up to 3 JPG or PNG images, 2MB max size
  • We will always endeavour to credit you when we publish your pictures.
  • By uploading you are agreeing to this non-exclusive reuse, royalty-free, across all Pirate FM platforms, which extends to our partner broadcasters.
  • You retain copyright to all images.
  • If you would like to send us a video, please upload to YouTube or similar and paste the video URL into the message above.
Email Icon

Sign up for exclusive news, competitions and offers.
Proper Local News updates from Pirate FM

Pirate Extra Pirate 70s Escape LoveCornwall