Think You’re Too Small To Birth Your Baby? You Must See These Photos (NSFW)

Think You're Too Small To Birth Your Baby? You Must See These Photos (NSFW)

More than ten years ago, I came across a powerful article published by male midwife, Jerry Whiting.

It’s one of those articles which leaves a permanent memory in your mind.

The article was full of images of smaller women giving birth to average and above average sized babies.

Women and birth workers were in awe as they discovered the page, and it was enthusiastically used as a reference by many.

Sadly, the page seems to have disappeared.

But after much searching, I was able to access a cached version, which I have reproduced below. I’d hate for it to disappear without having the chance to impact many more people.

It’s so powerful for women and men to see what women’s bodies are perfectly capable of, in an era where hospital c-section rates can be as high as 50-70% in Australia and the United States.

So many factors are to blame, however two major contributors are the over-medicalised way we care for women at birth, and how women today use their bodies – we’re much more sedentary than we used to be, resulting in more difficult births.

Jerry Whiting calls himself a patero, which is Spanish for male midwife. I hope you enjoy his amazing work as much as I did. Most of these births unfortunately involve women on their backs, however there is so much encouragement to be had for women who are concerned about having small hips or a big baby.

Note: Jerry’s text has been edited for ease of reading only, no words have been changed.

Below are the home birth photo stories of 3 very small women.

Think that you are too small?

I doubt it. These very tiny women are just as well equipped as any other to deliver a normal sized baby.

Think You're Too Small To Birth Your Baby? You Must See These Photos (NSFW)

Above is a photo of Elenita and me. I delivered the small child that she is holding, and she is about 8 months with her 3rd.

Think You're Too Small To Birth Your Baby? You Must See These Photos (NSFW) Think You're Too Small To Birth Your Baby? You Must See These Photos (NSFW)

The left photo was taken about 20 minutes after my arrival.

When I arrived, Elenita was 9 centimetres dilated, and was soon pushing.

I hurriedly prepared the area for this soon to arrive baby.

The couple wanted birth photos, so I passed my camera to a neighbor lady who was my helper.

Unfortunately, my camera was out of focus, and the moment is gone.

Right, you can see how truly tiny this little mom is.

The head of her newborn is taking almost ALL of the space of her pelvis!

Think You're Too Small To Birth Your Baby? You Must See These Photos (NSFW) Think You're Too Small To Birth Your Baby? You Must See These Photos (NSFW)

Left, Elenita looks down to get a glimpse of her new little one.

Elenita has a heavy grip on my left hand as she pushes. It was quite an act to hold onto this baby with one hand, as she did not want to let go of my other hand.

Right photo is about 40 minutes later. Elenita poses with her not so little 3.40 kg (7 lb. 8 oz.) wide eyed newborn daughter.

A big baby for this small woman! I have delivered many babies for small stature moms, and they quite often have easier births then their bigger sisters. Below are 2 more.

Think You're Too Small To Birth Your Baby? You Must See These Photos (NSFW) Think You're Too Small To Birth Your Baby? You Must See These Photos (NSFW)

Above left is Guadalupe and me. Guadalupe is very small and she is normally a size 3.

This photo was taken when Guadalupe was 8 months along with her first child.

Right, Guadalupe is in labor, and has about 4 hours to go. Her husband is by her side and helps Guadalupe with her contractions.

Think You're Too Small To Birth Your Baby? You Must See These Photos (NSFW) Think You're Too Small To Birth Your Baby? You Must See These Photos (NSFW)

Left, Guadalupe has birthed the head of her first child. Look at the size of the baby’s head compared to the size of her pelvis!

Right, Guadalupe nurses her newborn 3.1kg daughter.

Guadalupe is expecting again, and will have her next child sometime in May of this year.

Guadalupe definitely wants another home birth.

 Think You're Too Small To Birth Your Baby? You Must See These Photos (NSFW) Think You're Too Small To Birth Your Baby? You Must See These Photos (NSFW)

Above left is a photo of Julia and me about a month before the birth of her third child.

When Julia is not pregnant, she is a size 3 and weighs about 85 lbs (39 kg).

I delivered her second baby about two years before this pregnancy.

Right, Julia is in labor, and this photo was taken about 2 hours before the birth.

This baby feels quite big, and Julia’s tummy is absolutely huge.

I was worried about her ability to birth this large baby.

Think You're Too Small To Birth Your Baby? You Must See These Photos (NSFW)  Think You're Too Small To Birth Your Baby? You Must See These Photos (NSFW)

Left, the birth has started.

Right, the head is out, and WOW, this IS a big baby!

Julia’s stomach is still big, even with this much of her newborn out.

Amazingly, Julia did not tear during this birth.

Think You're Too Small To Birth Your Baby? You Must See These Photos (NSFW)

A bit later, we pose together for this photo. Look at the size of Julia’s newborn daughter. She weighs 3.8 kgs. (8 lbs. 5 oz.)!

Three amazing tiny women.

On another page (which does seem to be working) on Jerry’s website, there’s another story which is pretty amazing. It’s Elvira’s first homebirth. Jerry says, “I would judge her height at 4’3″ to 4’4″. She is probably the smallest human being that you will ever see photos of giving birth!”

I’ve included it below.

Think You're Too Small To Birth Your Baby? You Must See These Photos (NSFW)

Above is Elvira, 26, EDD 12/06/05. Elvira was my patient for her first pregnancy, but chickened out at the last moment and had her first child in the hospital. Elvira had her second child in another hospital, but she said none of her hospital experiences were nice, so she is ready for a home birth.

On a Wednesday morning, Elvira called me, saying that she was having pains.

Elvira is positively the smallest women that I have ever seen. Below is Elvira’s birth story.

Think You're Too Small To Birth Your Baby? You Must See These Photos (NSFW) Think You're Too Small To Birth Your Baby? You Must See These Photos (NSFW)

Left, Elvira is resting in her bed (the only bed in this one room, dirt floor canyon house), Elvira is almost fully dilated.

Right, Elvira has been pushing for more then 2 hours. Because Elvira has NO body fat, she has no reserves to draw upon, so she has 20 minutes of slow, spaced out contractions and 20 minutes of when she sleeps so that her tiny body can recuperate.

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Even though Elvira is tiny, her baby is NOT.

As he emerges, I can see that it is a BIG baby for this little woman.

Think You're Too Small To Birth Your Baby? You Must See These Photos (NSFW) Think You're Too Small To Birth Your Baby? You Must See These Photos (NSFW)

Left, finally the head is out, and we wait for the final contraction.

Right, Elvira closes her eyes and rests for a moment after this difficult delivery.

It’s finally over!

Think You're Too Small To Birth Your Baby? You Must See These Photos (NSFW)

LOOK at that molding!

God made babies heads adaptable and flexible, but I am not sure if this baby girl’s head could be molded any further!

Think You're Too Small To Birth Your Baby? You Must See These Photos (NSFW)

A bit later, we pose for this photo as Elvira nurses her 3.2 kg (7 lb.) newborn daughter, born at 2:33 PM, 12/9/05.

Even though this was a difficult birth for Elvira, she said that it was still much nicer then her hospital births, because she had the help of her husband and I, and her two other children were close by.

In many places in the world, these very small women would have been told by their doctor, “There is no way that you will have your baby normally! You will have to have a cesarean.”

We know better! #457.

Visit Jerry’s website here (which unfortunately mostly doesn’t seem to be working).

Recommended Reading

If you’re anxious about giving birth, I highly recommend including a doula or homebirth midwife in your birthing team.

Continuous care offered by homebirth midwives and doulas have been proven to significantly produce better outcomes for birthing women, from shorter labours to reduced rates of intervention (including c-sections, forceps and more). Search for a doula or midwife in BellyBelly’s Marketplace.

I also highly recommend seeking independent birth education, learning about optimal fetal positioning and reading empowering birth books – don’t just pick the best sellers which tend to have big marketing money behind them. The best thing you can do is set yourself up to have the best birth experience possible, and not leave it in the hands of others.

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Kelly Winder is the creator of BellyBelly.com.au, a writer, doula (trained in 2005), and a mother of three awesome children. She's passionate about informing and educating fellow thinking parents and parents-to-be, especially about all the things she wishes she knew before she had her firstborn. Kelly is also passionate about travel, tea, travel, and animal rights and welfare. And travel.


2 comments

  1. Ahhh thanks for the work gone into this article!!!

    I have a film of a small mum birthing a 4 kilo baby, her belly is huge, yet baby slides out in two silent contractions, she is on her hands and knees in the hospital bath.

    I remember a C-section mum saying to me one time that the impression she got from her OB was “lucky we did the caesarean your babies head had some molding” … and the mum had walked away from her surgery thinking that head molding was bad or a sign something was wrong.

    Having said all of that, I also appreciate that the pictures above can be fear provoking too, it can be a very. very common fear that a woman will sustain a tear at her very private, sexual vagina/vulva area.

    I know that my fear was so big, I will admit I was terrified! (yet after two 4 kilo babies, I remained totally intact, with a just minor, slight graze).

    The thing I LOVE about this pics is that you can observe how huge and swollen and blood engorged the vagina/birth path/vulva get especially for birth 🙂 Making the chance of tearing greatly decreased.

  2. There is much evidence to suggest that if these women had been off their coccyx their births would have been even easier!

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