A mother who spent six hours in labour was stunned when she met her new son as he tipped the scales at a staggering 12 lbs.
Exhausted mother Paula Brown, 33, from Great Harwood, Lancashire, gave birth naturally to Theo John James Brown at Blackburn Birthing Centre on September 6, weighing nearly twice the average of a newborn.
The happy mother said: ‘It was not pleasant and it was hard work and tiring. But the end result of it all is just fantastic.’
After seeing the size of their son, Paula and her partner Gareth Brown, 32, were forced to ditch the baby wear they’d purchased and go and buy clothes for a three-to-six-month-old instead.
Paula and Gareth Brown were shocked when they welcomed their new son Theo who weighed a whopping 12 lbs
Paula gave birth to her son naturally after a six hour labour, and nursing staff at the hospital said Theo was the biggest baby they had seen in five years
The youngster was initially kept in hospital due to an infection brought on by jaundice but is now at the family home in Great Harwood.
Proud father Gareth said birthing staff told the couple it was the biggest baby they’d seen for around five years.
‘They said it was the biggest baby out of the last 4,500.
‘Everybody is doing fine now, Theo is home and well. He’s absolutely brilliant.’
The weight of an average baby in the UK is just over 7lbs; however, Theo does not take the title of Britain’s biggest baby delivered naturally.
That is thought to belong to baby George from Gloucester born in February 2013 who weighed an impressive 15lb 7oz.
After seeing the size of their newborn they had to ditch all the baby wear they had already bought and go buy clothes for a three-to-six month old
Theo with his step-sister Milly on the day he was born. Compared to her brother she was just a tiny 6lb 11oz when she was born
The tot doesn’t take the title of Britain’s biggest baby delivered naturally. That is thought to belong to baby George from Gloucester born in February 2013 who weighed an impressive 15lb 7oz
The family said they had been guessing what weight the baby would come in at, with two previous children weighing in at 9lb 3oz and 9lb 8oz respectively.
Theo’s 14-year-old step-sister Milly Mayor, who cut the cord for the birth, weighed a fraction of her brother’s size at a tiny 6lb 11oz.
‘We were all making guesses at what weight the baby would come in, but nobody was expecting that,’ added Gareth.
A gobsmacked midwife who worked at the hospital cancelled her dentist appointment so she could see the birth of Theo
‘The midwife cancelled her dentist appointment to make sure she was there for the birth, they hadn’t seen anything like it.
‘All of the staff at the birthing centre were absolutely fantastic with us, we can’t thank them enough.
‘Everyone at the Burnley hospital were great as well.
‘It was strange, most of the babies there were tiny and Theo was huge.’