Britain’s third biggest baby girl born naturally, baby Bethany Jane Turner arrived in a birthing pool at North Manchester General Hospital weighing in at an astonishing 12lb 6oz.
She is the heaviest girl to ever arrive at the hospital and her brave mum gave birth with only gas and air. Proud parents Naomi, 33, and Gavin Turner, 32 didn’t expect their daughter to be so big.
The average baby girl is 7lb 4oz and their other children, Katie, eight, and Billy, five, weighed in at 8lb 10oz and 8lb 9oz respectively.
Optical assistant Naomi, from Bury, said: “It wasn’t until she was born that we realised she was so big. They put her on the scales and everyone was shocked. I was struggling and I was a bit out of it towards the end of the labour but we still managed to have a natural water birth.
“It was perfectly fine and the labour was no more painful than the two other births.”
Bethany was born on the 11th May and was a fortnight overdue after a three-and-a-half hour labour. They were able to take Bethany home after just two days at the hospital and Naomi and Gavin have praised staff for their care.
Midwife at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Sam Wagner, said: “It was an absolute delight to support Naomi throughout her water birth.
“We were all surprised when baby Bethany arrived with a huge splash weighing 12lb 6oz, a first for the birth centre.”
Niamh O’Halloran is Britain’s biggest baby girl weighing 14lbs 4oz. She was delivered by caesarean in February. The biggest baby to be born naturally is Suzie Devendale, from Swindon, who was 12lb 12oz.