Wednesday saw the arrival of the biggest baby ever born naturally in Spain, as a 40-year-old British woman gave birth to a baby girl, weighing in at 6.2 kilos (13 pounds).
According to a hospital statement, Maxime Marin gave birth to the baby at 4:43 am on Wednesday in the Hospital Marina Salud in Dénia, Alicante.
While normally larger babies are often delivered via cesarean section, Marin apparently did not even need an epidural (a painkiller delivered to the spine during childbirth) and gave birth naturally.
Marin has delivered three other children, all of whom weighed at least 4.5 kilos on arrival into the world.
Marin, who lives in Spain with her partner from Colombia, said she knew the baby would be big “but not that big,” the statement said.
Mother Maxime and the baby's Colombian father, Jaime Marin, said everything went well.
Both mother and baby, who has been named Maria Lorena Marin, are doing well after the birth. However the newborn remains in the neonatal care unit at the hospital.
In their statement the hospital said that the baby is the “biggest baby ever born in Spain through natural childbirth.”
Javier Rius, head of the hospital’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, said:
“In my 40-year professional career I have never known of any case of a birth with this weight by natural childbirth."
"We are all very satisfied with the work which we carried out." The official world's heaviest baby, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, was born to Anna Bates of Canada in 1879. At birth, the baby weighed 10.5 kilos (23 pounds 2 ounces) but apparently died just 11 hours after birth. Reportedly both parents had giantism.
Another hefty baby son was born to a woman in Brazil in 2005, weighing eight kilos (17 pounds 10 ounces) by cesarean section.
In March this year a baby boy named George King became the UK's second biggest baby born naturally, at seven kilos (15 pounds 7 ounces).