Mum delivers one of ‘UK’s biggest babies born naturally’ with only gas and air
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A supermum gave birth to a whopping 12lb 0.5oz baby with just gas and air for pain relief.
After going into labour at 2am, mum-of-four Ayshah Maton delivered her daughter Eloise on her living room floor on March 12 at 12:14pm.
The newborn is thought to be the second biggest baby girl born naturally in the UK – after baby Suzie Gzowski tipped the scales at 12lb 12oz in January 2012.
But surprisingly, Ayshah describes the delivery as an “amazing” and calming experience.
She was surrounded by her husband Gari, two midwives, and a doula instead of going through labour in a busy hospital.
And not only that, she was able to tuck herself up in her own bed after welcoming Eloise into the world.
Ayshah, from Ashendon, Bucks., said: "It was an amazing birth. It was a really positive experience.
"I think maybe it was because I knew what to expect, because she was my fourth.
"But it was my first home birth, and it was such a different experience. It was so much more relaxed when you're in a safe, familiar environment, rather than in a hospital.
"It's so much nicer birthing at home, because afterwards you can just have your own food, and go and tuck yourself up in your own bed."
The proud parent, who is also mum to sons Ethan, seven, Hugo, five, and three-year-old Cooper, is used to having big babies.
Her second and third sons were born weighing 11lbs 2oz and 11lbs 3oz, respectively.
She joked: "I don't know how, but we just seem to produce big babies.
"I was expecting her to weigh in at around the 11lb mark – but she did surprise us a bit when she turned out to be the biggest baby.
"I wasn't really worried about delivering her at home, though.
"I always knew I wanted to give birth naturally, and whatever size she was going to be wasn't going to be any different if I was at the hospital or at home."
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Ayshah recovered well after the birth – and baby Eloise is happy and healthy too.
She said: "By the end of the weekend I was up and about again and almost back to normal, just a little bit achey.
"It's really amazing what the human body is capable of."
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