I gave birth to my 12 pound baby in my living room — it was so enjoyable
A British woman is speaking out about the home birth of her baby girl who weighed a whopping 12lbs 9oz.
Ruth Harvey, 36, decided to welcome newborn Tabitha at her home in Ayrshire, Scotland on Feb 28., despite the fact that she lives just 10 minutes away from a hospital.
The Scot — who already has two older children — was stunned by the sheer size of her baby daughter, but says her long labor went surprisingly smoothly.
“You can’t imagine giving birth to a 12lbs baby being an enjoyable experience, but it was,” Harvey told South West News Service.
“It was relaxed, I’m sure it was because I was at home,” the overjoyed mama added.
Harvey labored in a birthing pool set up in her living room and was assisted by a team of midwives. In total, she was in labor for eight-and-a-half hours.
“Tabitha was born two-and-a-half weeks over her due date, she looked well cooked,” Harvey stated. “I think I make big babies anyway. My other two were 9lbs 9oz and 10lbs 1oz”
“We know the team of midwives haven’t had a baby this big during a home birth,” she continued. “She’s a really big baby, a lot of people have commented but so far nobody has said their baby was bigger.”
Prior to the birth, Harvey’s husband, Eddie Gillan, 44, decorated the living room with fairy lights in order to create a calming atmosphere.
The couple also made sure to cover the floor with towels so nothing got too messy in the process.
“It was such a great experience, the midwives were phenomenal,” Harvey recalled.
“The recovery has been quicker, I’m doing the school run again,” she added. “The aromatherapy and acupuncture [have helped with the recovery]. People think ‘Oh god what is this hippy stuff’ but it’s great.
After giving birth, Harvey was stunned by Tabitha’s size. She went to the library to find the U.K.’s Guinness Book of World Records, thinking that her newborn might measure up to some other large tots.
But Tabitha just missed out on making any records. Guy Carr took home the prize for the largest baby back in 1992, weighing in at a whopping 15lb, 8oz.
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