British woman's weighty baby breaks Spanish record

British woman's weighty baby breaks Spanish record

Doctors say a British woman has given birth to the biggest baby ever born naturally in Spain - a girl weighing 6.2kg (13lbs 11oz).

Maxime Marin, 40, had what doctors described as an "uncomplicated" delivery at the Hospital Marina Salud in Denia, Alicante.

The mother, who lives in Spain with her Colombian partner, said she knew the baby would be big "but not that big".

"I did not even need an epidural," Ms Marin is quoted as saying.

Both are believed to be doing well, although the newborn - Maria Lorena - remains in the neonatal care unit.

Dr Javier Rius, the head of the hospital's department of obstetrics and gynaecology, 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."

Larger babies are often delivered via caesarean section.

Maxime Marin's three other children all weighed at least 4.5kg (9lbs 14oz) when they were born, AFP news agency reported.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the world's heaviest baby was born to Anna Bates of Canada in 1879. The baby weighed 10.5kg (23lbs 2oz) but died 11 hours after birth. Both of the baby's parents had giantism.

A woman in Brazil gave birth to a son weighing 8kg (17lb 10oz) by caesarean section in 2005.

In March, George King became the UK's second biggest baby born naturally - weighing in at 7kg (15lb 7oz).