A mum-of-four had an “incredible” home birth when she delivered a whopping 12lb baby girl with just gas and air for pain relief.
Daughter Eloise was born at home on the living room floor as mum Ayshah Maton gave birth with just her husband Gari, two midwives, and a doula present.
Not-so-little Eloise is thought to be the second biggest baby girl born without pain relief in the UK – after baby Suzie Gzowski tipped the scales at 12lb 12oz in January 2012.
But despite her daughter weighing over one and a half times the average weight of a newborn baby girl in the UK, 34-year-old Ayshah, from Ashendon, Bucks., described the birth as an “amazing” and calm experience.
Ayshah, who is also mum to sons Ethan, seven, Hugo, five, and three-year-old Cooper, 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.
And Ayshah said she had expected Eloise to be a big baby – after her second and third sons were born weighing 11lbs 2oz and 11lbs 3oz, respectively.
Ayshah herself measures five foot seven inches tall, whilst her husband Gari is just under six foot.
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.”
Ayshah spent most of her labour in a birthing pool in her living room from when it began at 2am on Friday, March 12.
She only left the water right at the end – and gave birth to Eloise on the living room floor, beside the sofa, at 12.14pm.
But despite being the biggest out of her siblings, Ayshah’s labour with Eloise was her second-shortest – only around 15 minutes longer than her labour with three-year-old Cooper.
But she said: “By the end of the weekend I was up and about again and almost back to normal, just a little bit achey.”
And now, little Eloise is a happy, healthy three-month-old – and wearing three- to six-month old clothing.
Ayshah said: “It’s really amazing what the human body is capable of.”