Mother, 23, gives birth to a whopping 12lb 7oz baby boy who is TWICE the size of most newborns – and is one of Britain’s biggest infants to be born naturally Mother, 23, gives birth to a whopping 12lb 7oz baby boy who is TWICE the size of most newborns – and is one of Britain’s biggest infants to be born naturally
A proud mother has described the eye-watering moment she gave birth to one of Britain’s biggest babies to be born naturally. Rory was born... Mother, 23, gives birth to a whopping 12lb 7oz baby boy who is TWICE the size of most newborns – and is one of Britain’s biggest infants to be born naturally

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A proud mother has described the eye-watering moment she gave birth to one of Britain’s biggest babies to be born naturally.

Rory was born weighing a staggering 12lb 7oz, twice the size of most newborns. His mother Charlotte Hawthorn, 23, and father Mathew Williams, 26, had no idea their son was going to be so big.

He was conceived though IVF and born after a five hour labour and two hours of pushing at Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirrral.

Eye watering 12lb 7oz Rory is thought to be one of the biggest babies in the UK to be born naturally. Mother Charlotte Hawthorn, 23, gave birth naturally at Arrow Parke Hospital, Wirral, without an epirdural. She and her partner, Matthew Williams, who conceived thanks to IVF had no idea their son would be so big when planning a natural birth

Shocked staff called for back up when they saw the size of Rory’s head when it finally emerged – but thankfully he was delivered in perfect health.

Even Charlotte didn’t fare too badly considering the size of her baby, and was back on her feet looking after him within hours of the birth. The only problem they faced was Rory was too big for all the carefully chosen newborn outfits his mother had packed.


So Charlotte’s best friend and birthing partner Katie Webb, 23, had to dash out and buy bigger babygrows. Charlotte said: ‘Nobody had an idea, it was a huge shock to all the staff as well as me and my partner but we are just relieved that the birth went so well considering, apart from hurting a lot obviously.

‘I planned a natural delivery not knowing he was going to be twice the size of most newborns. ‘He is gorgeous, we call him our little hunky chunky.’

Rory, right, in maternity ward next to an average 6lb baby, which he was over double the size of

Rory was too big for all his newborn clothes and mum’s best friend had had to rush out to buy age 6 months clothing to dress him in when he was born.A proud exhausted mum after giving birth

Charlotte was thrilled to fall pregnant in July 2015 after her unexplained infertility meant she was referred for IVF on the NHS


Charlotte was thrilled to fall pregnant in July 2015 after her unexplained infertility meant she was referred for IVF on the NHS

'At one point I got frustrated because Mathew though I wasn't pushing hard enough when I really was. I think when he finally came out people realised what I had been up against,' she said

‘At one point I got frustrated because Mathew though I wasn’t pushing hard enough when I really was. I think when he finally came out people realised what I had been up against,’ she said

Charlotte was thrilled to fall pregnant in July 2015 after her unexplained infertility meant she was referred for IVF on the NHS. The former sales executive and her window cleaner fiancé, Mathew, had been trying to conceive unsuccessfully for several years.

Charlotte said: ‘We were over the moon when the IVF worked first time, just ecstatic to finally be pregnant.’

Her 12-week and 20-week scan showed the baby was measuring normally, but a private 4D scan at 27 weeks did indicate Rory was already a good size.

She said: ‘I got told he was about 3lbs at that stage but I’m tall at 5ft 11in so I think people expected that Rory would be big.’

But nobody predicted how big when Charlotte drew up her plan for a natural delivery. After going two weeks over her 22 April due date, Charlotte said she looked and felt enormous. She was induced on May 3 and Rory finally made his appearance at 9.04am after an exhaustive labour.

Charlotte said: ‘I started pushing at around 7am but no matter how hard I pushed, nothing happened. I was giving it everything I had and getting nowhere.’

‘At one point I got frustrated because Mathew though I wasn’t pushing hard enough when I really was. I think when he finally came out people realised what I had been up against.’


Before weighing Rory, his mother estimated him to be approximately nine pounds, so when they put him on the scales and he registered 12 pounds 7 oz everyone was shocked

Rory now weighs just shy of 20lbs and gets mistaken for a six-month-old baby

Rory now weighs just shy of 20lbs and gets mistaken for a six-month-old baby

When his head appeared the midwife called for back up and many more medics appeared to help delivered Rory. It took several more pushes for the rest of Rory to be born.

‘When he finally come out everyone was stunned and saying how big he was. My partner’s first words were: “Charl he is huge.” But I couldn’t see it at first, he just looked like a gorgeous little baby to me.’

Before weighing Rory, his mother estimated him to be approximately nine pounds, so when they put him on the scales and he registered 12 pounds 7 oz everyone was shocked. Charlotte said: ‘I couldn’t believe it. I mean that is twice the size of most newborns.’ Surprisingly given the size of her baby, she needed little repair work and was back on her feet within a few hours.

She said: ‘When they took me to the ward and I saw him next to other newborns that is when it hit home how big he really was. I met another mum and we put them side by side and nobody could believe I had really just pushed him out myself. He looked like a giant, bless him.’

Charlotte’s carefully chosen newborn outfits had to remain in her bag, far too small for Rory, who instead had to be covered in a blanket. Meanwhile best friend and birthing partner Katie Webb, 23, rushed to the shops with Charlotte’s mum for more babygrows age six months.

‘We are very grateful to the staff at the hospital for delivering our little hunk safely,’ she said


Even Charlotte didn’t fare too badly considering the size of her baby, and was back on her feet looking after him within hours of the birth.
The only problem they faced was Rory was too big for all the carefully chosen newborn outfits his mother had packed

Even Charlotte didn’t fare too badly considering the size of her baby, and was back on her feet looking after him within hours of the birth. The only problem they faced was Rory was too big for all the carefully chosen newborn outfits his mother had packed

Charlotte said: ‘I spent months planning what I was going to dress him in for his first photo and when it came down to it he had to wear a £2 Asda baby grow because it’s all I had that would go anywhere near him But none of that matters, all that matters is he is fit and well. We are very grateful to the staff at the hospital for delivering our little hunk safely.’

She was discharged two days later. Rory now weighs just shy of 20lbs and gets mistaken for a six-month-old baby. She said: ‘People do not believe me when I tell them how old he is. It’s only when you see him move that you know his age. He’s our little miracle now in more ways than one.’

Debbie Edwards, Head of Midwifery at Wirral Women’s and Children’s Hospital, said: ‘We are really proud of the care we provided to mum and baby as our team of midwives work extremely hard. It is lovely to hear that Charlotte and baby Rory are doing so well, and the praise that mum has given to our teams.’

A proud mother has described the eye-watering moment she gave birth to one of Britain’s biggest babies to be born naturally.

Rory was born weighing a staggering 12lb 7oz, twice the size of most newborns. His mother Charlotte Hawthorn, 23, and father Mathew Williams, 26, had no idea their son was going to be so big.

He was conceived though IVF and born after a five hour labour and two hours of pushing at Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirrral.

Eye watering 12lb 7oz Rory is thought to be one of the biggest babies in the UK to be born naturally. Mother Charlotte Hawthorn, 23, gave birth naturally at Arrow Parke Hospital, Wirral, without an epirdural. She and her partner, Matthew Williams, who conceived thanks to IVF had no idea their son would be so big when planning a natural birth

Shocked staff called for back up when they saw the size of Rory’s head when it finally emerged – but thankfully he was delivered in perfect health.

Even Charlotte didn’t fare too badly considering the size of her baby, and was back on her feet looking after him within hours of the birth. The only problem they faced was Rory was too big for all the carefully chosen newborn outfits his mother had packed.

So Charlotte’s best friend and birthing partner Katie Webb, 23, had to dash out and buy bigger babygrows. Charlotte said: ‘Nobody had an idea, it was a huge shock to all the staff as well as me and my partner but we are just relieved that the birth went so well considering, apart from hurting a lot obviously.

‘I planned a natural delivery not knowing he was going to be twice the size of most newborns. ‘He is gorgeous, we call him our little hunky chunky.’

Rory, right, in maternity ward next to an average 6lb baby, which he was over double the size of

Rory, right, in maternity ward next to an average 6lb baby, which he was over double the size of

Rory was too big for all his newborn clothes and mum's best friend had had to rush out to buy age 6 months clothing to dress him in when he was born. A proud exhausted mum after giving birth

Rory was too big for all his newborn clothes and mum’s best friend had had to rush out to buy age 6 months clothing to dress him in when he was born.A proud exhausted mum after giving birth


Charlotte was thrilled to fall pregnant in July 2015 after her unexplained infertility meant she was referred for IVF on the NHS

Charlotte was thrilled to fall pregnant in July 2015 after her unexplained infertility meant she was referred for IVF on the NHS

'At one point I got frustrated because Mathew though I wasn't pushing hard enough when I really was. I think when he finally came out people realised what I had been up against,' she said

‘At one point I got frustrated because Mathew though I wasn’t pushing hard enough when I really was. I think when he finally came out people realised what I had been up against,’ she said

Charlotte was thrilled to fall pregnant in July 2015 after her unexplained infertility meant she was referred for IVF on the NHS. The former sales executive and her window cleaner fiancé, Mathew, had been trying to conceive unsuccessfully for several years.

Charlotte said: ‘We were over the moon when the IVF worked first time, just ecstatic to finally be pregnant.’

Her 12-week and 20-week scan showed the baby was measuring normally, but a private 4D scan at 27 weeks did indicate Rory was already a good size.

She said: ‘I got told he was about 3lbs at that stage but I’m tall at 5ft 11in so I think people expected that Rory would be big.’

But nobody predicted how big when Charlotte drew up her plan for a natural delivery. After going two weeks over her 22 April due date, Charlotte said she looked and felt enormous. She was induced on May 3 and Rory finally made his appearance at 9.04am after an exhaustive labour.

Charlotte said: ‘I started pushing at around 7am but no matter how hard I pushed, nothing happened. I was giving it everything I had and getting nowhere.’

‘At one point I got frustrated because Mathew though I wasn’t pushing hard enough when I really was. I think when he finally came out people realised what I had been up against.’

Before weighing Rory, his mother estimated him to be approximately nine pounds, so when they put him on the scales and he registered 12 pounds 7 oz everyone was shocked

Before weighing Rory, his mother estimated him to be approximately nine pounds, so when they put him on the scales and he registered 12 pounds 7 oz everyone was shocked


Rory now weighs just shy of 20lbs and gets mistaken for a six-month-old baby

Rory now weighs just shy of 20lbs and gets mistaken for a six-month-old baby

When his head appeared the midwife called for back up and many more medics appeared to help delivered Rory. It took several more pushes for the rest of Rory to be born.

‘When he finally come out everyone was stunned and saying how big he was. My partner’s first words were: “Charl he is huge.” But I couldn’t see it at first, he just looked like a gorgeous little baby to me.’

Before weighing Rory, his mother estimated him to be approximately nine pounds, so when they put him on the scales and he registered 12 pounds 7 oz everyone was shocked. Charlotte said: ‘I couldn’t believe it. I mean that is twice the size of most newborns.’ Surprisingly given the size of her baby, she needed little repair work and was back on her feet within a few hours.

She said: ‘When they took me to the ward and I saw him next to other newborns that is when it hit home how big he really was. I met another mum and we put them side by side and nobody could believe I had really just pushed him out myself. He looked like a giant, bless him.’

Charlotte’s carefully chosen newborn outfits had to remain in her bag, far too small for Rory, who instead had to be covered in a blanket. Meanwhile best friend and birthing partner Katie Webb, 23, rushed to the shops with Charlotte’s mum for more babygrows age six months.

'We are very grateful to the staff at the hospital for delivering our little hunk safely,' she said

‘We are very grateful to the staff at the hospital for delivering our little hunk safely,’ she said

Even Charlotte didn’t fare too badly considering the size of her baby, and was back on her feet looking after him within hours of the birth.
The only problem they faced was Rory was too big for all the carefully chosen newborn outfits his mother had packed

Even Charlotte didn’t fare too badly considering the size of her baby, and was back on her feet looking after him within hours of the birth. The only problem they faced was Rory was too big for all the carefully chosen newborn outfits his mother had packed

Charlotte said: ‘I spent months planning what I was going to dress him in for his first photo and when it came down to it he had to wear a £2 Asda baby grow because it’s all I had that would go anywhere near him But none of that matters, all that matters is he is fit and well. We are very grateful to the staff at the hospital for delivering our little hunk safely.’

She was discharged two days later. Rory now weighs just shy of 20lbs and gets mistaken for a six-month-old baby. She said: ‘People do not believe me when I tell them how old he is. It’s only when you see him move that you know his age. He’s our little miracle now in more ways than one.’

Debbie Edwards, Head of Midwifery at Wirral Women’s and Children’s Hospital, said: ‘We are really proud of the care we provided to mum and baby as our team of midwives work extremely hard. It is lovely to hear that Charlotte and baby Rory are doing so well, and the praise that mum has given to our teams.’


Henry Okafor

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