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A mum has given birth to a little boy weighing more than 11lbs at home during lockdown.
The (not-so) little fella is thought to be one of Britain's biggest babies, weighing in at 11lbs 6oz.
Incredibly, mum Emma Fearon, 34, said she only needed a couple of puffs of gas and air to get through the birth of her son, whom she has named Atticus.
Emma, who lives in Thornton-le-Moors, Cheshire, has two daughters who were also big babies. Her firstborn Aria was born weighing 10lb 8oz and Amelia was 9lb.
Emma gave birth at home on 24 May and used hypnobirthing techniques to help keep calm throughout labour.
She said: ''I birthed him in a pool with the midwife arriving with only half an hour to spare.
''I only had a couple of puffs of gas and air and got away with no stitches.
'It just goes to show what women's bodies are capable of and a nice reassurance for those that are predicted to have big babies.
"The birth went amazingly - I used hypnobirthing to calm and ground me and the labour was only two and a half hours long start to finish.
"I'm really pleased that I got to give birth at home as I would have had to go alone to the hospital if not with my husband staying at home with the girls.
"I had planned to have a home birth from the start and was concerned when NHS trusts started to close down the home birth service as I was so dead set on it.
"I researched unassisted birthing and then ended up hiring two independent midwives so that I could definitely have the birth that I wanted and felt this was the safest.
"The midwives were very supportive and weren't concerned about his size - they both felt that your body would not produce a baby that you can't give birth to and were very encouraging of my plans, although none of us thought he'd turn out quite so big.''
Emma had previously given birth in hospital but opted for a home birth, accompanied by her husband James and two midwives, for her third.
Mum and baby are both doing well at home, where Emma and James are looking after Atticus alongside his sisters, aged three and two.
She added: "I am now exclusively breastfeeding Atticus which is a full on round the clock job because of his size and maintaining his glucose levels, as well as breastfeeding his sister Amelia still.''
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Topics: UK News
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