Stevenage woman gives birth to 12lb baby

A WOMAN is recovering at home after giving birth to a 12lb baby. Shauna Miller, of Fairview Road in Stevenage, gave birth to Jennifer at Lister Hospital, where a senior midwife said: A baby of that sort of size is very, very rare. There are only one or t

A WOMAN is recovering at home after giving birth to a 12lb baby.

Shauna Miller, of Fairview Road in Stevenage, gave birth to Jennifer at Lister Hospital, where a senior midwife said: "A baby of that sort of size is very, very rare. There are only one or two births a year of that sort of size throughout the area the East and North Herts NHS Trust covers."

Shauna, who was in labour for 12 hours after being induced, said: "When I was expecting friends kept asking me if I was having twins, so I knew she would be big.

"Even in the hospital the lady in the bed next to me was having twins and I had a bigger bump than her!"

The 36-year-old added: "It took six of them to get her out and the midwife looked like she was holding a three-month-old, not a new born."

Proud father, Gary, added: "It was quite scary at first as she didn't look like she was moving, but as soon as we knew she was ok I was really happy."

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The 30-year-old said: "The midwives were doing a sweepstake between them to guess the weight, and the highest in the room had 11lbs but it was beyond even their expectations."

The couple also have a two-year-old son, Ryan, who weighed a healthy 8lbs 11 ounces when he was born.

Jennifer was born on Thursday, February 11.