When a mom in Australia gave birth to her third child after a seven-hour natural birth without epidural, the doctors and herself were greatly surprised by the baby’s size. “I’ve gotten what I want,” she said.
On Jan. 24, Natasha Corrigan from Melbourne, Australia, gave birth to her son, Brian, after a 7-hour natural birth at Mercy Hospital for Women. The birth of her son, who weighed 13 pounds 4 ounces (approx. 6 kg), shocked everyone. Corrigan didn’t expect this because “he was 9 pounds at 36 weeks, but we thought he’d be around 11 pounds at the max,” she told PEOPLE.
He ain’t heavy, he’s my bubba! Biggest baby born ever at the Mercy Hospital for Women today. Weighing in at over 6 kg, baby Brian Junior Liddle surprised even his mum Natashia Corrigan when, after a seven hour labour, he popped out. Picture: David Caird. #Heraldsun #melbourne #mercyhospital @mercy #newborn #baby #whopper
She added that her other older daughters were not as big as their little brother. “My first daughter was 8 pounds, 4 ounces, and my second was 7 pounds,” she said.
“I think I was in a bit of shock because the birth was natural and I only had gas so I was still in a bit of shock just from that,” she told 7 News
Thinking back, Corrigan told The Age, “It was scary because his shoulder got stuck.” She added that all the available doctors in the hospital were then called in to help.
“I started to panic but luckily my sister and partner helped keep me calm. I’m very fortunate he came out safely,” she said.
“Without them I would have panicked and it would have been a lot scarier”
“But I’ve always wanted a natural labor and I’ve always believed in mind over matter and positive thought. I’ve always wanted a big, chubby baby and now I’ve gotten what I want,” she added
She also credited the hospital staff for keeping her calm. “All the staff that were in the delivery suite were absolutely wonderful. They did their best to make sure me and the baby were okay,” she told PEOPLE.
“They were also in shock at how big he was—he was the topic of conversation for the next few days!”
According to the Herald Sun, Brian was one of the biggest babies born in Australia, but Corrigan told PEOPLE in April that he had lost weight after birth. She said, “He lost weight after birth and has now averaged out to the top percentile of baby sizes. He’s now just over 15 pounds, 5 ounces (approx. 7 kg).
“He is doing great—he is a very happy and healthy baby”
With the birth of her son, Corrigan, an Aboriginal woman, also has a wish—to pass down her traditions to Brian.
“My children and I love our connection to this country,” she said. “We share our culture through art and dance—we stay strong by sharing our cultural knowledge and history.”
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Photo credits: ©Facebook | Natashia Ellis-Corrigan