Last week Nikki Bell from Riverstone in Western Sydney delivered a healthy and beautiful baby boy who also just happened to be a whopper! Weighing over 5.75kg he was one of the biggest babies ever born at Blacktown Hospital and kudos to his mama who did it with ZERO pain relief.
Parker weighs in
The “not so little” bouncing baby boy named Parker James Bell, was born last Thursday at Blacktown Hospital at 39 weeks and three days, after a two and a half hour labour and weighed a massive 5.755 kilograms (12 pounds, six ounces). The Blacktown Midwifery Group announced the “new record” via their Facebook page stating that it was “a natural birth with no complications”. Ouch!
“We are happy to report the not so little Parker and mum Nikki are doing well. Welcome to the world Parker, you’ll be the talk of Blacktown Maternity for a long time to come! Also a big congratulations to Nikki, Michael and big sister Maddison,” said the post, alongside a few pics of the gorgeous bub and his mum and sister.
Bigger than average
To give you some comparison, the average birth weight of babies born in Australia is 3.3 kilograms. However, according to the Daily Telegraph, Parker had already surpassed this well before his birth, with his 24-week growth scan showing him then to be 3.5 kilograms. So parents Michael, 30, and Nikki, 28, always knew he was going to be a big one.
“My first baby went until 41 weeks and 3 days — lucky I didn’t go that far he would have been 6kg plus,” said Nikki to the Daily Telegraph.
Despite his size, Nikki is quite humble about her efforts in the delivery room.
“I’m sure all births hurt, whether it’s 1.7kg of 5.7kg — they all hurt,” she said. (Side note ladies – some women actually DO report having pain-free childbirths).
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Baby Parker is in perfect health and has been settling in well to his Riverstone home with his big sis Maddison, 20 months. Not surprisingly, he has been receiving a lot of attention due to his size.
Not only have thousands of people commented on the Blacktown Midwifery Group Facebook post – comparing their much older babies, who are the same weight as Parker now – but he’s also become a bit of a star in his first week of life, already appearing on Sunrise and other TV news, on top of numerous newspaper and online articles.
And although there are no guarantees that a big baby will become a big adult, the Daily Telegraph says the Bells are already thinking about how “little” Parker might use his larger than average size to his advantage in the future.
“Hopefully he will be a bit of a football player, maybe a front rower, that’ll keep his dad happy,” said Nikki.
Although Parker, might just be the biggest bub doctors at Bankstown hospital have seen in a while, 9 News reports, another bub holds the crown. In 2011, Tiarla Elekana was born at Blacktown Hospital, weighing 6.85kg.
Congrats to the Bell family and welcome to the world Parker!
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