Mum gave birth to a 13lbs baby so big doctors thought she'd have twins

First-time mother gives birth to 13lbs baby girl – the second biggest in the UK – after her bump was so big doctors thought she was having twins and her skin stretched so much it bled

  • Amber Cumberland, 21, from Aston, Oxfordshire, gave birth to Emilia, 12lb 14oz 
  • Bump was so big during pregnancy, doctors weren’t sure if was expecting twins
  • Amber was two weeks overdue, Emilia is second biggest UK baby ever born

A mum-to-be with a gigantic baby bump – which was so large that doctors thought she had a secret twin – has given birth to a 13lb newborn.

First time mum Amber Cumberland, 21, from Aston, Oxfordshire, gave birth to her daughter Emilia on April 16, weighing a whopping 12lb 14oz.

Baby Emilia created such a big bump during pregnancy that doctors weren’t sure if there would be a surprise second baby in labour.

But instead, she is believed to be the second biggest baby girl ever born in the UK after the 2012 record breaker at 14lbs 4oz.

Amber Cumberland, 21, from Aston, Oxfordshire, gave birth to her daugther Emilia on April 16. At 12lb 14oz, Emilia is thought to be the second biggest baby to ever be born in the UK (pictured: Amber, with her partner Scott Joy, 22 and Emilia leaving the hospital 

Amber’s baby bump, pictured, grew so  big that doctors weren’t sure if she was expecting a second ‘surprise’ baby, but she eventually only gave birth to Emilia 

Amber said: ‘Doctors thought it was twins during pregnancy because she was so big, even though we could only see one on the ultrasounds.

‘We heard it so much we actually started to believe there was another one hiding in there.

‘It became a game when we went to the supermarket to see if we would get a comment about the size of the bump and we always did.

‘When she came out Scott’s face was white and all the surgeons were looking at each other in shock and laughing – they brought her to me and said “Congratulations you’ve had a toddler”.

Nurses joked Amber had given birth to a toddler when Emilia, pictured, finally made it out of her womb after induced labour 

Amber and Joy, pictured in hospital with Emilia after her birth, had started to believe Amber might have been expecting twins 

Britain’s biggest ever babies 

While Emilia’s birth weight is impressive, she’s no where near the record for the biggest baby born in Britain.

The heaviest baby ever born in the UK was 15lb 8oz Guy Carr, from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, who was welcomed via caesarean section in 1992.

George Joseph King, who arrived on February 11 in 2013, is thought to be the biggest baby born naturally in Britain.

He weighed a staggering 15lb 7oz (more than double the average newborn weight of 7lb 8oz) when he was born at Gloucester Royal Infirmary.

George’s mother Jade Packer, then 21, who had gas, air and a last-minute epidural, described the labour as ‘horrifically traumatic’. 

In December 2017, Brodey Young became the heaviest baby born at a hospital in a decade, tipping the scales nearly 13lb.

He weighed in at 12lb 130z – nearly the same as a bowling bowl, stunning midwives and doctors on the Blueberry Ward at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby – and his mother Sheralyn Wilcock, of Cleethorpes.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the heaviest baby ever born was the son of Canadian giantess Anna Bates (née Swan) who gave birth at her home in Seville, Ohio, on January 19, 1879.

Her not-so-little boy weighed 22lb (9.98 kg) are measured 7ft 11in (241.3 cm). The baby, who was not officially named but just referred to as ‘Babe’, sadly died 11 hours later.


‘We were just so glad it was only one baby and that she was healthy.’

Baby Emilia began measuring big in the third trimester, reaching the average size of a 36 week baby by her 32 week scan and was estimated at 8lb 12oz on an extra growth scan at 36 weeks.

Amber’s partner and Emilia’s dad, Scott Joy, 22, spent 42 hours in the car park of John Radcliffe Hospital in the space of three days leading up to the birth – not allowed to join Amber until she was in active labour due to Covid restrictions.

Amber was finally induced almost two weeks overdue and spent 24 hours in labour until baby Emilia entered the world via an emergency C-section.

Amber said: ‘I got to eight centimetres dilated and she couldn’t go any further – if she went any further down they wouldn’t be able to get her back up and she would’ve got stuck.

‘During the C-section it took two people to lift her out and one to hold everything back to get her out.

‘The whole outfit we brought didn’t fit her but luckily we had some spare 0-3 month clothes packed and the hospital staff had to hunt down bigger nappies from paediatrics for us.

‘Nurses at the hospital even stayed over time to see the weight of the baby and take photos with her because she was so big.’

Amber’s giant pregnancy bump created lots of painful complications that meant the first time mum couldn’t wait to be induced and get her baby out.

She tried home remedies to induce herself and get things moving but nothing worked.


Nurses and doctors holding 12lb 14oz Emilia during labour. Amber was two weeks overdue and had to be induced 

The mother-to-be’s gigantic baby bump during her pregnancy. Amber admitted she had been ‘desperate’ to get Emilia out 

A scale recorded that, at birth, Emilia weighed 5.9kg, or 12lb 14 oz. An impressive weight making her the second biggest baby to be born in the UK since 2012

Amber said: ‘I was so desperate to get her out I tried everything – I ate half a kilogram of raw pineapple, used essential oils and bath salts, even acupressure – anything I read online that might help.

‘The bump was so big I got lots of stretch marks and my skin was so weak from being stretched out that they would bleed if I stood up too quickly.

‘My stomach muscles completely split to the point where the doctors could barely distinguish them during the C-section and said they were the worst they’d ever seen.

Strong girl! Newborn Emilia holding on to her dad’s finger in hospital after being born. Amber revealed her daugther was so heavy she could not breastfeed her

Proud dad Scott with Emilia in hospital. Amber is currently on a waiting list for physiotherapy to help her heal from the pregnancy and birth 

Emilia clenching her fists in her birth picture. Amber said she still had a numb bit of skin around her belly button following the pregnancy 

‘I also had awful sciatica and compressed nerves in my hips and legs because of the weight of her and I couldn’t even roll over in bed without Scott to help me.’

Just over a week after giving birth Amber is starting to heal but expects to take a while to fully recover due to the damage done to her body by the difficult pregnancy and birth.

She is currently on a waiting list for physiotherapy to help heal her badly split stomach muscles.

Amber said: ‘I’ve still got a completely numb bit of skin around my belly button where the nerves have just given up.

‘Because of the damage to my stomach muscles the stitches have no support and I have to be really careful.

‘I can’t pick Emilia up or breastfeed her because she’s so heavy and there’s no protection for my organs, but I’m slowly getting better.

‘I’m still as uncomfortable as when I was pregnant but I do feel a lot lighter and have no more trapped nerves which I’m very grateful for.

‘We’re both so overjoyed with our gorgeous little girl.’

Big nap for a big baby! In spite of the difficult pregnancy and Birth, Amber said she was overjoyed with Emilia

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