Queensland newborn weighs in at twice the average

Sylvia Varnham O'Regan, ninemsn
6:23pm February 8, 2013
February 08, 2013: A Rockhampton baby has narrowly missed out on becoming Australia’s heaviest newborn, coming out at a whopping 6.7kg.

A Queensland baby born this week is believed to be the largest in the state's history, weighing in at 6.76kg (14.14lbs).

Oliver Jeffrey Stock was born by C-section at Rockhampton's Mater Hospital on Monday and his unusual size is thought to be record breaking.

Proud mother Patricia Stock told Nine News that she and husband Ben were expecting a heavy baby of between 10 and 11 pounds, but "not as big as 14."

"All the doctors were shocked at how big he actually was," she said.

Ms Stock said her pregnancy had been an easy one and the newborn was happy and healthy.

February 08, 2013: Newborn Oliver Stock from Rockhampton tips the scales as Queensland's heaviest baby.

"He's feeding really good now and breathing really great," she said.

The couple had already bought new clothes for Oliver, who had outgrown baby nappies and was too big for his brother's baby clothes.

Ms Stock said she was looking forward to taking her son home in a few days’ time.

The average birth weight of a newborn in Australia is 7.4lbs (3.35kg), half the size of Oliver, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Sunshine Coast Daily, Nine News

Author: Sylvia Varnham O'Regan, Approving editor: Nick Pearson

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