Briton gives birth to biggest baby ever born naturally in Spain

This handout photo obtained from the Hospital Marina Salud in Denia on Aug 7, 3013, shows 40-year-old British woman Maxime Marin (centre) surrounded by family members after giving birth today to the biggest baby ever born naturally in Spain -- a girl
This handout photo obtained from the Hospital Marina Salud in Denia on Aug 7, 3013, shows 40-year-old British woman Maxime Marin (centre) surrounded by family members after giving birth today to the biggest baby ever born naturally in Spain -- a girl named Maria Lorena Marin (2nd right) weighing 6.2kg. Maxime Marin delivered the baby at 4.43am at the in the Mediterranean city of Denia, the hospital said in a statement. -- PHOTO: AFP
This handout photo obtained from the Hospital Marina Salud in Denia on Aug 7, 3013, shows the biggest baby ever born naturally in Spain -- a girl named Maria Lorena Marin weighing 6.2kg in a hospital cot. Forty-year-old British woman Maxime Marin del
This handout photo obtained from the Hospital Marina Salud in Denia on Aug 7, 3013, shows the biggest baby ever born naturally in Spain -- a girl named Maria Lorena Marin weighing 6.2kg in a hospital cot. Forty-year-old British woman Maxime Marin delivered the baby at 4.43am at the in the Mediterranean city of Denia, the hospital said in a statement. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - A 40-year-old British woman gave birth on Wednesday to the biggest baby ever born naturally in Spain - a girl weighing 6.2kg.

Maxime Marin delivered the baby at 4.43am at the Hospital Marina Salud in the Mediterranean city of Denia, the hospital said in a statement.

Larger babies are often delivered via caesarean section, but Marin did not even need an epidural, a painkiller delivered into the spine during childbirth.

Marin, who lives in Spain with her partner who is from Colombia, said she knew the baby would be big "but not that big", the statement said.

She has given birth to three other children, all of them weighing at least 4.5kg when they were delivered.

Both the baby - named Maria Lorena Marin - and the mother are doing well after the birth although the newborn remains in the neonatal care unit.

The hospital said the baby is the "biggest baby ever born in Spain through natural childbirth".

"In my 40-year professional career I have never known of any case of a birth with this weight by natural childbirth. We are all very satisfied with the work which we carried out," the head of the hospital's department of obstetrics and gynaecology, Javier Rius, said in the statement.