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A woman has given birth to one of Australia's largest babies - weighing almost 6kg - and the labour was so quick she didn't even have time to get to hospital for the birth.
Nina Tassell, 37, gave birth to her son in the foyer of her home on Australia Day in Applecross, Perth, with the help of her husband Adam, reported The West Australian.
Ms Tassell's hour-long labour, after her waters broke at 9am, meant the couple didn't have time to make it to St John of God Hospital in Murdoch as they had planned.
Mr Tassel and his sister, Sonya Anson, who had recently picked up the couple's three other sons, called an ambulance, and Ms Tassell prepared for the home birth.
'I got down on the mat in the foyer near the front door but I was pretty nervous because I knew I was in their hands if anything went wrong,' she said.
'Sonya was on the phone getting advice (from the paramedics) while Adam handled the delivery and told me when to push.'
Mr Tassell said: 'We got a bit stuck getting his head out, but Nina changed position and then I saw his eyebrows and then the rest of him came out beautifully. He made a few coughing noises and we knew he was OK.'
The ambulance arrived soon after the the couple were taken to hospital.
Obstetrician Michael Gannon told The West Australian there were significant risks, but congratulated the couple on how they handled it.
Their son, who is yet to be named, was born three days premature and weighs 5.95kg - compared with the average birth weight of 3.3kg.
He also measures 59cm long, compared to the average 51cm for newborns.
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