A Spokane, Washington woman recently gave birth to her third child after only four hours of labor. The result? A healthy 11 lbs. baby boy.
Natalie Bancroft, 30, never requested an epidural during the delivery.
“We knew the baby would be big, closer to 9.5 lbs., but we never thought he would be 11 lbs.!” Bancroft said to PEOPLE magazine of the January 8 delivery.
Bancroft described the birthing process as “intense. … but it felt good.” She was accompanied by two licensed midwives and a midwives assistant, which allowed her to deliver the baby in her own home.
“I knew my body was doing what it needed to do. The transition was quick, and my body pushed on its own,” she said. “It felt even shorter because I sat in bed for the first hour of it, and then everything picked up so fast, it seemed to pass by in a blink.”
“I trusted my body and the birthing process, and knew it worked best without medical intervention,” she said.
After reviewing photos of her birth, Bancroft shared her surprise. “Dang, I’m impressed I had an 11-lbs. baby,” she laughed. “But seriously, it shows that women’s bodies are incredible and can do such amazing things. I am not the first, nor will I be the last, to give birth to an almost- toddler.”
The boy, named Simon, arrived six days after his due date.
Three months later, Bancroft is as happy as one might expect. “We are doing well!” she said. “Just getting through a three-month growth purt, so he is eating more often right now.”
“He is the happiest baby ever,” she added, “always flirting with strangers from his carrier.”