Edward James Smith was born healthy and grumpy at 5.25am, weighing 7lb 4oz. Elaine started the early stages of labour at about 5pm the day before. At around midnight her contractions started, so Elaine phoned the labour ward to ask their advice. She was told to take a couple of paracetamol and have a hot bath to ease the contractions; full labour probably wouldn’t start until the following morning.
At 3am, the contractions were already extremely painful; Elaine woke me to inform me that it was time to get to the hospital. By 3.30am, a very nice midwife called Katie informed Elaine that she her labour was well underway; just under two hours later Edward was delivered. Elaine was a trooper, and managed the pain of delivery with only gas-and-air and a moderate amount of shouting.
About two hours after delivery, when mum and baby had been checked out and rested, Elaine walked up to the maternity ward, and I was kicked out as surplus to requirements.