Speedy lit­tle Lill

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Marissa Ge­or­gopou­los and Bev Jor­dan

Tiny Lil­liana was de­liv­ered on the bath­room floor when mum Ser­ena Mor­ris, of Ropes Cross­ing, didn’t make it to the hospi­tal.

SER­ENA Mor­ris is cud­dling her “per­fect baby” Lil­liana just days af­ter push­ing her out — in about 10 min­utes on the bath­room floor of her Ropes Cross­ing home.

Around 8pm the night be­fore she was to be in­duced (Novem­ber 13), Ms Mor­ris felt mild pain and at 9.10pm her daugh­ter was born.

“I’d not long put my son to bed — I’ve got an 18-mon­thold, Joshua — and had a bath be­cause I was start­ing to get a bit of pain,” she said.

“It then be­came reg­u­lar and I rang Mum at 8pm be­cause she was com­ing over to look af­ter my son. I said, ‘I think some­thing might be hap­pen­ing but I’m not sure’.

“It was all hap­pen­ing re­ally fast; it feels al­most like be­ing out of your body.”

Due the pre­vi­ous Fri­day, Ms Mor­ris called Nor­west Pri­vate Hospi­tal at Baulkham Hills and said she was told to wait un­til the pain wors­ened — but there was no time.

Ms Mor­ris was pack­ing a bag in the bed­room with her part­ner Phil Gra­ham ahead of their sec­ond child be­ing born when her mother Sylvia Mor­ris, of Kel­lyville, ar­rived.

A neigh­bour, Jahn Guthrie, came to help and spoke to a para­medic on the phone, guid­ing Ms Mor­ris’ sup­port­ers as she lay on her back.

“All I can re­mem­ber is just want­ing to push,” she said. “Mum and my neigh­bour seemed like they were re­ally in con­trol of the sit­u­a­tion, so there was no pan­ick­ing or any­thing.”

Her mother de­liv­ered the baby and Mr Gra­ham cut the cord with paramedics.

It was ex­tra spe­cial for Mrs Mor­ris, who cel­e­brated her 69th birth­day — now shared with her grand­daugh­ter.

“She has to be the best birth­day present,” Mrs Mor­ris said.

She said she kept calm dur­ing the un­ex­pected home birth and was on her knees telling her daugh­ter, “You’ll be fine, you’ll be right”.

Mrs Mor­ris said in­stinct kicked in and she was the one to put Lil­liana on Ser­ena’s chest and a towel around her.

But she cred­ited her daugh­ter and grand­daugh­ter for do­ing most of the work.

Pic­ture: Carly Earl

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