LABOUR­ING THE POINT

BABY JOY BRINGS WITH IT THE TER­RI­FY­ING RE­AL­I­SA­TION THAT LIFE ISN’T ABOUT TO GET ANY EAS­IER FOR THE THOMAS FAM­ILY AS Ash­ley’s DE­MEN­TIA WORS­ENS.

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Near­ing her due date, Lau­rel Thomas isn’t find­ing any time to re­lax as the daily rigours of cop­ing with run­ning a bustling house­hold and car­ing for her hus­band Ash­ley – who has de­men­tia – keep weigh­ing her down.

Un­able to take ma­ter­nity leave from the fac­tory due to be­ing the fam­ily’s sole bread­win­ner, Lau­rel (Char­lotte Bel­lamy) shocks her boss Rishi (Bhasker Pa­tel) by ask­ing for more work. While de­ter­mined to sol­dier on, Lau­rel does ac­cept Ash­ley’s (John Mid­dle­ton) in­vi­ta­tion for a re­lax­ing coun­try­side pic­nic – but the mood sours as they face the prospect of an un­cer­tain fu­ture. Once the baby’s born, Lau­rel knows she’ll be cop­ing with it largely sin­gle­hand­edly.

That re­al­ity comes faster than Lau­rel an­tic­i­pated when she re­turns home, only for her waters to break while Ash­ley’s run­ning her a bath! With con­trac­tions com­ing on strong and fast, Lau­rel de­camps to the liv­ing room and is forced to give birth at home when the am­bu­lance is de­layed! She’s glad to have Ash­ley by her side but as he helps her through the de­liv­ery of their girl Dotty, Lau­rel can’t shut out the ag­o­nis­ing fear that he’ll suf­fer an­other mem­ory black­out which will leave her help­less and alone...

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