"PUSH" Lloyd said.
Natalie pushed with all her might and threw her head back. Lloyd said,
"Natalie that was great, but you have to keep pushing for me okay?"
Natalie pushed again and let out a blood curling scream, Lloyd and Erica both knew she was in a tremendous amount of pain. Lloyd softly said (to Natalie),
"You need to push a lot harder, the baby doesn't seem to be coming out."
"What, what do you mean it's not coming out. Oww...contraction."
"Okay, push. 1,2,3,4..."
Just after Natalie began pushing again, Ray and Shea arrived at the apartment, and immediately ran into the room where Natalie was. Ray was shocked, he said,
"Lowery, what are you doing?"
"You told me to take care of it, so I am. Ray get on her other side and hold her other hand, she needs all the support you can give. Shea, just stand behind me."
"Okay, it's time to push again."
Natalie nodded her head.
"On my count, one, two, three, PUSH"
Natalie pushed while Erica and Ray held her hands and Lloyd counted.
This continued on for another half an hour.
After this last push, Natalie had just about had enough. She said,
"That's it, I can't do this anymore, it just hurts too much."
The team exchanged worried looks. Lloyd was the first one to speak, he said,
"Listen, I know this hurts a lot, and I know your tired, but you need to do this for your baby. Your baby needs you. This will be over soon, just breathe. I'm right here."
Erica spoke next. She said,
"Dr's right. You need to do this for your baby. I've been through this, I know what your feeling, but it the end, it is all worth it because of the beautiful baby that will be in your arms."
Ray nodded. He said,
"Both of them are right. This hurts like hell, but in the end it's all worth it. My ex-wife said the same stuff when she was in labor with our daughter, in the end, she didn't regret a thing."
"Alright then, it's time to push again, 1, 2, 3, GO!"
Natalie began to push again and let out a scream. She held Ray and Erica's hands with an iron grip. Everyone was giving her words of encouragement, even Shea.
Ten minutes later, a small, high pitched cry was heard from Lloyd's hands.
"Congratulations, it's a girl."
Lloyd wrapped the baby up in a towel and handed her to Natalie. Natalie had a smile on her face. She said,
"Thank you, all of you, I couldn't have done this alone."
Everyone smiled. Erica said,
"She's beautiful, what are you going to name her?"
"I don't know, how about you guys name her, you brought her into this world."
The room was silent. Ray said,
"Charlotte, Charlie for short."
Everyone knew what that name meant. Natalie said,
"Okay, Charlie it is. What about a middle name?"
Natalie said, "Alright, welcome to the world Charlotte Marisol."
Everyone began to tear up. Natalie asked,
"Where did you guys come up with this name?"
"Charlie, was a friend of ours who died recently. Marisol is his wife's name."
Natalie said, "I love it"
Everyone had a warm feeling in their hearts as they gazed at the new baby girl they helped bring into the world."