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A ground-breaking look at the drama and emotion of a maternity unit, from the perspective of the parents-to-be and the maternity ward staff

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A ground-breaking look at the drama and emotion of a maternity unit, from the perspective of the parents-to-be and the maternity ward staff

Series 1 Summary

Every minute of every day, a baby is born in Britain. One Born Every Minute celebrates what it really feels like to become a parent, by filling a bustling maternity hospital with 40 cameras.

Filming from the reception desk to the neo-natal ward; from the operating theatre to the birthing pool, this ground-breaking and tender new series observes the dramatic, emotional and often funny moments that go hand in hand with bringing a new life into the world, from the perspective of the soon-to-be parents and family, as well as the hospital staff.

  • Episode 1

    Tracy is in labour with her fourth child. She's calm and upbeat about her labour until the heart rate of her baby slows and the midwife must race to deliver her baby quickly.

  • Episode 2

    Sam is in labour with her first child and finding the pain unbearable. Her boyfriend Ed's feeling the pressure too. And midwife Kay ponders her career after realising that she delivered Ed.

  • Episode 3

    Lisa's baby Jack has been born with his bowel outside his body. His first few days are critical. Meanwhile, midwife Dominique is determined that Sarah will have the natural birth she wants.

  • Episode 4

    Kelly comes in to have her fifth baby. Her last one was delivered just three minutes after her waters broke. Meanwhile, Joy has undergone five years of IVF, and after days of waiting in hospital, there's still no sign of Baby.

  • Episode 5

    Two young mums-to-be come in to the hospital at the end of unexpected pregnancies. And for their mothers it's time to face up to their girls becoming somebody else's mum.

  • Episode 6

    Two mothers are about to give birth to their first babies while two fathers are trying to work out their role in the birthing process. And the midwives reminisce about memorable births.

  • Episode 7

    This episode observes the remarkable and often uplifting situations that occur every day in the neonatal unit: the stories of the babies so premature or poorly they need extra care.

  • Episode 8

    In the last episode of the series, 19-year-old Steff goes under general anaesthetic for an emergency caesarean, and lesbian couple Becky and Annie endure an exhausting long labour.

One Born Every Minute synopsis

A ground-breaking look at the drama and emotion of a maternity unit, from the perspective of the parents-to-be and the maternity ward staff

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