One Born Every Minute celebrates what it really feels like to become a parent, by taking a bustling maternity hospital and filling it with 40 remotely-operated cameras, filming 24 hours a day over a seven-week period.
From the reception desk to the neo-natal ward, the operating theatre to the birthing pool, the series captures the beginning of life as it really happens. It 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 of Liverpool Women's Hospital
First time mum Yvonne, who's 41, and her partner Gary, who's 48, thought the opportunity to be parents had passed them by. Yvonne describes herself as 'vintage' so the couple couldn't have been happier when they discovered Yvonne was pregnant. "Not bad for an old bird," Gary jokes. Gary has used his big personality to woo Yvonne from the word go - on an early date he got the whole pub singing along to his karaoke - but can his jokes keep Yvonne smiling as the pain kicks in?
Jennifer, who's 25, and her partner Darran, who's 26, were told at the 20-week scan that their baby had a heart defect but it won't be until she's born that they know how badly it might affect her. All they can do is wait and hope that the first cry their baby gives is a healthy one. Darran is desperate to be a dad but during the labour he struggles with not knowing what they will face when she's born: "My worst fear is for her to not pull through, because she has got that chance of not pulling through." Midwife Delia supports Darran through some of the toughest hours of his life.
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