If you’re squeamish or already scared to death about childbirth then last night’s One Born Every Minute probably wasn’t the thing to be watching.
That said, the award winning Channel 4 documentary really brings back what prime time television should be about. 40 cameras in the maternity unit at Princess Anne hospital in Southampton film the ladies in labour right through to birth.
Last series there was the average shouting and crying but the new series, which kicked off last night was nothing like I’d ever seen.
Married mum to be (spoilt) Stephanie, screamed the place down with ever contraction, so much so that I had to turn the volume down. I don’t know how the midwives coped with it, but the patience and help from them is what every maternity unit needs. Thankfully an epidural calmed her down but the screams were enough to frighten 18 year old Janet, who in contrast was sitting quietly and getting on with it in the next room.
However, it was her boyfriend who really got us interested. Unlike many 18 year old prospective fathers Ralph was supportive and more mature than a lot of older fathers. He also had me in tears at the end when he was filmed sitting on a chair staring at his son and crying tears of happiness.