- Radio Times
- Review by:
- Emma Perry
One of the mums giving birth today is Charlotte, a midwife who usually works on the unit. It adds an extra dimension of emotional involvement to an already engaging programme. The colleague who has to attend the delivery is nervous about helping her friend, while Charlotte finds all her theory goes out of the window in the face of her own labour.
Talking of theory, One Born Every Minute is a curious hit, really. Who’d have thought people would want to watch endless traumatic incidents week after week? But then this is life-and-death stuff; a thriller with a very high percentage of happy endings.
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This episode features unexpected twins, and the tables are turned when one of the midwives arrives for labour. Neither mum wants intervention or an epidural; they both want to do it naturally. But Mother Nature can influence even the best-laid birth plans.
Julie's expecting twins and Charlotte is a professional midwife who has delivered dozens of babies. Will their labours pass without complications?
Expecting her first baby is Charlotte (26), one of the Leeds General Infirmary's midwives. Charlotte and her husband James (29) have been together for nine years: 'I loved her from the moment I saw her to this moment right now,' says James.
They have been married for a year and fell pregnant quickly, even though Charlotte has polycystic ovaries. Charlotte is very passionate about her job and hopes that her own birth experience will help her care more sensitively for women in childbirth.
There's excitement on the delivery suite and Charlotte's colleagues give her the red carpet treatment. Everyone wants the birth to go smoothly and Charlotte wants a low-risk water birth with as little intervention as possible.
But even midwives have to follow the laws of nature and when her waters break, there's meconium, which means the baby needs monitoring and Charlotte won't be able to have the water birth she planned. Will Charlotte remember the advice she's given to all those mums in the past?
At 35, Julie Reid is 10 years older than her partner Nick and she has two children, aged 11 and 14, from a previous relationship. She says she didn't want more children herself, but agreed to have 'just one more' because Nick kept pestering her for a child of their own.
A scan showed she was expecting twins, which is not what she bargained for. Julie wants to have her twins naturally and ideally without pain relief. But with one baby lying breech, will Julie's birth go according to her plan?