One Born Every Minute

Series 4 - Episode 2

One Born Every Minute
Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

Amid all the groaning, whimpering, screaming and pushing going on in St James’s maternity assessment centre (a sort of A&E for pregnant women
in Leeds), the midwives are having a hilarious conversation. They’re discussing a lotus birth, which is when the umbilical cord and placenta are left attached to the newborn baby (and carried around in a lavender bag) until they detach themselves naturally. “Ooh, nobody would be friends with you,” says one in disgust before snorting, “Babies have been born for millions of years without that carry-on.”

Sam, 24, and Claire, 20, both manage to have their first babies without “that carry-on”.

About this programme

2/14. The stories of two strong women offering their daughters plenty of support during labour after unplanned pregnancies. Twenty-three-year-old Sam went off the rails as a teenager, running away from home and ending up sleeping rough, before meeting her partner Biaggio, and the couple are grateful to have Sam's mum by their side. Claire, 20, always knew she wanted her mother to be there in the delivery room, but deciding whether boyfriend Clint should be present wasn't as easy.

Cast and crew


Executive Producer
Peter Moore
Series Director
Emily Smith
Series Producer
Dominique Foster