Is there really one baby born every minute?

As Channel 4's maternity hospital ob-doc returns for its eighth series, here are the facts about giving birth in Britain...

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Tissues at the ready. One Born Every Minute is back on our TV screens tonight (9pm on Channel 4) for its eighth season. Pretty impressive for a show that can make the most hardy viewer feel a tad squeamish.

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After years of watching the miracle of childbirth (almost) firsthand, you’d think we’d be experts when it comes to placentas and pethidine. But is one baby really born every minute? How many are born at home? And what does the average birth look like in Britain?

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Here are the facts behind all that emotion…