BBC Two The Midwives - back for series two!
Everyday we rely on
Midwives to look after us and to bring our children safely into the
world. But we¹re in the middle of the biggest baby boom in 40 years
and the NHS is under pressure like never before.
Pregnancies are more complicated and parents more demanding. So,
what¹s it like to be a midwife in Britain today?
This documentary series for BBC TWO is a moving, revealing and
heart-warming look at the work of our midwives.
Filming with our midwives at Saint Mary's, as well as other
hospitals across the North West, this series shows the
extraordinary responsibility we lay upon our midwives and the
difficult situations and decisions they face every day. We see them
juggling NHS resources and the need to meet patients demands.
We see them dealing with single mums, wealthy families, tearful
teens and medical emergencies. We are with them in the most
intimate and sometimes challenging situations and we discover that
there's much more to being a midwife than just catching the baby.
From the frontline of one of the busiest delivery units in the
country, to helping women get through their high pregnancies
against the odds; from protecting babies once they go home, to
learning to become a midwife for the first time, this series
reveals what it's like to be a midwife in Britain today.
The Midwives, Episode One - Expect the
In this episode we follow the
midwives at Saint Mary's Hospital, Manchester working on the busy
delivery suite. For parents birth is a moment of joy, but things
don't always go to plan and midwives are on hand to guide couples
through what can often be the most frightening time in their
Lesley used to be a dental nurse but when she had a difficult
birth herself she was so inspired by the care she received that she
retrained to become a midwife herself. Now she knows first hand
just how unpredictable and difficult the job can be. She is looking
after Neelam who has type 1 diabetes and has been an in-patient at
the hospital for two months. Her pregnancy is putting
increased strain on her already fragile kidneys and she needs
constant monitoring. Luckily for midwife Lesley, Neelam's
mother turns up with some natural remedies that she hopes will
speed up her birth including a plant root that apparently helps to
open the womb! Midwife Gemma is looking after Helen who is having
her fourth baby with husband Ben. Helen is anxious about the
birth and for very good reason - 21 weeks into a previous pregnancy
she lost a baby.
Thanks to the work of Bereavement Midwives like Vicky and Emma,
we learn how they help couples like Helen and Ben come to terms
with their loss. Meanwhile Lesley also has to keep an eye on
32-year-old Liza who is pregnant with twins and hoping to deliver
naturally. Whilst Lesley likes twins as they are "double the
trouble," she gets more than she's bargained for as Liza's birth
becomes increasingly more complicated.