The Midwives Series Two - Back at Saint Mary's
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
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.
Tune in to BBC Two Tonight! 10th September at 9.00pm for
Episode Four -
The Midwives: A Baby at Any Cost
In this episode, we look at the work of the midwives at
SaintMary's Hospital who help mums and dads through pregnancies
that are high risk or where mums and their babies need extra
Greta and Susan are specialist midwives who run the diabetes
clinic. They care for an increasing number of pregnant women like
Karla who's expecting her third child. But it's not just Karla's
diabetes that needs careful monitoring; her baby has developed an
exomphalus where some of the baby's internal organs
have developed outside the body.
We follow the midwives as they prepare Karla for her birth and
the prospect of her newborn baby having a major operation just 24
In triage, midwife Heather meets Steph who has just collapsed
during a trip to her local supermarket. After becoming pregnant,
Steph was diagnosed with a complex congenital heart condition
putting bothmum and her baby's life at risk. The midwives and the
cardiac team must act quickly if they're to get Stephand her baby
safely through pregnancy.
In the specialist antenatal clinic we meet midwife Charlotte as
she carries out a routine check-up on Paralympian Sophie. Sophie
has a rare genetic condition that causes the most common form of
short limb dwarfism and there's a fifty-fifty chance that Sophie's
baby may inherit the condition.