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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 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.

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 special care.

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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 hours old.

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.