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The Midwives

We hope that you enjoyed The Midwives series that was broadcast at 9.00 pm on BBC2 over six weeks from 31st July until 3rd September.  Four of the six episodes focused on different aspects of midwifery care at Saint Mary's Hospital - the delivery unit, student midwives, specialist maternity care, and community midwifery.

The ambition was to create a documentary series to be proud of, showcasing our Midwifery and Maternity services and the excellent care we provide to women and babies from across the region.

Average viewing figures for each episode were in excess of 2 million. In comparison, the Great Ormond Street programme (same channel and time slot) had viewing average figures of 1.4 million.


Review from The Midwives:

"Variously unsettling close-ups last week of the insides of straining thighs: during every overhead shot following the Eton Dorney rowers, of course, and then on The Midwives.

"Such an unashamed attempt to cash in on the unexpected successes of whatever they were called, Call the Midwife, One Midwived Every Minute, Midwives 90210 and the rest, that I was determined to hate it but it was lovely.

"Mainly the eye-opener was the midwives' ability to act towards the mothers. These midwives were quietly moving some newborns to corner rooms and demanding defibrillation, oxygen, ordering a complete change of blood, and internally they were hugely panicked about a baby's life, yet beamed nothing to the parents but beatific reassurance. So far they've been wonderful, knackered and right, and I'm now as gripped as tightly as during my own forceps birth."

The Observer - 5/8/12

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