Princess Anne maternity documentary wins BAFTA honour

A groundbreaking documentary filmed at Southampton’s Princess Anne Hospital has been named best factual series at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards.

Channel 4’s One Born Every Minute, filmed over the period of a month using 40 fixed cameras, consisted of eight one-hour episodes that took viewers into the lives of expectant mothers and their families.

The programme, which was also integrated with a successful online initiative at www.channel4.com/born, beat competition from BBC Three’s Blood, Sweat and Takeaways, BBC One’s Who Do You Think You Are? and another C4 nomination, The Family.

Among the many poignant stories of the series was that of 22-year-old Lisa Hall, whose baby Jack had to be delivered by emergency caesarean 25 days early and was immediately taken to the neonatal intensive care unit.

He had to be treated for a condition called gastroschisis, where a hole in the abdomen causes some of the bowel (intestine) to come through to the outside of the body.

More than 3.5million people tuned in as Lisa, with her partner Will, held Jack after a ten-day wait and saw the family head back to Dorset County Hospital after a month in Southampton until he was well enough to go home.

Dr Jane Rogers, consultant midwife at the Princess Anne Hospital, Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "We are all absolutely delighted for Channel 4 and production company Dragonfly TV on achieving such a coveted honour for what was a truly remarkable series created on the wards of our hospital and in the homes of our patients.

“The series offered viewers a real insight into the birthing experience – from following the emotional journeys of families, to the pleasures and challenges that staff face every day on maternity wards – and feedback from people across the country has been extremely positive."

Posted on Monday 7 June 2010