Groundbreaking C4 maternity documentary returns to screens

Staff at Southampton’s Princess Anne Hospital will be back in the national spotlight on Monday (10 January) with the return of Channel 4’s One Born Every Minute.

Series two of the BAFTA award-winning maternity documentary, which was filmed over six weeks using more than 40 fixed cameras, will consist of 12 one-hour episodes and give viewers a chance to follow expectant mothers and their families from the very start of the birthing journey.

Some of the same characters return to the screen, including head of midwifery Maria Dore and midwives Kay Duggan and Ros Bradbury, but the nation will be introduced to new midwives, consultants and dozens of new mums and dads, as well as a set of triplets and twins.

The second series comes just two weeks after special broadcast One Born at Christmas, which featured a host of festive babies born at the Princess Anne and incorporated Channel 4’s renowned alternative Christmas message, which was delivered by a team of Southampton midwives.

Viewers will get another glimpse of life on the wards from all angles, from the reception desk and the neonatal unit, to the operating theatre and the birthing pool.

One Born Every Minute’s major online initiative – www.channel4.com/born – will also return to give fans and prospective parents an interactive and educational insight into the realities of giving birth.

“The fantastic feedback we received during and after the first series of One Born Every Minute showed that viewers really valued the opportunity to witness real birth experiences, but this is something that had never been given a proper platform in the media before,” said Maria.

“That's why we are all extremely excited for the launch of series two and the opportunity to invite viewers to join us once again in sharing with new mothers and their families that unique and intimate experience of birth.”

One Born Every Minute starts Monday at 9pm on Channel 4

Posted on Friday 7 January 2011