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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

One Born Every Minute: Why this series matters

Channel 4 

What a breath of fresh air One Born Every Minute is! The show returned last Monday for its fifth series and it is still as popular as ever in my household.

I only started  watching the show in the middle of the last series and was struck by how endearing and realistic it felt. You have to praise channel four for its portrayal- It doesn’t sugar-coat childbirth, in all the episodes I have watched we have seen blood, lady regions and many tears which is why I watch it. It isn’t like other ‘reality’ shows which are scripted or like soap operas where childbirth is over within half an hour, it gives us the truth.

The real stars of the show, other than the beautiful babies, are the nurses on the maternity wards. In a world where it seems the NHS is constantly scrutinised in the media, it's nice to get to see the millions of positive stories from patients. Even if you're not a fan of those tough to watch birth scenes, it's good that a programme on at 9pm can provide a platform to celebrate the wondrous job the staff at the selected hospitals do.  The variety of women and families on the display here  really give the sense that birth is a uniting activity, one which we shouldn’t be scared of, but we should embrace.

Whilst the NHS is at the forefront of our society and people are always giving birth (which I hope will continue) I can always see an audience for the show which is why it remains relevant in its fifth year. I think ten episodes per series is enough, but I would love to see more series in different hospitals in the future. The series returned to it's lowest ratings, but I still believe it feels as relevant and important as it did when it began in 2009. Long may it continue.

Contributed by Rachel Fernie.

One Born Every Minute Continues Monday's at 9.00pm on Channel 4 

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