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One Born Every Minute

The latest series of popular documentary One Born Every Minute, filmed at Southmead Hospital Bristol, started on Monday, February 24 at 9pm.

Filming of the Channel 4 programme, which captures births on camera, was carried out at the West Country’s busiest maternity unit last autumn.

The series features mums, dads and staff as new babies are welcomed at the Southmead Hospital unit, which is run by North Bristol NHS Trust. 

It is the fifth series of the BAFTA-award winning documentary and includes the 150th baby born on camera since the show first aired in 2010. 

Independent television production company Dragonfly captured the powerful stories and births using 40 remotely-operated cameras, filming 24 hours a day over 11 weeks.

Footage was captured from the reception desk to the neo-natal ward; from the operating theatre to the birthing pool and features  the dramatic, emotional and often funny moments that go hand in hand with bringing a new life into the world, from the perspective of the soon-to-be parents and family, as well as the hospital staff.

The series opens with the stories of three sets of parents-to-be including an expectant father who runs the risk of missing his daughter’s birth and one of the midwifery team helps her next-door neighbour through an emotional labour.

One Born Every Minute

Director of midwifery at North Bristol NHS Trust, Ann Remmers, said: “We were very pleased to give the One Born Every Minute cameras the chance to film inside Southmead Hospital’s maternity unit and to highlight the work of our excellent team. Having seen some of the episodes we think viewers will enjoy seeing behind the scenes of our maternity unit watching the personal stories of families unfold and seeing our caring and friendly staff.

"Birth is a life changing event and we think the programme has managed to capture this special time for families very well. We would like to thank all the women and their families and staff who were involved in One Born Every Minute."

Amy Joyce, producer of the fifth series of One Born Every Minute, said: "It's been such a privilege to be a part of so many amazing birth stories at Southmead Hospital this year. Our heartfelt thanks to all the wonderful parents and fantastic staff for letting us into their lives."

North Bristol NHS Trust provides a full range of maternity care, both in the community and in hospital, to women within Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, at Southmead Hospital and Cossham Birth Centre.

More than 6,000 babies are born with the service a year and their dedicated midwives, doctors, maternity/healthcare assistants and support staff are committed to giving personalised care of the highest standard.

The new series of One Born Every Minute starts on Channel 4 at 9pm on Monday February 24.