One Born Every Minute to be filmed at Southmead Hospital

Monday, 15 July 2013

Independent television production company Dragonfly is to film the new series of the hugely popular ‘One Born Every Minute’ at Southmead Hospital.

The new series will feature mums, dads, staff and babies born at Southmead Hospital during the autumn and will air early in 2014.

One Born Every Minute with capture the powerful stories and moments at baby is born using 40 remotely-operated cameras, filming 24 hours a day over an 11 week period.

Filming from the reception desk to the neo-natal ward; from the operating theatre to the birthing pool, this ground-breaking and tender series captures the beginning of life as it really happens.

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

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

Some filming may also take place at the new Cossham Birth Centre, which opened in January this year.

The first series of One Born Every Minute was first broadcast in 2010 and won a BAFTA for best factual series.

It will be the fifth series of One Born Every Minute and is due to be broadcast on Channel 4 in 2014.

The previous four series of One Born Every Minute have were watched by up to five million viewers each week.

The series also produced Channel 4’s very popular ‘Life Begins’ website. This major website features additional clips from the series, information about giving birth and different birthing options such as home births for example, plus an opportunity for the hospital team to answer viewers’ questions.

Looking for pregnant women to take part

The ‘One Born Every Minute’ production team are looking for pregnant women and their families to take part in the new series.

Ian Osprey, Assistant Producer, said: “We are really keen to show a wide variety of births and would love to follow the journeys and experiences of a diverse range of families.

“If you or anyone you know is due to give birth at Southmead Hospital between August and November 2013, then we would love to hear from you.”

Anyone interested in taking part in the series can contact the production team on 0117 203 34 22 or email