'One Born Every Minute' Fans Will Love Suranne Jones' New BBC Childbirth Series
The BBC show, Life and Birth will be set at maternity wards at Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope Hospital - which are based in Birmingham - as well as Birmingham Women's Hospital.
Set across six episodes, the series will offer unprecedented access into two NHS trusts, following families in antenatal clinics, delivery suites and operating theatres.
Beyond the labour ward, the show will tell the stories of those working within the NHS, who are key to delivering healthy babies and providing ongoing maternity care.
From early scans, to pre-term complications, life-saving surgery and specialist care for women who have sadly lost a pregnancy, the programme will capture the reality of life inside all areas of the maternity unit.
The show will also highlight the incredible hard work from doctors and midwives every single day. *And* it's from the makers of BAFTA award-winning BBC show Ambulance - so it's fair to say we're expecting big things.
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The first episode follows 22-year-old mum-of-one Ashleigh, who goes into labour with her partner Luke by her side.
"A lot of people do try to make out like pregnancy is full of rainbows and magic. It's not this big bubble of glitter that everybody makes out," she explains.
"But you are over the moon and happy when you are handed that baby at the end. That's the part that makes everything worth it."
With multiple camera crews across all hospitals, the series will be documentary style, but there will also be graphics of social media messages shared between loved ones, to bring the programme to life even further.
"Building on the signature techniques developed on our hit series Ambulance and Surgeons, we've combined cinematic prime lenses with the intimacy of the rig, and an innovative layer of social media to create a new BBC One brand with an incredibly diverse cast and - we hope - universal appeal," explained Richard Bond, creative director of production company, Dragonfly.
"Warm, funny and truthful, often nail-bitingly tense, and always deeply emotional, this is 360 storytelling at its best."
While there is no release date just yet, Life and Birth is due to hit BBC One this spring.
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