People Are Calling This Show The 'Best Advert For Contraception’
The four-part docuseries kicked off by introducing us to four couples who were all expecting: first-timers Syler and Mo Nicholson-Bayoumi, an overdue Hermisha Nkrumah and husband Shabazz, first-time dads Paul and Craig Saunders (who were awaiting twin girls via a surrogate) and Helen and Nigel Pierce who were facing parenthood for the fifth time.
It sounds like a heart-warming family show... so why the startled reactions?
For starters: labour. Nobody wants to get the fear before they've been through it themselves, do they?
Or perhaps, it was the sight of parents Helen and Nigel having to cope with five children? Especially when they're trying to get in-labour Helen to hospital and round up all the kids in time.
Maybe it was the fact that Nottinghamshire-based Syler and Mo were set to bring a newborn into Syler's parents' house where her grandad also lives - sounds chaotic, right?
Elsewhere in the show, Hermisha from Bedfordshire was reduced to tears as she waited for her baby girl to arrive.
It does all sound pretty stressful to be fair.
Which is perhaps what prompted one Twitter user to say: "This is the best advert for contraception that I have ever seen #thebabyhaslanded".
And one person tweeted in agreement: "As someone who doesn't have a maternal bone in my body, I'm watching it with a combination of horror, incomprehension and relief.".
The original tweeter responded: "Exactly that - I am absolutely stiff with stress!".
Another commented: "Oh the chaos! Trying to get five small children to sit still for a photo! #thebabyhaslanded".
Elsewhere on Twitter people were stressed by the labour scenes. One said: "So just watched #thebabyhaslanded a new series on BBC2 and deffo nearly had a full on panic attack #26weeks".
But alongside the stresses of parenthood came heartwarming moments such as Hermisha's two children Elijah, seven and Ezrah, five, who comforted their fed up mum and Syler's uncle breaking down when he meets her baby. Cute.
The series is set to introduce two more families over the next three weeks and follow all six journeys to see how each family adjusts.
The BBC said: "This joyful and poignant new documentary series lifts the lid on one of the most intense and extraordinary times in any family's life - the arrival of a new baby."
"Following six families over their first laughter, love and chaos-filled weeks of parenthood, the series provides a window into family life in 2019."
Perhaps if you're not maternal or paternal, this isn't the show for you, but if you want a realistic view of parenthood, get stuck in.
It's been dubbed the new One Born Every Minute, so if you loved that, then it should be top of your watch list.
The Baby Has Landed continues next Wednesday at 9pm on BBC Two
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