Channel 4’s BAFTA-award winning documentary series, One Born Every Minute, is coming to Liverpool with filming of the 7th series of the production set to begin at Liverpool Women’s Hospital this October.
One of only two hospitals in the UK dedicated to the care and treatment of women and their families, Liverpool Women’s Hospital is the largest hospital of its kind and is an internationally recognised Centre of Excellence, boasting some of the most respected clinicians in their field.
Kathryn Thomson, Chief Executive at Liverpool Women’s, said: "We’re delighted that Channel 4 has chosen Liverpool Women’s as the setting for the next series of their BAFTA-winning documentary series, One Born Every Minute. This is the biggest programme about child birth that there is, and we have some of the best midwives and clinicians in the country, so it feels like a perfect partnership. We can’t wait to show off our staff, facilities and of course, our wonderful mums."
"If you are due to give birth during October, November or December and would like to find out more about taking part in this series or ask any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dragonfly on 020 703 32311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, they’d love to hear from you!"
One Born Every Minute celebrates what it really feels like to become a parent, by taking a bustling maternity hospital and filling it with forty remotely-operated cameras, filming 24 hours a day over a 7 week period. Previous series of One Born Every Minute have been filmed in Bristol, Southampton and Leeds and over 150 babies have been born on camera since One Born Every Minute first aired in 2010.
Filming from the reception desk to the neo-natal ward; from the operating theatre to the birthing pool, this life-affirming 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.
No person who has not given consent will be included in the series, and patients are assured that the level of care that they will receive during this period will not be affected by the filming of the series.
Ms Thomson continued: "We would like to reassure our women that they are, of course, under no obligation to be filmed. The Trust and Dragonfly both fully appreciate that the birth of a child is an extremely special time in a family's life and will be working together to accurately reflect what it is like to work and give birth in one of the country's leading maternity hospitals. We’d like to reassure our mums-to-be that, whether they choose to be filmed or not, it will not affect the excellent level of care they each receives at Liverpool Women's."
Sarah Swingler, Head of Dragonfly West, said: "We are really looking forward to filming the seventh series of One Born Every Minute in Liverpool Women's with its great mix of professionalism, warmth and humour”. "Even in recent series, One Born continues to tell compelling and magical stories: mums who make it to the hospital with minutes to spare before delivery, home births, twins and triplets, sick babies defying the odds, dads racing to the hospital, miracle IVF babies, and even a baby born in the hospital car park."
Over the next few weeks, representatives from Dragonfly will be visiting clinics, antenatal classes and parent classes to meet women and families who expect to give birth at Liverpool Women's during the filming period. There is no obligation to talk to them at all, but they would like to hear about your hopes and expectations and also give you the opportunity to ask questions and get more information.
Any research undertaken by Dragonfly is confidential and talking to them, or the hospital, does not oblige you in any way to be involved in the documentary series. However, for those women and families who may be interested in being involved in the series and having a filmed record of their special event, Dragonfly would be especially interested in talking to you. To find out more, call Dragonfly on 020 70332311 or email email@example.com.