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The Midwives, Series 1 Episode 5 of 6

This film is set on the maternity ward of Wirral Women and Children's Hospital, near Liverpool. The midwives here look after the mothers who can't or won't be at home in the days before or immediately after their baby is born. Each one of the 26 single en-suite rooms on the ward will present the midwives with a different problem. They see a mix of antenatal and postnatal patients. This means medically high risk mums waiting to have their baby may be staying in the room next door to anxious first time parents.

As the midwives are stretched by the complex needs of parents and a busy ward, the film shows four new mums becoming parents in very different circumstances.

Staying on the ward is a waiting game for some pregnant mums. Claire has been brought into hospital due to health complications and is desperately hoping not to have her baby ten weeks prematurely. Others like first-time mum Holly are sick of being pregnant and desperate for the baby to be induced. On the same ward are new mums shell-shocked by the double trauma of a difficult labour and a new baby, and a fifth-time mum looking for relative peace and quiet as she gets to know her new baby.

Release date:

1 hour

Last on

Thu 30 Aug 2012 23:30


Role Contributor
NarratorRupert Houseman
ComposerTim Goalen
Assistant ProducerEmma Hayes
Production ManagerJackie McKinney-Dyer
Executive ProducerCharlotte Moore
DirectorCharlie Russell
Executive ProducerZac Beattie
ProducerLucy Morgan
DirectorLucy Morgan

"The pressures and emotions of being new" - BBC TV Blog

Jess - Midwives - BBC Two

“It's an empowering, intimate moment looking after women in their most vulnerable time.”