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The Baby Makers Episode 1 of 4

The Baby Makers joins couples on their emotional journey going through fertility treatment in Northern Ireland. This time we meet a couple having IVF for the fourth time and a couple who are desperate for a second child.

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30 minutes

Last on

Tue 27 Nov 2012 22:00
BBC Two Northern Ireland

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About the programme

The Baby Makers is a four-part observational documentary series that follows couples on their emotional journey through fertilitytreatment in Northern Ireland.

The series follows couples as they experience the highs and lows of treatment as they strive to conceive anew baby. Viewers will also get to see the step-by-step process of IVF and the delicate scientific procedure which takes place in the fertility clinic laboratory.

In programme one of the series we meet Adrienne and Adrian, who are having fertility treatment for the fourth time. Adrienne says; “It is an emotional roller-coaster. You have very good days where you feel very upbeat, it’s going to work. You have to feel positive and then other days that you think, why are we doing this again?”

Within this first programme we also meet Alison and Shean who long for a second child. Alison recalls the early days with her son; “It was probably one of the best moments of my life, bringing him home from hospital. We were so proud of him. Once we had Kyle we decided we would like to have another child or children to make a family unit… and then obviously, this time around we thought it would just happen again the same way, but after two years of trying we decided to go to the doctors again and that is when we got referred straight away to the Royal Victoria.”

Throughout the rest of the series we meet Jude and Brian who are having fertility treatment for the first time; Eilish a woman whose IVF treatment resulted in the birth of twins, a 24 year old who has made the unusual decision to donate her eggs and a woman who wants to freeze her eggs for use in the future.

The Baby Makers witnesses the work of embryologists, doctors and nurses who specialise in fertility treatment, hoping to make these would be parent’s dreams come true.

Edel O’Mahony, Director says; “We are very privileged to have witnessed the real journeys of these women and men as they go through fertility treatment. While it can sometimes be a harrowing experience, with no guarantee of a successful outcome, these stories show us how scientific advances have not only given us more choice but more importantly more hope.”

Baby Makers is a Waddell Media Production For BBC One Northern Ireland.


Role Contributor
ProducerEdel O'Mahony
DirectorEdel O'Mahony
Executive ProducerJannine Waddell