'First Ladies', Children witnessing childbirth, Composer Charlotte Bray

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Jools Oliver recently gave birth to her fifth child with husband Jamie watched by their 12 and 14 year-old daughters who cut the cord. How common is it for children to witness childbirth and what issues does it raise? Mother-of-three Viviene Pettitt whose 4 year-old witnessed her son's birth is in discussion with Jacque Gerrard, director for England at the Royal College of Midwives.

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Giving Birth In Front Of Your Children


Role Contributor
PresenterJenni Murray
ProducerAnne Peacock
Interviewed GuestLilian Cunningham
Interviewed GuestViviene Pettitt
Interviewed GuestJacque Gerrard
Interviewed GuestDaniele
Interviewed GuestGraeme
Interviewed GuestHayley Guest
Interviewed GuestCharlotte Bray

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