A promotional image from the TV series One Born Every Minute. Supplied by ABC TV publicity website. STV.
A promotional image from the TV series One Born Every Minute. Supplied by ABC TV publicity website. STV.

Try to be a sucker for newborns with One Born Every Minute

HUMANITY is under the microscope, thanks to 44 strategically placed maternity ward cameras, in one of the reality stable's most endearing shows: One Born Every Minute.

Ok, so you gotta be a sucker for a newborn and it helps if you have had kids of your own.

Because, trust me, as soon as Shaneisha in Room 4 starts screaming for the gas and air, as soon as Carol in Room 12 starts packing her bags mid-contraction in a futile attempt to actually leave the scene, or when Paul rips into his fourth packet of crisps as he nervously watches his vomiting wife who cannot keep a thimble of water down - you will be flung back in time to your own baby experiences quicker than you can say Braxton Hicks.

This was one of my favourite shows to watch while I was pregnant.

Now, it's even better. Now I guffaw as Carol's eyes pop out of her head when she's denied an epidural or when birth plans involving Enya, soy candles and essential oils are ripped to shreds.

It's not malicious, it's simply a nod to a truly ghastly shared experience that thankfully comes with a beautiful ending.

When the fog of horror recedes, we only remember the good bits. By some hormonal trick, hours and hours of sheer hell vanish in an instant when you hold that little squirming bundle in your arms.

It's precisely that nostalgia that this superbly-edited show triggers in us all.

There is a US version, but the UK one is much better. Somehow over-the-top behaviour from Yanks - hormone-induced or not - is a bit ho-hum these days. Been there, seen that.

But when the prim and propers lose it, really lose it, it is almost too riveting. Special mention must be made of the hilarious nursing staff - particularly their love for enormous cups of tea, a biscuit and polite pay-outs of their patients.
Always a happy ending, always a few tears. This is a delightful emotional rollercoaster.


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