This episode revisits the midwives at Birmingham Women's Hospital, one of the country's busiest delivery units. With nearly 600 births a month and only 21 beds, it is a constant juggling act for the midwives coping with an increasing number of high risk mums.
The community midwives of Manchester's Saint Mary's Hospital are responsible for almost 5,000 newborn babies every year. Every day they are trying to spot the mums who might need more than just a cursory examination - determining which mums will cope easily with a new baby and which ones might struggle.
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 medic...
In this episode at Birmingham Women's Hospital we meet midwife Maureen who prefers to work on the birth centre where birthing pools, aromatherapy massage oils and 'a bit of witchcraft' are all on offer to help deliver babies as nature intended.