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NOW CLOSED Add your views on last night's episode of "One Born Every Minute" (17 Jan, Ch 4, 9pm) and you could win a £50 Amazon voucher

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 17-Jan-11 14:30:51

Channel 4 have asked Mumsnet to find out what you think about their new series of One Born Every Minute. The second episode is tonight - Channel 4 at 9pm - it is a 12 part series.

We've recruited a special panel of volunteer viewers to add their comments to this thread. Channel 4 don't have specific questions for you - they are interested in your general comments and thoughts about all aspects of the programme and the debate this generates. The panel are a mix of Mumsnetters, all of whom are parents, some pregnant, some not, some have seen the programme before, others haven't.

They would also love any other Mumsnetters - ie folks NOT in the panel - to add their comments here. Anyone who contributes to this thread will be entered into a prize draw where one winner, drawn at random, will win a £50 Amazon voucher.

So, please post your thoughts and comments on the programme below. We'd welcome 'live' feedback during the broadcast as well as a comment at the end. If you can't post during the broadcast please add your thoughts by the end of Tues Jan 18th.

Additionally - if you haven't already - do have a look at the extra info about the series on the One Born Every Minute website - and let us know on this thread what you think about it.

If you are a panel member please identify yourself as one when you first post.

Many thanks and enjoy!
MNHQ

duffedup Wed 10-Oct-12 20:59:19

ha thought this was for current one website still isnt great .

duffedup Wed 10-Oct-12 20:56:20

website was not fun to be on, hard work to get where you wanted not sure how a lot of the info was relevant really. love the show though.

delilahbelle Thu 19-Jan-12 21:56:50

cluttered and untidy website - not the sort of thing i will be going back to.

thanks muchly for vouchers, much appreciated and buying some camping accessories grin

kingprawntikka Sun 23-Jan-11 10:19:54

I got some books and CD's. Thank you Mumsnet.

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me too!

the items gone though, lol.

Yay, just got my voucher.

Thank you very much. Hope they got the sort of feedback they wanted.

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 20-Jan-11 23:10:32

Totoros...we're hoping to do the emails tomorrow - if not then very early next week.

Has anyone been emailed their voucher yet? Theres somehting on a special at amazon and i'm itching to buy it!

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 19-Jan-11 10:00:56

Many thanks to all panel members and non panel members for adding your comments - much appreciated!

Am pleased to say Dylthan was pulled out of the 'hat' as the winner of the £50 Amazon voucher...well done.

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moaningminniewhingesagain Tue 18-Jan-11 22:28:23

I loved it. Loved the last series too but the Christmas ones were very poor.

Lydia - too flaming calm and beautiful! Not fair! They seem like a very cute couple. But why was she having her waters broken, it all seemed to be going smoothly, seemed like unneccessary interference to me but there may be something I don't know.

I'm just going to break your waters now - not exactly my idea of asking consent - rather a statement that we are doing it, the end. She may have discussed it beforehand and agreed, I don't know, but it made me wish she had a doula or someone to say 'Why are you doing ARM?Why can't she just carry on, she was coping beautifully.'

Tandeyi - lovely birth, the baby looked a whopper and each time the babies are born I am itching to know the weights. None of my business I know, but I just need to know

The other couple - A lovely normal couple again and a fab birth.

Only had a quick look at the website but it doesn't look very appealing.

twirlymum Tue 18-Jan-11 21:17:07

Really liked Maxwell and Tandeyi (sp?)
I found it interesting that she had wanted a natural birth without pain relief, just as women had in her home country (Zimbabwe? Can't remember). She seemed to think she owed it to them to try and do it without drugs.

ohmeohmy Tue 18-Jan-11 20:57:49

better than last week but still don't think the midwives come off particularly well. That comment about the epidural not affecting the baby?!! surely incompetent. I think it is a shame that the midwives don't do more to get the birth partners more involved, tell them their job is to love and cherish this person while they are giving birth, to support them and advocate for them. Not gurn in the corner or spend their time texting. THe midwives just seem to reinforce their fears 'you won't be able to do anything right later on?' just not true.

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Lastyearsmodel Tue 18-Jan-11 20:03:31

Panel member...

I agree with swallowed about not having too many women in one episode. Tendayi and Max's story felt rushed at the end - they'd done a lot of talking throughout the episode then she was asking for the epidural, being told to push and the baby was born (although that was the most graphic birth shot I can remember seeing so far; the camera angles otherwise have been very, um, dignified).

I am so surprised at how many women give birth on the bed.

Thoughts about after the babies are born - I haven't seen many (any?) shots of breastfeeding immediately afterwards, not much skin-to-skin and no talk of what the midwives might be doing just out of shot (ie sewing up tears, monitoring blood loss, etc). Which makes me wonder what the remit of the programme is - is it to shed light on the total experience of childbirth, warts and all? Is it to show a few women's differing experiences but to stop short of some of the harsher truths? I suppose my views will depend on how the series pans out.

Some of the logistics boggle my brain as well - just how many pregnant women's stories must they have had to follow to get enough material for a series? Just finding all those owmen in one area of the country willing to have their birth filmed (both consenting beforehand and still wanting to once they'd been through it).

I've noticed a big difference in attitude between the younger midwives who possibly haven't given birth and the older ones (some of whom also haven't given birth). The older ones seem to take a long view, treat everyone in a similar way and are less concerned with chatting and getting on with everyone - they just know how to do their job and concentrate on that. Some of the younger ones have made some comments that would have really annoyed me 'screaming isn't helping', etc.

Website: I like the chance to watch more detailed footage of some couples. Lydia's calm, natural waterbirth is particularly inspiring for younger mothers. Navigation is a bit confusing but overall I think it does the job. I wonder if there's a reason they don't link to info on becoming a midwife?

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Lastyearsmodel Tue 18-Jan-11 19:03:19

Oops, forgot to say 'I'm a panel member' when I first posted.

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Lastyearsmodel Tue 18-Jan-11 15:46:36

Jeez, my midwives moaned it was hard to see what was going on me as I was on all fours - how can see anything in the pool?

Aw, wow what a great birth. I can't imagine I would cry any harder if I were in the room with them. It's a right sobathon here every week.

Lastyearsmodel Tue 18-Jan-11 15:40:39

Lydia's sister pukes at other people's smear tests? She's gonna love this then...

They're breaking her waters - will they let her back in the pool?

OK, Anna's been sick - why are they letting her stay in the room and take nursing resources away from a labouring woman?

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