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#1 Soontobegran

Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:34 PM

On ABC now.
Have not seen this series before I don't think?

#2 Starrydawn

Posted 15 February 2013 - 12:41 AM

Just finished watching here.  Thought it was great. I think it is a 6 part series.

Wow some sad heart in mouth moments.

I liked that blonde no nonsense midwife.



#3 lactasticmama

Posted 15 February 2013 - 06:31 AM

It appears to be new. I loved it. But then I'm a huge birth junkie and LOVE this stuff wub.gif

I watched it on ABC iview, as I missed it on tv. Very enjoyable.

#4 Soontobegran

Posted 15 February 2013 - 06:44 AM



I think it is the same hospital as 'One Born Every Minute' is filmed at?

Was a little stressful to watch. I felt their frustration of not being able to give the care they wanted to because of lack of staff and an influx of patients.

I also think the lady with the no foetal movements should have had a C/S on admission based on that tracing but lack of staff meant it didn't happen sad.gif

#5 EBeditor

Posted 15 February 2013 - 06:49 AM

It was great but very stressful viewing. I cried half the episode! Also interesting to see how floppy one of the babies was after the mum was having morphine in labour.

#6 glasnost

Posted 15 February 2013 - 09:51 AM

I thought it was interesting too. I was so glad that the baby that needed the blood transfusion was OK.

I had my first two babies in a busy NHS hospital in London so it was intersting to compare my experience. It was obvious that the labour ward in the show was very under resourced and the midwives seemed very rushed. Maybe I was lucky but both times I gave birth in London I felt that there were enough staff and that I was very well cared for.

#7 girltribe4

Posted 15 February 2013 - 09:58 AM

It pretty much matched my experience of giving birth twice in a NHS hospital in London especially the ''induction ward'' with the tiny 4 bed either side bays wink.gif Though that was in 2000 & 2001 , Kings College maternity ward went through a complete renovation just after DD#2 I think .

I was in tears through pretty much the entire show , loved it .

#8 harryhoo

Posted 15 February 2013 - 10:00 AM

Made me want another little newborn... without some of the stress of those births though! Great show.

#9 FeralEsme

Posted 15 February 2013 - 10:04 AM

QUOTE (soontobegran @ 15/02/2013, 04:44 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think it is the same hospital as 'One Born Every Minute' is filmed at?

Was a little stressful to watch. I felt their frustration of not being able to give the care they wanted to because of lack of staff and an influx of patients.

I also think the lady with the no foetal movements should have had a C/S on admission based on that tracing but lack of staff meant it didn't happen sad.gif


Yes, I found that distressing to watch too, she's a few tears actually! I thought it a very good depiction of reality in a busy, understaffed, under resourced hospital though.

#10 EBeditor

Posted 15 February 2013 - 10:04 AM

I actually thought the midwives appeared to be giving quite good care. It seemed effective and empathetic, despite the waits for beds etc. Just as good as care I've received in Australia (which may not be saying much!)

#11 Mianta

Posted 15 February 2013 - 11:44 AM

I used to work in a unit with very similar settings and while I didn't find the situations too distressing, as I guess I have been desensitized, I did find some of the situations very frustrating.

I have been that midwife that has ended up with three labouring patients because of staff shortages or has had some burly husband stand over me and make out it was my fault that his wife's induction has been delayed because there is not enough beds or staff to allow her to labour and birth safely.

This show displays the reality of the public maternity system, even in Australia and I hope it gives people insight into the way midwives work in these conditions, while still giving care that is safe.



#12 suline

Posted 15 February 2013 - 04:12 PM

I was a little bit shocked at the care that baby received at birth that was born pale and covered in meconium. The last thing you do is dry and stimulate them.



#13 Soontobegran

Posted 15 February 2013 - 06:13 PM

QUOTE (Mianta @ 15/02/2013, 12:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This show displays the reality of the public maternity system, even in Australia and I hope it gives people insight into the way midwives work in these conditions, while still giving care that is safe.


I think we could all probably relate last night's episode to many shifts we've experienced. I felt their frustration but admired their resolve. original.gif


QUOTE (suline @ 15/02/2013, 05:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I was a little bit shocked at the care that baby received at birth that was born pale and covered in meconium. The last thing you do is dry and stimulate them.


I do think they slipped up there. That tracing was awful, I think that baby should not have been born vaginally and I do think their patient load came close to having tragic consequences.

#14 **BOOM**

Posted 15 February 2013 - 06:23 PM

Love it. Much better than one born every minute.

More graphic though  huh.gif

How's the midwife with the short blonde hair & glasses....

I think most of us came across a nurse like her...the eye rolling....the firm one....for some "the b**ch"

Love it though DH can't stand these shows so he leaves me to them.

I always cry...every week without fail.

Brings me back to my labours & births. original.gif

#15 starfire

Posted 15 February 2013 - 06:30 PM

I'm glad I caught this show as I recorded it to watch today. It was a little bit confronting especially with some of the births but it was also assuring to know at the same time that while things can go wrong, they can have a good result iykwim.

I liked the midwife with short hair - she sure didn't take any crap lol biggrin.gif but I think it did backfire on her especially when that lady was begging for a room and told her that she was in labour and the midwife refused thinking she wasn't even in labour at all (after the intial examination) and when she finally got a room, she was 9cm dilated! Just to show that we know our bodies best in some cases. wink.gif

#16 ednaboo

Posted 16 February 2013 - 07:30 AM

QUOTE (soontobegran @ 15/02/2013, 07:44 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think it is the same hospital as 'One Born Every Minute' is filmed at?

Was a little stressful to watch. I felt their frustration of not being able to give the care they wanted to because of lack of staff and an influx of patients.

I also think the lady with the no foetal movements should have had a C/S on admission based on that tracing but lack of staff meant it didn't happen sad.gif

I was thinking the same and I'm not even a MW!  I was thinking surely here you would be offered a c/s fairly ptonto?

QUOTE (EBeditor @ 15/02/2013, 07:49 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It was great but very stressful viewing. I cried half the episode! Also interesting to see how floppy one of the babies was after the mum was having morphine in labour.

That mother had diamorpine, not morphine.  Diamorphine is aka heroin.   huh.gif

#17 lucky 2

Posted 17 February 2013 - 06:19 PM

QUOTE
That mother had diamorpine, not morphine. Diamorphine is aka heroin.

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a1026346/diamorphine
Great stuff cough cough, used in early labour according to the article above, not one hour before birth, serious oops for the baby.
I liked the show apart from that baby being flat and needing resus because of the drugs used in labour.

#18 EBeditor

Posted 17 February 2013 - 06:26 PM

Very interesting, thanks for the correction.

Wish I'd been offered that in early, posterior labour rather than pethidine, which did nothing!  wink.gif

#19 Starrydawn

Posted 22 February 2013 - 12:34 AM

Great tonight showing the student midwives. They really go through a lot with their training, I felt stressed for them.

It seems to be a high risk hospital so they get all those. Really interesting and heart in mouth.

#20 Expelliarmus

Posted 22 February 2013 - 05:52 AM

QUOTE (suline @ 15/02/2013, 05:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I was a little bit shocked at the care that baby received at birth that was born pale and covered in meconium. The last thing you do is dry and stimulate them.

What do you do then?


#21 Lishyfips

Posted 22 February 2013 - 05:49 PM

In the second episode, how gorgeous were the student midwives! I can't imagine an 18 year old me in a labour ward being anything like as mature and capable as that girl Chloe - she was fantastic! I loved that in her excitement at seeing a c-section, she told the mother 'I just saw your ovaries and fallopian tubes, they're amazing!'

I really hope that lovely girl from the Congo gets the help and support she needs to get through the course. I'm glad her supervisor was very positive in her evaluation. It would be so daunting having a supervisor looking over your shoulder - I never went through anything so high-pressured in my studies.

#22 redmum77

Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:19 PM

Loving the show. I can't believe the conditions they have to work in (lack of bed and resources etc). What an amazing job they manage to do. I hope things get better soon, here and there, so it's not so crazy. I feel very lucky in my little birth centre here.

Seeing the students is amazing, I'm glad they get three years training, learning those procedures must be petrifying! Also glad they supported the second year student. As she said, her nature and affinity for the women is hard to teach, but the procedures can be taught - I think that's what she meant anyway.

#23 glasnost

Posted 28 February 2013 - 09:17 PM

Wow- just saw the security tags they put on the babies ankles! Puts all the external doors into lockdown if someone tries to steal a baby. Do they have these in Australia?

#24 Soontobegran

Posted 28 February 2013 - 09:35 PM

QUOTE (howdo @ 22/02/2013, 06:52 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What do you do then?

When a baby is born in meconium stained amniotic fluid they must be suctioned out vigorously before they take their first breath. Meconium is a disaster in the lungs so stimulating the baby before it was suctioned was not a good choice.

#25 ~A2~

Posted 28 February 2013 - 09:39 PM

Loving this show too.




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