One Born Ev­ery Minute

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Thurs­day, 9.35pm, SBS One If you want re­ally real re­al­ity TV, then have a look at this episode in the third se­ries of the pro­duc­tion about women giv­ing birth. This week it’s in Leeds In­fir­mary, where three very dif­fer­ent women talk, both be­fore and af­ter the birth (there is less talk and more scream­ing dur­ing the de­liv­er­ies), about their lives and what they hope for their baby. One mid­dle­class English woman ex­plains her life and what she hopes for the child, al­though why she thought the world needed to know she was bi­sex­ual be­fore set­tling down with her hus­band es­capes me. An In­dian woman bangs on at length about her fam­ily back home and leans heav­ily on her hus­band. But the scary star of the show is the young sin­gle mother who de­liv­ers with her dis­ap­prov­ing mum and a mate present, there be­ing no sign of the fa­ther. Tex­ting to the end and show­ing off her pierc­ings and where she was stabbed at school, the im­pli­ca­tion is ob­vi­ous — an­other multi-gen­er­a­tion wel­fare fam­ily is on the way. The con­trast with the other two is plain and surely in­tended in a moral­is­ing way. The real stars of the show are the doc­tors and nurses, end­lessly ef­fi­cient (at least they look it) and en­thu­si­as­tic at be­ing part of their umpteenth de­liv­ery for the week. As pro­pa­ganda for the Na­tional Health Ser­vice, this is im­pos­si­ble to beat.

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