Child Of Mine 10pm, Chan­nel 4

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This mea­sured and in­ti­mate doc­u­men­tary about still­birth is a sad and of­ten dif­fi­cult watch (prob­a­bly more dif­fi­cult from some view­ers than oth­ers; one in 200 UK ba­bies is still­born). But it’s also an im­por­tant and care­fully con­sid­ered film, and suc­ceeds not only in show­ing the pain of this very pri­vate and rarely dis­cussed tragedy, but in show­ing how peo­ple slowly move through it. Made with as­ton­ish­ing ac­cess to cou­ples who learned dur­ing preg­nancy that their un­born chil­dren might be at risk, the doc­u­men­tary con­sid­ers some of the med­i­cal as­pects of such cases. But it’s the par­ents who make it, in­clud­ing Vicki and her part­ner Bruce, whose story is fol­lowed over sev­eral months. “She’s still our baby,” she says, as she holds her new­born, still­born daugh­ter, Ruby, im­me­di­ately af­ter de­liv­ery.

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