Episode 13

Episode 13

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S8 E6: The BAFTA award-winning One Born Every Minute continues from its new home at Liverpool Women's Hospital - the largest and busiest maternity unit in Europe. Tonight a Mum takes her son's place to welcome a grandchild she has only just found out about, a Dad turns poet to help his panicking wife through the birth of a baby he never realised he wanted so much, and an emotional Mum can’t stop laughing during her daughter's labour. Heidi (16) is rushed to Liverpool Women’s by ambulance. By her side is her Mum Jo (44) and Adele (34), the mother of her ex-boyfriend and father of the baby, who is shocked to find out she is going to be a grandmother so young. Adele, “I never imagined being a grandmother at 34, I didn’t know until a couple of weeks before Heidi was due to have the baby”. Adele’s son has learning difficulties and she thinks he would not cope with the birth so wants to be there in his place instead. Despite being almost a total stranger, she wants to forge a bond with Heidi, Jo and the baby. Adele, “I feel right now I need to take on his(my son's) responsibilities, I feel part of my journey now is not just to be a grandmother but to help my son become a Dad”. A jittery Michelle (31) is wheeled in by her husband Gavin (36) for her second baby, a moment she thought would never happen after he told her he never wanted children. Gavin, “I could tell pretty early on in our relationship that having a baby was really important to Michelle but I was honest with her and told her that having kids wasn’t something I saw myself doing in the future”. Michelle, “I was head over heels with him, and knew I needed to choose between children and Gavin, and I chose to be with Gavin. I was in pieces thinking he would never change his mind to have children”. But eventually Gavin could not bear to see Michelle so upset and gave in, and is now determined to be totally supportive in the delivery suite. Gavin “I wasn’t supportive when Michelle said she wanted children, so there is going to be a big step up during labour”. As Michelle begins to lose control, Gavin calms her down by reading out a surprise piece of poetry he has written about how happy he now is to be a father. Louise (29) arrives at Liverpool Women’s for her third baby, and a precious first daughter. Right by her side is her Mum Jane (46) who hides her stress by continuously laughing through the contractions. Jane, “When I’m nervous I laugh.. At the end of the day I can’t really show what I’m feeling to my daughter because I don’t want her panicking in case something happens”. Louise is relying on Jane to get her through labour as her husband is in prison for a first time offence. Louise, “14 years my partner and I have been together, and when he went away if felt like my right arm had been cut off, my whole life was turned upside down and I was forced to do everything.” This gives Jane an opportunity to make up for the guilt she still feels about leaving Louise aged 16 behind in Liverpool when she refused to come with her to pursue a life in Scotland for a few years. Jane, “Being at this birth is something special, it’s a way of making it up to Louise. I don’t ever want to separated from my daughter ever again – I’m going to be here until the day I die”.