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One Born Every Minute at LGI

Leeds General Infirmary has been the setting for a documentary and the stars of the show are proud Yorkshire parents.

The third series of the Bafta award winning One Born Every Minute was filled in autumn 2011 and will feature a wide range of emotions and scenarios as people welcome new life to the world.

The Channel 4 documentary programme offers viewers a fly-on-the-wall look at a delivery ward.

Team leader on the hospital’s delivery suite, Gail Wright, said: “I know it will be great for our hospital and community midwives to see mums and dads talking about their experiences and backgrounds as well as the births, as normally we only see part of the story. We’re also hoping that it will give viewers a real insight into the work that goes on day in and day out in a busy maternity unit.”

40 cameras were set up throughout the maternity ward and footage was recorded around the clock, 24 hours a day.

The first two series were filmed in Southampton, but the production company decided to move to Leeds because of the LGI’s reputation and the area’s high birth rate; around 15 babies are born at the LGI every day, totaling up to 5,000 babies a year.

Ms Wright said: “Some of us have already had a preview and those that haven’t are looking forward to seeing the series.”

Programme makers have paid a location fee which has paid for extra equipment that the NHS does not usually have. This included a £13,000 birthing pool that was opened by model, musician and mum-of-two Myleene Klass who unveiled the pool in October.

A Channel 4 spokeswoman said: “The staff have been fantastic, really welcoming, warm and engaging.”


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