How many child-birth programmes are on TV at the moment? Thousands, literally.
Or is that I’m suffering from new car syndrome – you buy a different make/model and all of a sudden you start to see the same car cropping up everywhere.
Where did they all spring from?
I never knew so many people owned a Fiat Cinqicento (bright yellow)?!
I’m having a similar experience, albeit with childbirth-TV-related-programmes.
Every channel I turn to, there is someone in labour. Or giving birth. Or being a new dad (and failing!).
Or is it?
After all we are in a child birth boom in the UK at the moment. The UK is experiencing the largest birth numbers since 1972, and it is still climbing.
As we already know when there is boom, there is a never-ending stream of docu-soap-reality-fly-on-the-wall TV programmes that follow (see housing market).
But the thing is there are some great programmes to watch. So it is not all that bad after all.
There’s the tear-jerkering One Born Every Minute (Channel 4) – a fly-on-the-wall series based in Leeds labour ward. Or the recently aired A New Dad is Born (a Wonderland documentary) that followed three dads before and after the birth of their first children. Don’t get me started on the trader guy who had more money than sense (or moral-based decisions). And lest I forget Call The Midwife (BBC1). Ahh, it is magnificent. A glimpse back to how midwifery used to be in post-war London.
All fantastic viewing, if not at times car-crash-esque in their approaches.
Having said that, in terms of car-crash-TV, nothing compares to My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. Now that is quality!
But I fear that my information overload is serving only one purpose…
…it is getting me more stressed than I need to be!
Woah, I didn’t just see them actually make the incision on a C-section did I? Yep, uh huh, you did.
Woah!! I didnt just see the midwife pulling a baby out with all her might, her arms shaking as she yanks a baby out with forseps, did I? Yep, you did.
Woah!!! (last one, I promise) I didnt just see a guy crying at the birth of his daughter, but the tears were due to dissappointment at the fact it was not a boy!?!??! Yep, you did. (series 3, episode 8, towards the end of the programme)
It’s official. I am addicted.