Channel 4 will broadcast a live programme detailing life on the maternity wards of a Southampton hospital on 25 December.
One Born at Christmas will be filmed at Southampton University Hospitals Trust. Fixed cameras will capture every moment, from birthing pools to Caesarean sections, spread across the day in four one-hour long instalments, including pre-recordings and updates on new arrivals.
The channel’s annual alternative Christmas message will be delivered by hospital staff from Princess Anne Hospital. The hospital is a centre of excellence for maternity care, providing broad services and a choice of birth options for around 6,000 women each year.
Also a centre for foetal and maternal medicine, the hospital is a leading teaching centre for nursing and midwifery and home to the regional centre for neonatal intensive care.
Channel 4 said the programme “will illustrate a variety of happy, funny and the occasional tearful moments”.