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Midwives to give alternative Christmas message

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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”.

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  • The work of the midwife in bringing a life into this world has not been realized by many people except the delivering women. Telecasting their work in the television may help to instill knowledge of their work in people's minds.
    Also recording the birth of newborn on Christmas day would make them feel special later on in their life. not many infants get this chance of being telecasted on TV on their first day on Earth.

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