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One Born Every Minute Fans Can't Get Over How Different US Show Is

One Born Every Minute Fans Can't Get Over How Different US Show Is

One Born Every Minute is a uniquely candid documentary that shows the goings on in British labour wards.

The hugely successful programme follows the stories of the families admitted to the wards from the moment they are brought into hospital, until the aftercare they receive following the birth.

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The emotional series shows the highs and the lows of the births, including what happens when things go tragically wrong, capturing the hearts of the nation along the way.

Following the success of the UK show, the US launched its own version of the birthing programme in 2011, and viewers can't seem to get their head around just how different it is.

One Reddit user, who goes by the name of 'common_cactus', explained how watching both versions of the programme showed 'different attitudes towards pain, patient consent, caregiving and pain management.'

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The person explains how UK midwives tend to ask the patient for permission before they do anything, whereas the US midwives just tell the patient what they're going to do.

"The UK midwives are very hands off when it comes to the delivery. They watch the head emerge. They encourage the mom, telling her how great she's pushing. They let the baby rotate on its own, often not touching the baby until its sliding out. They literally catch the baby.

"In the US version, when the head starts emerging, the OB is all up in the mom's business, touching the baby's head, stretching her perineum (at least that's what it looks like) and just general being handsy. And then they're immediately manipulating the baby's body to pull them out when the shoulders emerge. Also, everyone's yelling and counting for the mom to push. It's a much more frantic environment."

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Another Reddit user agreed with the original post, claiming that the differences between the two programmes were huge.

"The biggest difference I noticed was the approach to pain management.

"I remember vividly an episode of the US edition where the mother stated that she didn't want an epidural and the nurse said 'oh, well we'll see about that,' sarcastically, where in the UK version one of the patients was adamant about wanting an epidural early on and the nurse was hesitant about it and outlined some other pain management options before ordering the epidural.

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"I also find the pain management options used are so different. Everyone seems to use gas in the UK where I haven't seen it used once in the US.

"Also, in the UK the couples getting their desired birth experience seems to be driving much of the story, where in the US the nurses/healthcare practitioners are much more of the focus, and how some patients won't do exactly what they want."

One Born Every Minute continues on Channel 4 at 9pm on Wednesday.

Featured Image Credit: Friends/Comedy Central/Channel 4/OBEM

Topics: Entertainment, TV News, TV Entertainment

Emma Rosemurgey

Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Junior Journalist at PRETTY52. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining the team in 2017. Contact her on emma.rosemurgey@pretty52.com

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