Last Night’s TV – One Born Every Minute

by Lynn Connolly

During this fascinating series, we’ve seen just how dumb men can be – as if we needed proof. But last night’s third episode featured a man who frankly, were he mine, would be needing to stick his toothbrush somewhere unsavoury just to be able to clean his teeth, because I’d have knocked them down his throat.

Darren – partner of Sarah – was breathtakingly, awe-inspiringly irritating throughout Sarah’s labour. But without doubt, the absolute money shot for me was when he, with his hand on Sarah’s baby bump, said to her, “I’ll tell you when you’re having a contraction, in case you don’t know.”

I would most definitely have decked him at that point. I don’t normally advocate violence but no court in the land – assuming the jurors were made up of women who’d given birth – would’ve convicted her.

Given that at the time, Sarah was in agony with each contraction and sucking in the gas and air so hard she was purple, I suspect she was more than well aware when she was having a contraction. What a tool.

In fact, throughout, Darren was intensely obnoxious. Sarah’s first child had been born by caesarean section so for her second, she really wanted a normal birth, however, when it began to look as if things might’ve been going to way of the pear and a caesarean was perhaps likely, Darren started to get really wound up…

“I guarantee this’ll be just like last time. By midday, we’ll have been here hours and yet again, you’ll have dilated and gone back again…

“This is your doing… If you’d just said ‘yes I want a caesarean’ it would’ve been done now…”

And his ranting continued unabated while all the while, the incredibly self-controlled and patient Sarah writhed in agony.

Sarah did eventually have a normal birth and her son was born, but it was a horribly tense moment when he arrived limp and lifeless. My heart nearly stopped while the totally floppy little boy was given oxygen and medicos appeared from everywhere.

Thank God, the baby was fine within a few minutes, much to everyone’s relief, not least midwife Dominique’s who’d had a very, very long day of it herself.

So onto Lisa, the lady who featured in the very first episode whose baby Jack was born with his intestines outside his body. It was heartbreaking to see her cry as she was at first frightened to hold him then yearning to, and to feed him too.

We saw her at home too, candidly and charmingly explaining how she didn’t quite know how to feel. She said she felt guilty for laughing or smiling while her little boy was so ill, and I just wanted to wrap her in a big hug.

What a lovely person she is, and as the end credits rolled, we read that baby Jack recovered from his operations and was allowed home just three weeks later. How lovely it must’ve been for Lisa to get her precious boy all to herself.

If you’ve missed any of this series so far, I’d highly recommend catching up with it on 4oD. It is totally fascinating and absorbing viewing.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.