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Baby born on live TV

12th October 2006

17082006_mother&newborn1.jpgAn attempt to show the first live birth on UK television came this week as Baby Caleb arrived by Caesarean section during Five’s Birth Night.

The show on Sunday night had hoped to capture a live natural birth but 6lb Caleb was the only baby to arrive during the two-hour broadcast from the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham.  Producers had been following several expectant mothers in the week leading up to the programme.  One of them - a midwife from the same hospital - gave birth naturally a few minutes before the broadcast began. Another woman, who was minutes away from a natural birth when the show ended, was also featured.

The National Childbirth Trust had described the show as "irresponsible, unnecessary and unduly risky" and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists had warned that there was no way to guarantee the "calm environment" deserved by a mother and child. However, a Five spokeswoman said the programme had been "a huge success" with a "smooth" birth.

The programme’s presenters were clearly moved by the experience; presenter Andrew Castle told viewers, "This is such a wonderful moment, sorry, I'm quite emotional."

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