After eight weeks of fun, fear, tears and joy, the final episode of the first Australian season of One Born Every Minute delivered everything we’ve come to expect from this wonderful show.
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In this episode we meet deeply in love Spaniard Rebeca and her Mexican husband Paul, two migrants who fell for one another at English school and had their romantic first date at a dance at Bondi Beach.
They are here to have their second child, a daughter they have already named Valentina – Spanish for ‘strong woman’.
Rebeca is aiming for a natural water birth, saying she wants to be able to feel everything and not miss anything. The couple reflect that for the birth if their previous baby Ethan, the midwives at Westmead were like a family.
Midwife Maria Diaz is on hand to facilitate Rebeca’s water birth. Among the sisterhood of midwives, her style of midwifery has been dubbed “Maria Magic” and her skills are clearly evident throughout this emotional natural birth.
Young Queensland couple Sharn and Steve recently moved down to Sydney to be near Sharn’s mum. She’s going to be present for the birth of their second child, something dreadlocked dad Steve confesses is “daunting.”
Sharn’s first pregnancy was a dream, not so her second. This time she has a rare and painful condition called Polyhydramnios, which presents with an excess of amniotic fluid around bub.
Polyhydramnios is a high-risk condition because when the waters break, the excess flow can tumble the baby and cause the umbilical cord to come out of the birth canal before the baby’s head – which is an emergency situation.
Midwife Marika Lee and Dr Gayathri decide to do an artificial rupture of membranes (ARM) – a controlled breaking of Sharn’s waters where they control bub’s position to prevent any complications during birth. It’s highly uncomfortable and painful.
An emotional Sharn endures it all like a trooper, her only concern being that her baby remains safe. Once the waters are broken, it takes a few more hours for baby girl Marley to be born naturally.
Indian couple Arti and Ganesh never expected to be having a baby in Australia.
They came over from Mumbai on a family visit to validate their migration visa, but when it was discovered that Arti was carrying twins, the safe decision was to remain and give birth here.
Arti and Ganesh are both in shock of having twins straight off the bat, but still, it’s a joyous occasion for the couple.
Delivering twins is always a special occasion in the birth unit but it does come with its own peculiarities: delivering two babies naturally is twice the work for mum and midwives. Pre-birth, it’s all about monitoring both babies in the womb, and one of them is playing hide and seek with the midwives.
During labour, after successfully delivering baby number one, the midwives and Dr Pesce have a little bit of a challenge getting baby number two out.
Once out, the second baby needs a little help to draw its first breath, but all is well. Arti and Ganesh are now an instant Australian family, courtesy of their two bonny boys Swarit and Taksh.
Thank you for joining us on this roller-coaster — we hope you loved this incredible season as much as we did!