Born Too Soon

DOCUMENTARY CHANNEL – Monday 13 April, 8.30pm

Today babies are surviving shorter and shorter gestations, sometimes arriving little over halfway through a pregnancy. With highly sophisticated care, neonatal units can support the most vulnerable babies, who simply wouldn’t have survived ten years ago. But the journey can be tough for parents and staff alike. Having a baby should be a thrilling experience but can be a terrifying one for those parents who have problems with a pregnancy or have a sudden and unexpected delivery long before the baby is due. This episode of Born Too Soon follows two more couples through months of uncertainty. Julie has already had a stillbirth and her pregnancy is extremely high risk. She knows she will have a premature baby but the timing of her delivery is critical. Charlotte had a spontaneous birth at the limits of viability. She and her partner Chris barely leave their baby’s side during his months in intensive care. Then they are faced with the dilemma that very parent dreads – deciding whether to continue treatment or take their baby off life support.

DOCUMENTARY CHANNEL – Monday 13 April, 8.30pm

Today babies are surviving shorter and shorter gestations, sometimes arriving little over halfway through a pregnancy. With highly sophisticated care, neonatal units can support the most vulnerable babies, who simply wouldn’t have survived ten years ago. But the journey can be tough for parents and staff alike. Having a baby should be a thrilling experience but can be a terrifying one for those parents who have problems with a pregnancy or have a sudden and unexpected delivery long before the baby is due. This episode of Born Too Soon follows two more couples through months of uncertainty. Julie has already had a stillbirth and her pregnancy is extremely high risk. She knows she will have a premature baby but the timing of her delivery is critical. Charlotte had a spontaneous birth at the limits of viability. She and her partner Chris barely leave their baby’s side during his months in intensive care. Then they are faced with the dilemma that very parent dreads – deciding whether to continue treatment or take their baby off life support.