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Newborn Russia 20 April 2014 1 187

Newborn Russia (E21) A husband’s invaluable support

Lana, is 35 and having her first baby, a boy who she hopes, will look just like his father. The love of Lana’s life was the first man she’d ever met with whom she really felt that she wanted to have a child. But this is no storybook romance, he is already married with a family of his own. Lana says she’s content with the situation but has no idea how she’ll cope on her own with a new born baby.

At the other end of the spectrum we meet Nina; she has confidence in her ideal family. Husband and son, Aleksey and Matvey can’t wait to meet the new addition to their family. Matvey is making predictions about when his little brother will be born. His timing is wide off the mark which can be forgiven, he’s only 5 and doesn’t quite have a medical degree yet!  Aleksey wants to be there to support his wife during childbirth. It will be his first time in a delivery room but he’s sure he’ll cope. Nina is confident, that being a good mom is so much easier when there’s a good dad around. With her husband by her side, cracking jokes and providing massage, Nina is sure that her second childbirth will go much more easily than the first.

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In modern Russia, life usually begins in state maternity hospitals; run by medical experts who deliver new babies into the world. RT Doc takes you inside the labour ward to meet expecting mothers, nerve wracked fathers and the men and women who devote their lives to delivering children and facing any challenge that come their way.

Pregnancy and birth may be the greatest of life’s miracles but the babies don’t always read the plan! Some births go smoothly but others can be a challenging, emotional and frightening experience for a mother to be. Each case is different and requires an individual approach. Russia’s highly experienced and attentive doctors and midwives are there to help, often with ‘tough love’. They assist women at every step, providing medical and moral support and taking care of the newborn Russians.

In the Soviet era, husbands were never allowed into the delivery room, but now the practice has become more common. Men whose nerves can take it are welcomed to see their child coming into the world and offer their partners emotional support. In many cases though, it’s the men who end up needing support.

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The series captures the miracle of childbirth and shares the stories of women preparing to welcome a new life into their homes and hearts. Each one has a unique and touching background story to her impending motherhood. Some are happy wives and mothers, others are expecting a love child from a clandestine relationship. Some of the pregnancies were planned, others came as a huge surprise but were seen through to the end even though it could mean the end for romance. Then there are the heartrending stories of parents who have tried for a baby for years and are finally rewarded with the joys of parenthood; some are first-time moms, others already have children and know what to expect from childbirth.

The series has it all, overdue pregnancies, premature and natural births and Caesarean sections, everything you could possibly want to know about child-birth complete with dramatic relationships and the fears and joys of becoming a mother – “Newborn Russia” on RT Doc.

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