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Newborn Russia 25 April 2014 34

Newborn Russia (E26) Twin Surprise & a family of high flyers.

Kristina and her husband Andrey live and work together. They are colleagues and work as flight attendants. Kristina is about to give birth to their baby, and she wants Andrey to be by her side now as well. Unfortunately for him, he finds this prospect much more frightening than flying over the ocean or anything else he’s ever done in his life. He feels sure he’ll faint, but decides it’s his duty to support his wife. Then, as he plucks up the courage to join his wife in the delivery room, Kristina decides to spare him the experience. However, by now Andrey is determined to go through with it. Meanwhile, the doctors are making bets on whether or not he’ll manage.

Lyudmila’s husband, sadly, won’t be able to visit her in the maternity hospital, but her sister, Olga, is there to support her. Lyudmila is expecting twins. However, she and her husband decided to keep that secret from the rest of the family, so her sister has no idea she’s about to become an aunt twice. Lyudmila is hoping she’ll give birth naturally, however, with twins this option is much less likely.

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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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