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Newborn Russia 30 May 2016 4 1056

Newborn Russia (E51) Would-be-mother’s husband and sister row over who’ll be present during childbirth

Yulia is 34 and a proud mother of a little girl. Now she’s getting ready for her second natural delivery. Her husband Dmitry and sister Lidia are supporting her. In fact, the two can’t agree on who’ll have the honour of being present during Yulia’s labour. Dmitry insists it’s his right as the baby’s father, but Lidia says she needs to be there for her sister as they’ve always been very close. The sisters are indeed inseparable and even still live together despite Yulia being married and raising a family. Will Dmitry and Lidia reach a compromise or will one of them prevail?

Meanwhile, 32-year-old Irina is getting ready for her first delivery. She and her husband Aleksandr have been together for 16 years and have gone through 3 IVF treatments to have this baby. Now Irina can’t wait to finally hold her son in her hands, but the baby is in no hurry to be born. As her pregnancy is overdue, Irina may either have to have her labour induced or opt for a C-section.

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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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