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Birth Day

Season 1
While birthdays happen once a year, a birth day happens once in a lifetime. Following the true, personal stories of expectant mothers and fathers, the dramatic events leading up to the birth of their child unfold into life's greatest miracle.
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  1. S1 E1 - Short Cervix
    July 2, 2000
    22min
    TV-PG
    For some women, a condition known as "short cervix" means they can never carry a baby full term, but a procedure known as a "cervical cerclage" can make a difference for many expecting mothers.
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  2. S1 E2 - Advanced Maternal Age
    July 3, 2000
    22min
    TV-PG
    It may surprise many women, but doctors consider any pregnancy after age 35 to be at higher risk for some complications, but these two women -- one a cancer survivor -- in the medical category known as "advanced maternal age" deliver healthy babies.
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  3. S1 E3 - Sickle Cell
    July 6, 2000
    22min
    TV-PG
    Sickle cell anemia is a life-long chronic and painful medical condition affecting a large percentage of the African-American community in the United States. Doctors at Emory University in Atlanta discuss its effect on pregnant women.
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  4. S1 E4 - Natural Childbirth
    August 1, 2000
    22min
    TV-PG
    More women are opting for "medically unassisted" childbirth done inside the confines of a medical facility. Certified nurse midwives play an important role in this kind of birth, combining old, natural methods with modern technology.
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  5. S1 E5 - Unhealthy Mothers
    August 30, 2000
    22min
    7+
    If mothers-to-be are healthy during pregnancy they are more likely to have healthy babies. Doctors reveal the proof that when women stay healthy while they're pregnant, they can give the best gift possible to their anticipated newborn baby.
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  6. S1 E6 - Induction
    September 12, 2000
    22min
    TV-PG
    Birthing is an individual experience at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital. Mothers-to-be choose from a birthing center staffed with nurses and midwives and a more technological approach with the full medical intervention of induction and pain-relief drugs.
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  7. S1 E7 - Lung White Out
    October 18, 2000
    22min
    TV-PG
    A genetic condition called lung white out affects a very small percentage of babies. Explore the problems and outcomes associated with this condition.
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  8. S1 E8 - 20 Years of Birthing
    October 19, 2000
    22min
    TV-PG
    Visit one hospital to explore how the birthing process has changed dramatically in the last 20 years. A diary of recollections written by mothers who have come through this bustling labor and delivery unit reflects changing times and techniques.
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  9. S1 E9 - Fathers
    October 23, 2000
    22min
    TV-PG
    Fathers go through a range of emotions during labor and delivery. From the squeamish dad to the totally supportive partner, he's there with the mom from beginning to end.
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  10. S1 E10 - NICU
    October 23, 2000
    22min
    TV-PG
    Explore two of the most-advanced neonatal intensive care units in the US and follow the stories of three babies who make temporary stops in these units before setting off to join their families at home.
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  11. S1 E11 - Pain Medications
    October 25, 2000
    22min
    TV-PG
    Learn how women make decisions on treatment to control pain during labor and delivery. From breathing techniques and visualization to a body-numbing epidural, follow four women who use four different ways to control birth pain.
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  12. S1 E12 - Twins
    November 29, 2000
    22min
    TV-PG
    Find out why incidents of multiple births, especially among older woman, continue to rise in the US. Learn the complications associated with delivering twins, and meet two expectant moms, both delivering twins.
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  13. S1 E13 - Midwives and Doulas
    November 29, 2000
    22min
    TV-PG
    In hospitals across the US, doulas and midwives enjoy an increase in demand for their services from mothers during labor and delivery.
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  14. S1 E14 - Slowing Down Pre-Labor
    May 27, 2001
    22min
    TV-PG
    Learn about pre-term labor and see a patient expecting twins who need as much time as possible to develop properly inside the mother. Learn how doctors use various drugs to slow down the labor and speed up the baby's development.
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  15. S1 E15 - Twins Again
    May 31, 2001
    22min
    TV-PG
    A mother has her second set of twins, back to back. Although rare in the US, this woman's family has at least one ancestor with the same occurrence. Find out how genetics plays into the chances of having twins.
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  16. S1 E16 - VBAC
    June 11, 2001
    22min
    TV-PG
    Once a woman gives birth by C-section, her chances of ever delivering a baby vaginally decrease. But just how much of a decrease, and why? Learn about the issues involved in determining whether a woman can give birth vaginally after having a C-section.
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  17. S1 E17 - Birth Center II
    June 12, 2001
    22min
    TV-PG
    Get a behind-the-scenes look at a birthing center with a family who chose to deliver in this unique environment. Learn how birthing moved from home to hospital as medical advances ensured safer births, and see what may have been lost in that transition.
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  18. S1 E18 - Dad's Role in Birth
    June 19, 2001
    22min
    TV-PG
    Doctors and other medical staff are urging fathers to take a more active role in the whole birth experience. Learn about research that shows that fathers can have a calming impact on the mother and baby.
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  19. S1 E19 - Second C-Sections
    September 10, 2001
    22min
    TV-PG
    Complications arise when a C-section, already considered major surgery, must be performed on a Chinese woman with no medical records. Doctors must take extra precautions to insure a healthy outcome for both mother and child.
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  20. S1 E20 - Advanced Maternal Age
    September 20, 2001
    22min
    TV-PG
    Forty-something Patricia and husband Jose are expecting their first baby since losing their two children in a car accident. Patricia's gestational diabetes may be causing macrosomia, a condition that causes the fetus to grow unusually large.
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  21. S1 E21 - Uterine Surgery and a Birth
    September 12, 2002
    22min
    TV-PG
    Six weeks pregnant, Morshica's abdomen grew to the size of a full term pregnancy in a matter of days. Doctors perform surgery to remove a huge fibroid growing on the outside of her uterus. She makes it to term. See the complicated surgical delivery.
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  22. S1 E22 - Chorioamnionitis
    September 26, 2002
    22min
    TV-PG
    A mom has a high fever and painful contractions. She has a serious infection of the placenta and amniotic fluid known as chorioamnionitis. She needs an emergency c-section to save her baby. A Spanish-speaking mother is helped through premature labor.
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  23. S1 E23 - Stress During Pregnancy
    October 6, 2002
    22min
    TV-PG
    An expecting mom deals with stress after her husband is in a serious car accident. Stress has been linked to low birth weight and birth defects. Another mom worries about her ability to carry her baby to term. Both moms deliver healthy babies.
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  24. S1 E24 - Pulmonary Hypertension
    November 3, 2002
    22min
    TV-PG
    Pulmonary hypertension has doctors monitoring Denise's labor very closely. The pain stresses her heart, but an epidural is incompatible with her heart medication. Delivery progresses smoothly, but her newborn must go to the NICU with mild pneumonia.
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  25. S1 E25 - Uterine Prolapse/Meconium
    November 10, 2002
    22min
    TV-PG
    Third babies prove to be the trickiest deliveries for these two moms. When Karla's water breaks, her fluid is stained greenish-brown with meconium. Due to a uterine prolapse during a previous delivery, Mende must deliver number three via c-section.
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English
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English [CC]
Starring
Deborah Seif
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