Channel 4’s documentary series One Born Every Minute has become a television sensation. Now in its third series, the fly on the wall documentary is considered a ‘must watch’. As avid fans take to Twitter, Facebook and online forums to discuss the programme and their own experiences of child birth I’m questioning why the bare-all series is such a hit.

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The truth is we are all so fascinated by other people’s lives that a glimpse into a special moment, even if it isn’t our own, is too good to resist. Not forgetting that child birth is an area of such intrigue and interest it’s difficult to not be drawn in.

I watched the programme last night and it immediately brought back to my own experiences, which is clearly part of the programme’s charm. As I watched a young mum give birth naturally and another lady deliver by caesarean section the message is clear that all births are very different. Hence why so many are eager to discuss their experiences online.

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For many however the clincher has to be the uncensored notion which One Born Every Minute maintains. Love it or hate it there is no hiding from the blood and guts of child birth here. Recorded on a real working labour ward with expectant mothers and terrified fathers- to- be we get to share a moment of their life, which is so rare and precious, but reveals absolutely everything. Although this may make some people squirm, especially men, it’s an honest and frank look at the reality of labour.

As the show explores modern day midwifery it’ easy to compare how much things have changed over time. New BBC drama ‘Call the Midwife’ documents midwifery in the fifties and recalls the somewhat bleak environment which mothers were expect to deliver in- a far cry from the specialised suites used today. But also the small matter than men weren’t allowed in delivery rooms year ago.

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This has changed dramatically as now not only are partners encouraged and expected to be presented for births, but camera crews are welcomed in some cases too. Capturing the entire process of labour in all of its glory, I often wonder how anyone could be talked into take part in the show.

Nevertheless One Born Every Minute is another brilliant documentary series for Channel 4. Packed with drama, genuine charm and emotions that could only be caught on a real life documentary it’s easy to understand why the show has become such a worthy success. Fantastic viewing.

Catch up with One Born Every Minute on Channel 4 OD now- click here.

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Annette's websites of the week

Excited by today’s news of The Royal Wedding Dress exhibition? We have the perfect website for you. The Royal Collection site is the official site to purchase tickets to the annual summer show at Buckingham Palace, and contains endless information about the event and other exhibitions taking place in royal venues throughout the year.

I’ve found myself looking at lots of different occasions; I really like the sound of ‘Treasures from the royal library, Windsor Castle’. So this site could be a really great place to find some inspiration for day trips.

Plus the site also host an official Royal Collection shop, which is sales beautiful designed royal pieces such as chinaware and decorative pieces. Perfect for gifts or a great way to celebrate a great year for the royal family.


Netmums-logoEarlier this week I blogged about the Parent Bloggers Network hosted by, an online hub of great blogs which are all written by parents who are willing to share their thoughts, feelings and experiences with others.

I think the blogging network is a brilliant idea, as finding blog you like can be tasking. And, having explored more of I was really impressed.

The main premises is parenting and offering realistic advice. But what I like most about the site is how practical everything appears to be. With a region tool, viewers can adapt the site to suit their needs and get information which is accessible to them- a really helpful, friend and down to earth site.


  • Paddy Jones, Oldest Salsa Dancer

A new feature on day time TV show This Morning called ‘OAP of the week’ brought 77 year old paddy Jones to our attention this morning. Paddy from the West Midlands, who now lives in Spain, is the oldest salsa dancer in the world.

Returning to dance after her husband passed away, Paddy has seen great success despite her age. She even won the Spanish version of Britain’s Got Talent after a jaw dropping performance.

I’ve chosen to include a video of Paddy, which was film 2 years ago following her entry into the world record books. To see her dancing so wonderfully is simply inspiring with such a positive outlook on life I think Paddy is someone we should all aspire too.

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I’m really impressed to hear about latest feature- The Parent bloggers network.

Netmums is a fabulous online site offering advice to parents from child friendly events, hints and tips to keeping children healthy, well behaved and generally promotes positive parenting skills.

The site seems to set itself apart from others thanks to its ability to become localised. By simply selecting your region the site transforms into a source of information which is accessible to you and your family- great if you’re looking for a summer activity or a new childcare facility.

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It’s well known that Netmums is somewhat under the shadow of its high profile competitor ‘Mumsnet’, the online forum based parenting guide, which has a sister site ‘Gransnet’ aimed at grandparents and the older generation.

However, chance could be ahead as has seen incredible success since launching ‘Parent bloggers network’ at the beginning of the July 2011.

Based around the concept that parents often search the web for answers to parenting questions, Netmums has cleverly design a blog network which groups parent bloggers blog’s together.


As a blogger myself I have really enjoyed browsing through the Netmums blogsphere where 588 bloggers are now featured online. The content is endless covering all areas possible from general parenting to books, working mums, single parents, healthy and event humour.

Everyone is welcome to feature their blog on the network, which is what appears to make Netmums bloggers network so successful. It’s great to think that users can find answers to their pondering questions whilst exploring hundreds of fantastic blogs.

Overall a great place to seek real advice from real Mums, Dads and Grandparents. Enjoy!

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