From the moment her first daughter was born, television presenter Emma Willis has been in awe of midwives.
Now, in a brand new six-part documentary series for the W, she’s been given a unique opportunity to live and breathe the role.
Over the course of 10 weeks, Emma will work as a Maternity Care Assistant, supporting the charismatic midwife team on the busy maternity unit at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex.
At a time when there is a national shortage of midwives, she will discover first hand just what it takes to do one of the toughest, but most rewarding jobs around. Emma will immerse herself in the role; working four shifts a week, for up to 13 hours a day.
Emma has three children of her own, so is no stranger to maternity wards. She also grew up watching her mother work as an auxiliary care worker on a maternity unit. However, nothing can prepare her for what her new role has in store.
Emma will learn that no two births are the same and that every mother and father-to-be has their own remarkable story to tell.
From elective caesarean sections to natural births, complicated theatre procedures to pool and home births, she will share the pressures, the fears and the joys of delivering babies.
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From the BAFTA-nominated international smash hit Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, to the visually arresting Daredevils series, Firecracker has produced some of the most ground-breaking, popular factual programmes on television today.
Whatever the platform, Firecracker prides itself on telling authentic human stories and offering new and often never-before-seen perspectives, coupled with its trademark bold and stylish approach to film making, to create talked about content that is loved by audiences around the globe.
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