Last year television presenter and mother of three, Emma Willis, spent 10 weeks working on the frontline of a busy maternity unit.
Now, in a brand new eight-part documentary series for W, she’s been given the chance to return to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex to complete her training.
If she passes this next stage, Emma will become a fully-qualified Maternity Care Assistant who can work in any hospital in the country.
Over the course of 16 weeks she will immerse herself in the role, supporting the hospital’s charismatic midwife team. She will learn, once again, that no two births are the same and that every mother and a father-to-be has their own remarkable story to tell.
As Emma’s training and development progresses, she’ll be asked to become more independent. She’ll be the only MCA in theatre during caesarean sections, she’ll need to take blood on her own and be comfortable assisting in emergency situations.
Emma will also work on the hospital’s Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit, which cares for critically ill babies. Here she’ll meet parents and their babies who need intensive, high dependency and special care.
Firecracker is responsible for some of the highest rating and most talked about factual television programmes of the last decade.
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.
Firecracker’s unique story-telling has seen the company work with a wide range of broadcasters both in the UK and the US, including the BBC, Channel 4, W, ABC, Discovery, TLC and National Geographic.
Other credits include Born in the Wrong Body, Daredevils, Repo Man, Sex Testers, Baby Ballroom and Dr Christian Will See You Now and single documentaries such as Susan Boyle: Unlikely Superstar, Secrets of the Living Dolls, The Man With The Ten Stone Testicles, The Brit Who Tried To Kill Trump and Jamie: Drag Queen At Sixteen – the documentary which inspired the hit West End musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.