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In this new look at the beginnings of life we tell the story of a child from fertilisation to first birthday through... more

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Update on Child

More episodes of Child coming soon. From 18 March all 27 episodes will be available - including our journey through... more

01 Feb 2024 ·
10. Due Date

At the end of a pregnancy, a lot is going on. The baby might be descending and moving into place,... more

29 Jan 2024 · 14 minutes
9. Birth Plan

How can we truly plan for something as big and unknowable as birth? What are we forgetting to prepare for... more

29 Jan 2024 · 13 minutes
8. Mother Brain

The huge changes that occur during pregnancy have been felt by people for millennia, but it's only in recent years... more

29 Jan 2024 · 14 minutes
7. Are They What You Eat?

India explores the complicated world of nutrition with the help of Dr Emma Derbyshire. How much of the advice out... more

29 Jan 2024 · 13 minutes
6. The Unforeseen

Talking about pregnancy loss, miscarriage and unexpected news in pregnancy is difficult, not just for those going through it but... more

29 Jan 2024 · 13 minutes
5. Birth of a Mother

What does it mean to suddenly take on this role, this mantle of ‘mother’. It’s a powerful world and it’s... more

12 Jan 2024 · 14 minutes
4. Every Heartbeat

Ultrasound scans are an amazing window into a previously utterly mysterious world. Having one can bring a whirlwind of emotions,... more

12 Jan 2024 · 13 minutes
3. The Secret Within

Pregnancy tests are so easy to take at home, but that wasn’t always the case. In this episode, India examines... more

12 Jan 2024 · 13 minutes
2. Source of Life

All around the world, the placenta is revered in rituals - but in many places it’s mainly seen as medical... more

12 Jan 2024 · 14 minutes
Update on Child