OBSERVATIONAL DOCUMENTARY SERIES, One Born Every Minute, has been running on US and UK small screens for a number of years, with growing audiences.
TV3 has honed in on the phenomenon and has developed its own version for an Irish audience.
Midwives, which debuts tonight at 8pm, follows a number of women in the final stages of their pregnancies at the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin.
The six-part series features women from different backgrounds, some of whom are facing difficult labours such as Julie who has Help Syndrome. She has been transferred from Limerick Hospital to deliver premature twins Grace and Oran at the ICU at Holles Street.
Tonight’s episode follows first-time mother Dalia Lopez. Originally from Mexico, she is missing the support of her family and explains her feelings of nervousness and how she relies on the staff in the hospital.
Master of the National Maternity Hospital Dr Rhona Mahony said the programme will give viewers the chance to “appreciate the wonderful contribution midwives make to the safe delivery of our babies”.