Have you ever wondered what happens to the mums and bubs from the popular show ‘One Born Every Minute’? Well, earlier this week I was lucky enough to chat to Allara, a new mum who’s birth experience was captured on the Australian version of the show.
In case you have yet to see it, the show is an emotional documentary style series that follows the journey of childbirth. It captures all the drama that comes with birth, and I would go as far as to say that it is impossible to get through an entire episode without crying.
This week the show followed the birth of first time mum Allara. At only 25 years of age, Allara is a young mum, but having lived her life with a rare hereditary condition called Glycogen Storage Disease, it is easy to see that she possesses a strength and maturity that will serve her well during motherhood
Allara’s birth was aired this week and I watched the episode in a state of heightened emotion, feeling as if I was right there in the room with her. During the labour Allara is informed that her baby is in distress and that she will require an emergency caesarean. Tears roll down her cheeks as she grapples to let go of her desire for a natural vaginal birth, and I couldn’t help but cry along with her as I watched.
In the operating theatre you are able to see a glimpse of the doctors experienced hands quickly unwrapping the umbilical cord from around the baby’s neck before the room is suddenly filled with the wonderful sound of a baby’s cry.
It has been four months since the birth of beautiful baby Ashton and four whirlwind months of motherhood for Allara.
My first question when I spoke to her this week was ‘how are you?’. While I was of course interested in her birth and the show, as a mother to a 3-month old baby myself, my natural instinct was to firstly touch base with how she was coping with motherhood.
“I’m not going to lie,” she replied. “The first 6 weeks were…” she trailed off and the unfinished sentence hung in the air for a moment. I couldn’t blame her for not being able to finish that sentence. After all, what can be said that can accurately describe the first 6 weeks of motherhood?
‘It’s ok,’ I reassure her, ‘I know exactly what you mean’.
We talk openly and earnestly about her first few months as a new mum. Themes that many new mums could relate to kept emerging; the disappointment that her birth did not go to plan, the unexpected difficulties to breastfeed, the physical and mental toll of sleep deprivation and the heavy guilt of having to formula feed. All of these emotions mixed amongst the absolute love and joy she feels for her beautiful baby boy.
I was able to completely empathise with Allara as she spoke. I vividly remember how I felt after the birth of my first child and the only words I could use to accurately describe those first few months of motherhood would be ‘shell shocked’.
‘One Born Every Minute Australia’ shows us the reality of childbirth, literally capturing the blood, sweat and tears. The show serves to tear down the unrealistic Hollywood version that we have been fed all our lives, that left us unprepared for the reality and hardship of childbirth.
But I can’t help but think that, perhaps, the show ends right where it should begin. How desperately new and future mothers would benefit from that same raw honesty being applied to documenting those first few months of motherhood. It would be nice if mothers could commence their journey a little bit more prepared, knowing what to expect and feeling less alone.
After all, birth isn’t the end of Allara’s motherhood story. It’s just the beginning.
If you would like to watch this incredible show and find out more about this amazing Mum’s journey, you can find it on 10Play here.
By Phoebe Shields
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