It's a must-watch show full of drama, reality and heart-soaring real live births
. But Channel 4 hit show One Born Every Minute has hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons this week, reports the Daily Mail
Wednesday's episode showed a 17-year-old first time mum admit she smoked during her pregnancy,
and even aired a clip of the mum complaining she wasn't allowed a fag break during her labour.
Jessica, who was filmed in labour at Leeds' General Infirmary, was asked by her boyfriend Nathaniel's sister, Devinya if she had managed to get outside for a cigarette during her labour. Jessica replied, "I'm not allowed."
Her comments sparked a debate on the show's official Facebook page
, with many users slating the new mum.
"It's not her age that matters though. I don't care if she's 17 or 71. Smoking in pregnancy is a disgusting selfish thing to do," commented one mum, while another added: "What a shame
that young girl couldn't have made an effort to give up smoking, my son wasn't planned. I was 29 when I had him and had smoked since I was around 16 but hard as it was, I gave up for him."
Another, Rachel Stocker, who has first hand experience of the dangers of smoking while pregnant said: "My own mum smoked throughout her pregnancy with me.
"I'd like to think she did a good job bringing me up (as a single mother) but the fact is I have health problems caused by her smoking during pregnancy and passive smoking when I was a baby/toddler.
"These health problems wouldn't necessarily manifest themselves when your child is young. You can't anticipate the effect smoking will have on your baby - and if there's any effect at all it's not exactly going to be a good one."
Jessica gave birth to daughter Rikeya, weighing 6lbs 12oz at the end of the show.
She admitted her pregnancy wasn't planned and as the credits rolled on the episode, it was announced that since the programme was made, doubts have been raised about the paternity of Jess's baby, closing with the statement: "Nathaniel and Jess are awaiting the outcome of paternity tests."
It is estimated 17 per cent of mums-to-be smoke during pregnancy
. It is linked
to low-birth weight, increased risk of stillbirth and health conditions such as asthma.
Jacqui Clinton, Health Campaigns Director for Tommy's the baby charity
, says: "Poor diet, obesity, lack of physical activity, smoking and mental health problems can all impact on the healthy development of the baby."
For help quitting, visit Smokefree.nhs.uk.
Did you see the episode?
What did you make of Jess' story?
It's so fascinating to see your little one learn about the world, not to mention her own body. If you're lucky, you might even witness the expression on her face when she realises her hands are attached…and she can use them to bat stuff with! (I witnessed the very moment my daughter realised her feet were attached, when she bit down hard on a big toe.)</p>
- Family ties
There will be a particular moment, perhaps not even straight away, and perhaps when you are doing the most mundane of things, when you’ll look at your partner and your baby, and it will hit you for the very first time that you are "a family".</p>
- Making scents
You might have heard people talking about the intoxicating scent of a baby's head before and wondered what on earth they were going on about. But take a big whiff of your own little nipper, and you’ll be away with the fairies! No, you haven't just gone gooey – some experts think babies' heads give off pheromones that send oxytocin coursing through your veins (dads, too). Breathe it in, it doesn't last forever!</p>
- Touching moments
Feeding your baby is always a great time for bonding, but it's the little unexpected things they do - such as clutching at your hand, pawing your breast (or, as mine did, pinging your bra strap) that make it memorable.</p>
- Getting the giggles
Some babies do it early, others make their parents wait and work bloody hard for it… but the first time your baby really laughs from their belly, your heart will sing! Who'd have thought daddy could ever be THAT funny? Seriously.</p>
- Here's lookin' at you!
Most babies arrive a bit puffy and spend the first few days with their faces screwed up, trying to make sense of the shapes they’re suddenly seeing. But when those dark eyes actually find yours, you’ll be blown away by the feeling that this brand new little person knows you to your very soul.</p>
- Mini me!
Many parents find it easier to see their newborn as an image of their partner - but the first time you recognise a part of yourself in your baby (perhaps a wonky yawn or the way they lift their eyebrows) is a strange, yet lovely, sensation.</p>
- Snooze fests
There is nothing more peaceful than reclining with a sleeping baby on your chest: soft little breaths, squidgy cheeks, a perfect pause in time… Zzzz.</p>
- Simple things
You wouldn't be normal unless you sometimes missed the old days, when you could drop everything and head out for a night on the town. But the realisation that you really would rather be snuggling at home with your baby than out strutting your stuff makes you feel as warm as the cup of cocoa you're clutching.</p>
- The 'awwww!' factor
From hiccupping (seriously adorable) to learning to kiss you back, there will by myriad moments of supreme cuteness. But possibly the biggest "Awww!" will come when you use the bubbles in your baby’s bath to make him look like a gnome (and he beams at you because he has no idea what he looks like).</p>
- Adulation and adoration
Who needs to be a superstar, eh? With your baby comes the stupendous feeling of being the funniest, loveliest, most important person in any room. And, of course, you are.</p>