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Babies: Special Delivery Season 1 Episodes

Season 1 Episode Guide

Season 1

47 Episodes 2002 - 2005

Episode 1

Episode 1

Thu, Aug 8, 2002 60 mins

Pivotal moments in the final hours of pregnancy, labor and delivery are spotlighted. First up: Naval doctors and nurses from a neonatal intensive-care unit help five mothers through complicated pregnancies and labor.

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Episode 2

Second by Second

Sun, Sep 1, 2002 60 mins

Medical staff at three hospitals deal with difficult deliveries for five families.

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Episode 3

Safe & Sound

Tue, Sep 3, 2002 60 mins

Medical teams are observed helping mothers with difficult deliveries, including a mother and baby with heart problems; a mother whose water breaks but labor does not follow; and a premature birth.

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Episode 4

Against All Odds

Tue, Sep 3, 2002 60 mins

Observing women during difficult deliveries. Included: a one-pound premature baby; an infant with a rare blood disorder; twins with complications. Also: a mother enters labor after only six months.

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Episode 5

Minute by Minute

Tue, Sep 3, 2002 60 mins

Observing difficult deliveries. Included: a baby with a tumor in her chest; a mother and baby who have heart problems; a baby who has stopped moving in the womb; and 27-week-old premature twins.

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Episode 6

First Breath

Fri, Sep 6, 2002 60 mins

Doctors and nurses at a Navy neo-natal intensive-care unit help five mothers through complicated pregnancies and labor.

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Episode 7

Caring Hands

Sat, Mar 15, 2003 60 mins

Observing cases at the maternity ward at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, where deliveries include a mother with Lupus and a pre-term baby with a dangerously high heart rate.

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Episode 8


Sun, Mar 16, 2003 60 mins

A neo-natal intensive-care unit in the Navy helps five mothers through complicated pregnanacies and deliveries. Also: the women tell their stories, including one who survived the events of Sept. 11, and their fears for the health-challenged infants.

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Episode 9

Critical Decisions

Sun, Apr 6, 2003 60 mins

Five women are profiled during difficult pregnancies at two high-risk maternity units.

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Episode 10

Fragile Lives

Sun, Apr 13, 2003 60 mins

Profiling five women who face difficult deliveries at a high-risk maternity ward in Palm Springs Desert Regional Hospital.

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Episode 11

Count Down

Sun, May 18, 2003 60 mins

Chronicling difficult births at the maternity ward at Washington Hospital Center. Included: a 22-year-old in labor 16 weeks early; and a mother with gestational diabetes.

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Episode 12

To the Limit

Fri, Jun 20, 2003 60 mins

Profiling five women facing difficult deliveries at the Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore.

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Episode 13

New Beginnings

Fri, Jun 20, 2003 60 mins

Five pregnant women face difficult deliveries at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut.

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Episode 14

Nine Months Later

Fri, Jul 4, 2003 60 mins

Examining births occuring nine months after 9/11 in New York City, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.

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Episode 15

Around the Clock

Sun, Aug 31, 2003 60 mins

Profiling five women in a high-risk maternity ward in Dallas, whose doctors must decide on a traditional delivery or a c-section.

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Episode 16

Maximum Effort

Sun, Sep 14, 2003 60 mins

Five women at the Ohio State University Medical Center high-risk maternity ward are profiled. Included: a cervix opens prematurely without labor; a woman is pregnant with quadruplets after losing 155 pounds from gastric-bypass surgery.

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Episode 17

Urgent Care

Sun, Oct 12, 2003 60 mins

Cases from the high-risk maternity ward at Oklahoma University Medical Center in Oklahoma City feature six women facing difficult deliveries, including a rare antibody syndrome causing a blood-clotting disorder; and pregnancy-induced hypertension and diabetes.

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Episode 18

Turning Point

Sun, Oct 19, 2003 60 mins

High-risk maternity cases at the Community Medical Center in Fresno include a dislocated intestine, low heart rate and an infection.

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Episode 19


Sun, Oct 26, 2003 60 mins

Maternity cases from the University of California San Diego Medical Center, profiling five women.

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Episode 20

Risk Management

Sun, Nov 2, 2003 60 mins

Included: emergency C-sections and placenta previa.

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Episode 21

Full of Surprises

Sun, Jan 4, 2004 60 mins

A mother's advanced age puts her baby at risk; Pitocin is given to a mother with a rectal laceration from a previous delivery; gestational diabetes complicates delivery of triplets; and Rh incompatibility threatens an otherwise normal pregnancy.

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Episode 22

Little Miracles

Sun, Feb 8, 2004 60 mins

Six women face difficult deliveries in the high-risk maternity ward at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland. Included: a mother has adult diabetes; another is in the first stages of pre-eclampsia.

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Episode 23

Any Day Now

Sun, Feb 15, 2004 60 mins

A mother's epilepsy medication raises the risk of birth defects; doctors induce labor for a mother who is eight days overdue; a woman waits to see whether her baby has Down syndrome.

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Episode 24

Fight for Life

Sun, Mar 14, 2004 60 mins

A woman with a history of birth complications goes into preterm labor; triplets may arrive at 33 weeks; preeclampsia forces an early delivery; high blood pressure makes a delivery risky.

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Episode 25

Unexpected Joy

Sun, Apr 4, 2004 60 mins

A woman with dangerously high blood pressure is admitted to the hospital; a mother is set to deliver her third child at 37 weeks; an expectant patient could bleed to death if she delivers vaginally; a woman two hours into her induction is examined.

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Episode 26

One of a Kind

Sun, Apr 25, 2004 60 mins

A "forward roll" moves a fetus into birthing position; cord entanglement threatens twins; hypertension is a problem for a mother and baby; and a mother's advanced age increases risk of chromosome abnormalities.

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Episode 27

Clinging to Life

Mon, Jun 7, 2004 60 mins

The high-risk maternity ward at Denver's Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center. Included: preterm labor; gastroschisis.

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Episode 28

Defining Moments

Sat, Jun 12, 2004 60 mins

A woman's labor is complicated by a fever, while another has chronic high blood pressure. Also: labor is induced after a urine test indicates high protein levels.

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Episode 29

Signs of Life

Sun, Aug 1, 2004 60 mins

The altitude in Aspen makes a premature delivery of twins risky; a woman is frightened to deliver her baby after four failed pregnancies. Also: postpartum hemorrhage.

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Episode 30

Crisis Mode

Mon, Sep 6, 2004 60 mins

A woman develops superimposed pre-eclampsia. Also: a breech-position twin is examined.

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Episode 31

Tense Encounters

Sun, Sep 19, 2004 60 mins

Kidney stones complicate a delivery for one couple; after four miscarriages, doctors stitch a woman's cervix to delay delivery; a rare liver malfunction causes severe itching and the risk of stillbirth; a mother carries malformed twins.

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Episode 32

Miracles in the Making

Sat, Oct 2, 2004 60 mins

A premature baby may have underdeveloped lungs; an obese mother may have problems delivering; a child is born with spina bifida.

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Episode 33

In the Eye of the Storm

Wed, Oct 6, 2004 60 mins

Pregnancy-induced hypertension prompts an immediate delivery; one amniotic sac houses high-risk twins; a patient's membranes rupture prematurely.

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Episode 34

Sweet Dreams

Sat, Oct 30, 2004 60 mins

A look at six women who face difficult deliveries at the high-risk maternity ward of Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, including one woman whose membranes prematurely rupture and leak amniotic fluid; and another who learns her twins are sharing the same amniotic sac.

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Episode 35

Point of No Return

Sun, Nov 14, 2004 60 mins

A rash on a woman's chest could be deadly; a woman is in labor for 18 hours but still wants to have her baby naturally; a routine check up reveals arrhythmia.

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Episode 36

Perilous Conditions

Sun, Dec 5, 2004 60 mins

An emergency C-section is needed to save twins; Type 2 diabetes may cause trouble during birth; high blood pressure forces a woman into early labor. Also: a painful natural childbirth.

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Episode 37

Essence of Life

Sun, Dec 12, 2004 60 mins

A woman at risk for miscarriage; a woman with only half a uterus who's carrying her second daughter; a baby in fetal distress.

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Episode 38

Challenges from the Start

Sun, Jan 23, 2005 60 mins

A mother's blood won't clot, indicating she may have lost one of the twins she's carrying; after preterm labor, a mother has made it to 39 weeks; a mother has placenta percreta; doctors monitor a diabetic woman's labor.

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Episode 39

Wrapped Up in Hope

Sun, Apr 3, 2005 60 mins

A second-time surrogate who was hospitalized with pre-term labor begins contracting again, and her cervix is thinning but not dilating.

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Episode 40

Straight from the Heart

Sun, May 1, 2005 60 mins

Included: a woman's water breaks six weeks before her due date; a woman has toxemia; a warm shower may help a woman in labor; an 18-year-old mother must deliver prematurely.

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Episode 41

Tiny Lives in Peril

Sun, Jun 5, 2005 60 mins

A woman's pre-term labor poses risks; a first-time mother of twins has pre-eclampsia; a premature baby and the mother are at risk for infection.

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Episode 42

Critical Care

Fri, Jun 17, 2005 60 mins

Included: a C-section to deliver twin girls who have a size discordance. Also: a liver condition called cholastesis threatens a baby; a woman who has had two miscarriages has a risky pregnancy.

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Episode 43

Trying Times

Sun, Jun 19, 2005 60 mins

Six women have difficult deliveries at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Included: water breaks at 27 weeks, endangering a baby; an epidural for a woman two weeks overdue.

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Episode 44

On the Front Line

Sun, Jul 24, 2005 60 mins

Difficult deliveries at the Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash.

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Episode 45

Hurry Up and Wait

Sun, Aug 7, 2005 60 mins

Identical twins are diagnosed with twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome in the womb; a mother tests positive for group beta strep; high blood pressure threatens a mother and her triplets.

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Episode 46

Without Warning

Sun, Sep 4, 2005 60 mins

Five women face risky deliveries in the maternity ward of Miller Children's Hospital in Long Beach, Cal.

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Episode 47


Wed, Mar 15, 2006 60 mins

Five favorite cases from past seasons are revisited. Included: a follow-up with the parents and babies one year and two years after their births.

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