Baby Surgeons at St George’s

Filming for a brand new two-part series following women experiencing complex pregnancies through to birth and beyond started in January 2020 to highlight the work of our fetal medicine, neonatal and maternity units alongside other related services such as paediatric surgery at St George’s.

The series aims to show the highs and lows of parenthood through more complex pregnancies and the decision making that goes into them by both the families and our clinical teams.

As one of the UK’s leading fetal medicine units, the series will showcase some of the most pioneering baby surgery performed, by our specialist teams, both inside and outside of the womb to save and improve the lives of babies.

‘Baby Surgeons’ – the series working title – is being directed by James W. Newton and Executive Produced by Wonderhood’s Chief Creative Officer, Samantha Anstiss, and Executive Producer, Katharine Patrick and has been commissioned by Channel 4 Documentary Commissioner, Alisa Pomeroy for broadcast later in 2020.

Read more about Baby Surgeons in our press release here.

Information for patients

We have set out some key information about ‘Baby Surgeons’ in a Q&A format below. If you have any additional questions, please contact Pippa Harper via the contact details listed at the bottom of this page.

I’m pregnant and my care is with St George’s. Does this mean I’ll be filmed?

No, only a small number of patients will be approached by the clinical team within routine fetal medicine appointments to ask if they would be open to have a conversation with Wonderhood. This would be a non-obligatory conversation to explain the project in more detail. There is absolutely no pressure to take part if you do not wish to.

What happens after the conversation with Wonderhood?

A number of things could happen based on your specific patient journey, for example filming procedures you and/or your baby may have. Everything would be clearly communicated to you, without cameras rolling, to ensure you are able to make an informed and collaborative decision. It’s important to note that there is no chance of you being filmed without your explicit consent.

I’m not a maternity patient, but I am a patient at St George’s, will I be filmed?

No, the way that Wonderhood film means that only those who give specific consent – and are initially approached by a St George’s clinician – will be captured.

If you are a St George’s maternity patient and have any questions about the project, please speak to your clinical team directly or contact Pippa Harper, Media Manager, via philippa.harper@stgeorges.nhs.uk

 

Image caption: Professor Khalil (front centre) and Professor Thilaganathan (front right) and supporting teams, attempting the UK’s first fetoscopic intubation of a fetus with a neck tumour at St George’s Hospital, London.

Photo credit: Wonderhood Studios