A MANSFIELD Woodhouse couple have appeared in a BBC reality TV programme which helps dads-to-be become more involved in their partner’s pregnancy.
Brett and Aimee Jewsbury featured in Monday night’s episode of ‘Don’t Just Stand There - I’m Having Your Baby’, which followed their preparations for the birth of baby daughter Jessica.
The programme followed Brett (29), as he was put through his paces by community midwife Jayne in an attempt to educate him about childbirth and pregnancy.
In particular he was hoping to overcome the urge to tell inappropriate jokes and become less squeamish about the whole process.
“He was looking forward to being a dad but didn’t know hardly anything,” said Aimee (25), of Newhaven Avenue.
“By the end of it, he knew more than me!”
Brett’s ‘training’ included wearing an empathy pregnancy belly and pushing a zorb up a hill to replicate the effort needed during labour.
He was also told all about the biology of giving birth and the equipment that is used.
His new-found knowledge was put to the test during Aimee’s labour - which lasted a whopping 44 hours, and did not go to plan.
Aimee said that Brett helped to keep her calm during the experience.
“I didn’t want to go to theatre and have a C-section, that was one of my worst nightmares,” she said.
“I was determined to get her out and it drove me to push harder and get her out myself.”
Baby Jessica Leigh is nearly six months old now, having been born at King’s Mill Hospital in October.
Aimee said that everyone who meets her says she is ‘the smiliest baby they have ever seen’ and Brett is a ‘brilliant’, ‘hands-on’ dad.
To mark their episode of the show being on BBC3 on Monday night, the couple had some friends around to watch it with them.
Aimee, who had not seen the final version before it was broadcast, said: “It was good - it was quite funny with some of the things that we did.
“Brett’s friends were impressed!”
The aim of the show is to teach first-time dads-to-be how to be more supportive during their partner’s pregnancy and birth and they are given practical homework such as caring for a robo-baby.
The episode featuring the Jewsburys is available on BBC iPlayer now.