Horizon - Waiting for a Heartbeat - [2006-01-19]
Filmed over a year, this documentary looks at one of the world's leading miscarriage clinics, following the highs and lows of the team as they battle to keep yearned-for babies in the womb just long enough to give them a chance of life. At St Mary's Hospital, London, one woman leads a team on a mission to provide hope where there has been none. Professor Lesley Regan is one of the world's great experts on miscarriage and women come from all over the world desperate for her help. She handles only the toughest cases and has pioneered a host of techniques to help women have children. This film follows the pregnancies of three women who have all discovered various problems with their pregnancies. A tiny mutation in just one amino acid in one gene caused one woman to lose three children. Another woman was duped into paying for an expensive treatment for years, in which she was injected with her partner's white blood cells. The result is that the woman concerned has to be told that she will never have children, as she is now past child-bearing age.