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The second season of Lifetime Television’s hospital docu-series, One Born Every Minute, premieres Tuesday, November 29, at 10pm ET/PT.  Photo credit: Stephen Seebeck Photography

"One Born Every Minute" review by Suzanne
Premieres Tuesday, November 29, at 10pm ET/PT on Lifetime.

This is the second season of a good reality show. I don't watch most reality shows, but this one is very real compared to most.

Please read my review of the first season. It pretty much tells you my opinion of the show and how it works. It's still a good show!

More Information:

YOU ARE INVITED LIFETIME’S ONE BORN EVERY MINUTE TO CELEBRATE SECOND BIRTHDAY ON NOVEMBER 29

Second Season of Acclaimed Hospital Docu-Series Literally Capturing Life inside Ohio Maternity Ward Returns with Ten All-New Hour-Long Episodes

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 20, 2011) – Set to celebrate its second birthday, Lifetime’s highly anticipated and emotional docu-series One Born Every Minute will return for season two on Tuesday, November 29, at 10:00pm ET/PT. Narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis, the acclaimed program takes an in-depth look at life inside the maternity ward at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, like no other program on television. One Born Every Minute’s premiere will immediately follow the debut of Lifetime’s all-new reality program America’s Supernanny.

With exclusive access to Riverside Methodist’s facilities – ranging from the front desk and nurse’s station to the delivery and operating rooms -- and its team of doctors, nurses and specialists, One Born Every Minute’s 40 cameras roll 24 hours a day, seven days a week to uniquely capture the high drama, unexpected humor and overwhelming emotion of child birth as new lives begin and others change forever at the hospital. Lifetime will air ten all-new hour-long episodes of One Born Every Minute during its second season.

Highlights of One Born Every Minute’s second season include an array of intense, joyous, riveting and tender moments numerous expectant parents will experience during the series this year. Among the couples allowing One Born Every Minute and Lifetime viewers to witness their familial milestones are young couple Jada and Kareem, whose competitive mothers literally come to blows in the hospital, letting the seething tension between them boil over and overshadow the birth of their first grandchild; high school sweethearts Katie and Tim, who thought their young family was complete with two children but are about to deliver their third -- thanks to a surprise pregnancy that caught everybody off-guard; Beth and Rocky, the off-and-on couple who met online and now must endure the added pressure of intense family criticism about Rocky’s troubled past on the most important day of their lives; and first-time parents-to-be Kelley and Chris, a couple longing for a healthy baby after struggling through the heartbreaking experiences no one ever wants to face -- two miscarriages and a stillborn child.

Based on the popular U.K. format originated by Dragonfly, the program is produced by fellow Shine Group company Reveille, with Elisabeth Murdoch, Howard T. Owens, Heather Schuster, Robin Ashbrook, Sanjay Singhal and Jack Tarantino executive producing the second season, alongside Rob Sharenow, Gena McCarthy and Sandy Varo Jarrell of Lifetime.

ABOUT REVEILLE

Reveille is part of the Shine Group, one of the world's foremost multinational entertainment and drama companies. Best known for its popular and award-winning hit series including Masterchef, The Biggest Loser, The Office, The Buried Life, Ugly Betty, The Tudors, Tabitha’s Salon Takeover, Shear Genius and Parental Control, the Company also focuses on exploiting worldwide intellectual property rights in scripted and unscripted television and digital entertainment. Reveille has partnerships with Break Media, Microsoft and Yahoo! to develop original online series for brands. Through its distribution arm, Shine International, Reveille distributes its extensive library of programming to more than 150 countries.

ABOUT LIFETIME

Lifetime Television http://www.mylifetime.com/ is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and information programming, and advocating a wide range of issues affecting women and their families. Lifetime Television®, Lifetime Movie Network®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group, Hearst Corporation and NBC Universal.

DOCTOR TOM HARMON

How long have you been a doctor?
23 years

How long have you been at Riverside?
19 years

How did you choose to be a doctor?
Interested since high school, father was in optometry

What is your favorite part of the job/least favorite?
The relationships that have lasted decades!

Are you married, do you have kids, dating?
Married, 4 daughters

How do you describe your job to people?
Incredibly rewarding, honored to share in birth experience with patients

Any other interesting info about you.
I make a wonderful Italian red sauce and meatballs

What’s special about Riverside Methodist?
The closeness/shared interests of hospital personnel, staff

What are your interests/hobbies outside of your job?
Spending time with family, playing golf and wine

DOCTOR STU JONES

How long have you been a doctor?
23 years

How long have you been at Riverside?
23 years

How did you choose to be a doctor?
I was told in middle school that I should be a doctor because of my grades, but since that time the sciences were what I was good at and what I enjoyed. Believe me, my papers in Literature classes in college were the level of a 4th grader.

What is your favorite part of the job/least favorite?
The delivery of a healthy baby is still the best part of the job, pictures of the baby after delivery never get old. The drive in to do a delivery at 3am when the temperature is below zero is least favorite, especially when the nurses make fun of my bed head when I get here.

Are you married, do you have kids, dating?
Married for 23 years, 3 kids. Kyle age 21 is a chef here in town. Austin 18, at Bowling Green studying to be in federal law enforcement. Emily 15, freshman, a regional champion in gymnastics.

What’s a typical shift like at work?
My usual day starts at 7am, meetings as the chairman, rounding on patients, either covering the hospital or heading off to the office. The problem is that 7am start may continue till dinner the next day.

How do you describe your job to people?
My job is a job that has a lot of stress, changes daily, often having to be in 3 places at one time (i.e. balancing delivery, babies, operating, business hours, chairman meetings) but with a lot of reward at the end.

Any other interesting info about you.
The whole challenge in this job has been balancing family and job. I hate missing events and luckily I have not missed many despite the hours I spend here.

What’s special about Riverside Methodist?
Riverside is like a home away from home which is good because I am here as much or more than home. The people here are like family. We take care of each other, pick each other up when were down.

What are your interests/hobbies outside of your job?
I love being outside, boating, skiing. I enjoy playing hockey – I still play one to two times per week. Where else at the age of 49 can you hit someone and only get in trouble for 5 minutes. I have always enjoyed watching my kids in sports, my oldest boy in football, Austin in hockey and Emily in gymnastics. Enjoy scuba diving, the best part is all my kids dive with me as well. I’ve also tried skydiving, which is a huge rush. And enjoy working out

DOCTOR JASON MELILLO

How long have you been a doctor?
15 years

How long have you been at Riverside?
15 years

How did you choose to be a doctor?
I didn’t, it choose me. I was an English major in college but spent a day shadowing a general surgeon and was hooked.

What is your favorite part of the job/least favorite?
Favorite: getting to know a patient and being with them through good and bad times and making a positive impact on their life. Least: how the business of medicine is taking time away from care

Are you married, do you have kids, dating?
Married my prom date, 4 kids

What’s a typical shift like at work?
Completely atypical. My day can change at any moment. Usually morning rounds, office patients, maybe a surgery or delivery as well

How do you describe your job to people?
When its good, there’s nothing better…..when it’s bad, there is nothing worse.

Any other interesting info about you.
I once accidently stole a car, I wrote a book with my daughter. I own three race horses. I am 100% Italian.

What’s special about Riverside Methodist?
The entire staff cares for patients better than any other place I have seen. They take care of pregnant women better than anyone

What are your interests/hobbies outside of your job?
Writing, travel, having fun with my kids, going to the beach and eating shrimp.

DOCTOR MISSY BOYLES

How long have you been a doctor?
Finished residency in 1993

How long have you been at Riverside?
1988 for residency, on staff since 1992

How did you choose to be a doctor?
Was in a medical explorers group in high school that stimulated my interest

What is your favorite part of the job/least favorite?
Favorite: Variety of preventative care and procedures/surgeries Least: telling a patient they have cancer or that they don’t have a good pregnancy

Are you married, do you have kids, dating?
Married, one son – 12 years old

What’s a typical shift like at work?
Usually see 30-­50 patients in a full day. Rounds before office hours. Attend deliveries as needed. On call 1 every 6 nights

How do you describe your job to people?
Rewarding, humbling to be part of such a special moment in their lives, Fun and sometime tiring

Any other interesting info about you.
I experienced re-­current pregnancy losses, multiple surgeries and eventually had my son via a gestational host!

What’s special about Riverside Methodist?
Great group of people, nurses, ancillary staff, colleagues, surgical specialist to work with. Very congenial relationships

What are your interests/hobbies outside of your job?
Handwork like cross-­stitching, reading, water sports, snow skiing and travel

DOCTOR BETH BOYLES

How long have you been a doctor?
Since 1982 – 24 years

How long have you been at Riverside?
Since 1982 – left for 1 year to practice in Indianapolis

How did you choose to be a doctor?
I was born with the “calling” I think

What is your favorite part of the job/least favorite?
I love being an integral part of the patient’s life – having the ongoing relationships. The paperwork and insurance are my least favorite

Are you married, do you have kids, dating?
Married 25 years, 3 children

What’s a typical shift like at work?
The only predictable in that the day will be unpredictable. Starts out very easy with rounds or surgery – then office. Interrupted with deliveries at any time. Charting all labs to go over after office finish

How do you describe your job to people?
Rewarding – ever changing – always new technology to keep my mind stimulated! Always learning, always teaching

Any other interesting info about you.
Doing robotic surgery is the closest I have come to video game playing!

What’s special about Riverside Methodist?
There is an obvious feeling of “pride” amongst the doctors and employees. People are happy here and welcoming to patients and families

What are your interests/hobbies outside of your job?
Golf, gardening, exercise, reading, water skiing

DOCTOR KIM SHEPHERD

How long have you been a doctor?
11 years

How long have you been at Riverside?
7 years

How did you choose to be a doctor?
I wanted to take care of people. I watched my grandmother as a patient growing up and wanted the opportunity to take care of people and their families

What is your favorite part of the job/least favorite?
My favorite part of my job is getting the opportunity to take care of women throughout their lives from adolescence through childbirth and beyond. My least favorite I don’t have a least favorite part

Are you married, do you have kids, dating?
Married with 3 boys -­ 4, 7 and 11

What’s a typical shift like at work?
I am in private practice – Kingsdale Gynecological Associates. I am either in the office, in the operating room or in labor and delivery

How do you describe your job to people?
I feel very lucky to do my job. Its different everyday. I feel like I go to work and talk to 40 friends a day

Any other interesting info about you.
I’m originally from Texas and come from a non medical family

What’s special about Riverside Methodist?
The nurses are amazing! Everyone loves their job and they do an incredible job taking care of patients. The nurses and physicians work great as a team. Riverside is an amazing place to have a baby

What are your interests/hobbies outside of your job?
Spending time with my family

JEN THOMPSON -­ Nurse

How long have you been a nurse?
9 years in June

How did you choose to be a nurse?
A lot of influence from my mother, she is also a nurse

Favorite part of your job…..
The constant chaos of triage and working with some of my closest friends

Least favorite part of your job…..
As a triage nurse, having a patient come in for decreased fetal movement and not finding heart tones

You married, have kids, dating?
Married, 9 years in June to my high school sweetheart. We have one son who is 6 years old

What’s a typical shift like at work?
It all just depends….everyday is different

How do you describe your job to people?
I work in triage evaluating pregnant women with various complaints

Any other interesting info about you.
I’m a vegetarian, I love animals and the ocean and my dad is an NFL football coach for the Raiders….GO RAIDERS!!!

Any hobbies/interests when you’re not at the hospital?
I like remodeling old houses and traveling

What’s special about Riverside Methodist?
Their appreciation for nurses

How long have you been at Riverside?
Almost 4 years, since April 2007

TOVIE DEWEY-­ Nurse

How long have you been a nurse?
13 years

How did you choose to be a nurse?
I grew up around medicine…. It’s in my blood

How long have you been at Riverside?
8 years

What is your favorite part of the job/least favorite?
I love the people (patients & staff). My least favorite is paperwork

Are you married, do you have kids, dating?
Single, with 3 grown children, and 1 daughter in law

What’s a typical shift like at work?
There is no typical shift, each shift is always a new adventure

How do you describe your job to people?
I have died and gone to nursing heaven

Any other interesting info about you.
Life is simple these days…I like that

What’s special about Riverside Methodist?
It feels like family and it’s a friendly place to work

What are your interests/hobbies outside of your job?
I love to sing, roller blade, bike, read, hike and travel

BRIDGET KRALL -­ Nurse

How long have you been a nurse?
5 years – 3 in the Neurology unit and 2 in Labor and Delivery

How long have you been at Riverside?
5 years

How did you choose to be a nurse?
I always knew that I wanted to have a career in the medicine field. As an undecided freshman, I talked with a sorority sister who was in the nursing program at Ohio State and I immediately became interested in nursing. Later that year, I applied and was accepted into the program

What is your favorite part of the job/least favorite?
My favorite part of being a labor and delivery nurse is witnessing the reactions of my patient’s faces when they see and meet their little one for the first time. I also love watching the new grandparents enter the room for the first time after the delivery and seeing pure happiness written all over their faces. My least favorite part of being a labor and delivery nurse is at times (on busy, busy nights) feeling like I can’t do all that I want to do to comfort and bond with great families (as much as I’d like to) during their labor and delivery experience

Are you married, do you have kids, dating?
I have been married to my husband, Joe for 3 years. We don’t have any kids but are thrilled to be getting a puppy in November

What’s a typical shift like at work?
Most days on out unit are very fast paced and busy. We typically deliver over 20 babies a day and for most of our nurses that means non-­stop patient care. From education to relaxation techniques, from coaching to monitoring, we are responsible for the care and well being of the mother and her unborn child. As one patient delivers, another (or three) typically comes rolling on the unit in labor

How do you describe your job to people?
I describe my job to others as an exciting and very rewarding career. How fun to spend your days (and nights) helping to bring life into the world. It’s very fun to meet new families and act as an advocate for my patients. It’s great to feel so appreciated!

Any other interesting info about you.
I grew up on a farm in Northern Kentucky, moved to Columbus after high school to attend Ohio State, and have lived here ever since. Columbus is the perfect size city for me!

What’s special about Riverside Methodist?
I love working at Riverside! My first experience in this hospital was my senior year in college during a clinical rotation. The people at RMH are like no others-­they are friendly, kind and always willing to lend a hand. My co-­workers in labor and delivery are like my second family. I enjoy working with such an amazing group of women. These ladies are intelligent, supportive and full of laughter!

What are your interests/hobbies outside of your job?
I enjoy vacations with my family and friends and Ohio State football!!

GINA THREAT -­ Nurse
 

How long have you been a nurse?
10 years

How did you choose to be a nurse?
I’ve wanted to be a nurse for as long as I can remember, as a little girl I would play dress up and was always a nurse

How long have you been at Riverside?
10 years

What is your favorite part of the job/least favorite?
My favorite part is being part of my patient’s special day and helping them through everything. I feel like I can make this special occasion memorable for them. It’s a birthday party every day!

Are you married, do you have kids, dating?
Married to Darryl for 6 years. Kayli 17 years old, high school senior

What’s a typical shift like at work?
Everyday is something different, no 2 days are ever the same

How do you describe your job to people?
I help deliver babies

Any other interesting info about you.
I spent 17 months in Iraq/Kuwait as a nurse with the US Army. 17 years total service time!

What are your interests/hobbies outside of your job?
Sleeping and spending time with family. I love watching my daughter play volleyball. Spring is spent traveling with her to volleyball tournaments.

AMANDA MONIHAN -­ Nurse

How long have you been a nurse?
Nurse for 6 years (labor and delivery 3 years)

How long have you been at Riverside?
6 years

How did you choose to be a nurse?
I always wanted to be a nurse. I used to watch surgery video’s growing up, instead of cartoons. I decided labor and delivery in nursing school

What is your favorite part of the job/least favorite?
Favorite part: being a part of someone else’s miracle Worst part: being a part of someone else’s nightmare

Are you married, do you have kids, dating?
Married for 5 years and I’M EXPECTING!

What’s a typical shift like at work?
Everyday is something different, but everyday is AMAZING. Typically one big birthday bash

How do you describe your job to people?
I help deliver babies Any other interesting info about you.

What’s not interesting about me!?
Just joking….I’m just an outright goofball

What are your interests/hobbies outside of your job?
I love to scrapbook! Which also means I love to take pictures! Even though it’s outside of my work hobby, it does tend to spill over into my deliveries. I tend to take a lot of pictures of the deliveries I get to be

TANJA WILSON -­ Nurse

How long have you been a nurse?
30 years

How long have you been at Riverside?
28 years

How did you choose to be a nurse?
My aunt was a nurse and convinced me

What is your favorite part of the job/least favorite?
Favorite: the unexpected Least: 12 hours kicks my ass at times!

Are you married, do you have kids, dating?
In a relationship, 2 kids Seth 30 and Bryn 21

What’s a typical shift like at work?
Usually in triage and usually very busy!!! You never know what to expect and it keeps you on your toes!

How do you describe your job to people?
Labor and delivery RN, usually very happy place to work Any other interesting info about you. 2 Boston Terries named Dirty martini and Tasmanian devil. Also work in our clinic and an OB/GYN office and I worked psych nursing for 18 years!

What’s special about Riverside Methodist?
Nice place to work, friendly people

What are your interests/hobbies outside of your job?
Baking, dog parks, reading, shopping, travel, meeting with friends, having fun and party!

LINDA KASKIN -­ Nurse

How long have you been a nurse?
28 years

How long have you been at Riverside?
20 years

How did you choose to be a nurse?
Just always wanted to be, was a candy stripper even in high school

What is your favorite part of the job/least favorite?
Delivering the babies of course!

Are you married, do you have kids, dating?
Divorced, 2 daughters, 4 grandkids

What’s a typical shift like at work?
Busy, running around, we like to help our friends here

How do you describe your job to people?
Dealing with all kinds of personalities and the many family members

Any other interesting info about you.
I like chocolate

What’s special about Riverside Methodist?
They take care of the people that take care of the people

What are your interests/hobbies outside of your job?
Running, reading, crossword puzzles.

CARMIE CLARK -­ Nurse

How long have you been a nurse?
25 years

How long have you been at Riverside?
I started working at Riverside in 1987. I began my career in Obstetrics in January of 1988

How did you choose to be a nurse?
My father was a dentist and I worked with him occasionally in his office. He was a positive influence for me to pursue a career in the healthcare field. I enjoyed working for him and realized I really enjoyed taking care of people

What is your favorite part of the job/least favorite?
I have to say that the most favorite part of my job is being part of such a special and intimate time with my patients in welcoming their newborn. I love placing infants for the first time on their mothers’ abdomen and in their fathers’ arms for the first time. Seeing the look they give that new baby is priceless. My least favorite are the sad moments we occasionally have sharing in the loss of a life.

Are you married, do you have kids, dating?
I have two beautiful children. Ryan is 20 years old and a junior in college pursuing a career in physical therapy and Jenna is 18 and a senior in high school

What’s a typical shift like at work?
A typical shift for me is busy, especially in the late afternoons, as many of our patients deliver their babies. It is also typical to start an induction and be able to stay with the same couple for the entire process from beginning to end. Since I work 12 hour shifts I have the ability and luck of being able to take care of someone the entire time……something many of our patients are very grateful for!

How do you describe your job to people?
I usually just tell my family and friends that I take care of the mom during labor and delivery and a couple hours of the infant after they deliver. I tell them I have a very fun and special job. Since OBEM aired, my family and friends really understand what I do now.

Any other interesting info about you.
I am originally from the Cleveland area and always will be a Browns fan. I danced in VaudVillities for a few years here in Columbus. I am a huge animal lover, I have 2 dogs and 2 cats

What’s special about Riverside Methodist?
We have a special team put together at Riverside Methodist. A team of physicians, midwives, nurses, PSA’s and scrub nurses who all work together as one team with the same goal of having a happy, healthy mom and baby, and of course watching the smile across the fathers face. Riverside is special because we are special personnel here taking special care of each other and every mother/baby we have. We are very fortunate here at Riverside to have a very special team who work together so well in caring for our patients in giving them the ability to share in their care for a one of a kind family centered experience.

What are your interests/hobbies outside of your job?
I like to strength train and exercise. I like to bikeride and take long walks. I love to go kayaking too. I love being outside and working in the garden/yard. I love the sun! And I like to knit and drink wine. Being a former dancer, I also like to go to the shows with the girls, especially Broadway musicals. I am interested in traveling more in my future to places that I have never been.

MARY ENGLEHEART -­ Nurse

How long have you been a nurse?
I have been a nurse for 28 years. 26 years as a labor and delivery nurse

How long have you been at Riverside?
22 years

How did you choose to be a nurse?
My mom is a nurse, my father a microbiologist, and just was always interested in the medical field

What is your favorite part of the job/least favorite?
My favorite part of my job is being able to be part of the most memorable experience in someone’s life. I love updating families in the waiting room, there are so many great aspects of my job

Are you married, do you have kids, dating?
Married to Eric, my best friend, 2 adult step sons

What’s a typical shift like at work?
Arrive and have babies

How do you describe your job to people?
Deliver babies

Any other interesting info about you.
Was a traveling nurse before working at Riverside Methodist Hospital for 4 years. Came to Riverside as a traveler and never left

What’s special about Riverside Methodist?
EVERYTHING! The administration, the managers, the associates, the environment. It is great to work with the best heath care team in the nation

What are your interests/hobbies outside of your job?
Love sports, play softball, love fishing, crabbing, shrimping, then eating the haul! Absolutely love the sea – and I live in O.H.I.O!

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