Mon, August 23rd, 2018
Thursday 9pm – 10pm, BBC2
An astonishing and sad statistic presented by the NHS reveals that 80% of parents who are presented with the fact their baby has spina bifida during the 20 week scan choose to terminate that pregnancy. Spina bifida, believed to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, is a birth defect that occurs at 4 weeks after fertilisation when there is an incomplete closing of the backbone and membranes around the spinal cord. The defect leads to difficulty with bladder and bowel control, reduced walking mobility, tethered spinal cord, hydrocephalus and even a latex allergy. 1 in 1000 births in the UK features a form of spina bifida and a surprising number of cases occur when a mother fails to follow simple folic acid care instructions from medical professionals.