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Oh Baby! Discovery Health's BABY WEEK Offers the Most Pregnancies, Births and Drama Anywhere on Television
Date:5/26/2009

- Discovery Health's Seventh Annual Programming Event Presents Baby Programming Nightly at 8 PM (ET/PT) from Sunday, June 14, through Friday, June 19 -

SILVER SPRING, Md., May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The stork drops by Discovery Health the third week of June to deliver the network's seventh annual BABY WEEK! From dangerous pregnancies, to surprise deliveries, to expectant mothers big and small -- this year's programming slate will captivate audiences with powerful, real-life stories sure to shock, amaze and warm the heart, including:

  • TWINS BY SURPRISE
  • LITTLE PARENTS, BIG PREGNANCY
  • DELIVER ME Season 3 Premiere
  • BIRTHS BEYOND BELIEF
  • OBESE AND PREGNANT

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Airing each night at 8 PM (ET/PT) from Sunday, June 14, through Friday, June 19, BABY WEEK kicks off with the premiere of TWINS BY SURPRISE, an hour-long special recounting the amazing stories of four women who believed they were pregnant with one child -- but actually gave birth to two!

On Monday, June 15, at 8 PM (ET/PT), Discovery Health will debut the heartwarming story of Becky and Craig Hennon, a dwarf couple awaiting the birth of their first child, in LITTLE PARENTS, BIG PREGNANCY. For an average-sized mother, pregnancy can be a challenge -- but for a little person like Becky with pseudoachondroplasia dwarfism, she and her baby boy face many more obstacles. With a 75 percent chance of giving birth to a dwarf, the Hennons have chosen to not know their child's fate ahead of time -- nor will they know what kind of dwarfism he may have. Capturing their joys and fears, LITTLE PARENTS, BIG PREGNANCY follows the Hennons from Becky's third trimester through the birth of their son, offering an insightful look at how a dwarf couple handles the universal stress of making room for baby.

BABY WEEK also will feature the following all-new premiere programs:

        -- BIRTHS BEYOND BELIEF
           NEW!  Premieres Tuesday, June 16, at 8 PM (ET/PT)
           When it comes to childbirth, not all couples choose to deliver in a
           hospital.  BIRTHS BEYOND BELIEF introduces viewers to three mothers
           with unique, unconventional birthing plans.  From the exotic to the
           extraordinary, these empowered parents will stop at nothing to
           pursue their dream births.

        -- DELIVER ME
           NEW Season!  Season 3 Premieres During BABY WEEK on Tuesday,
           June 16, at 10 PM (ET/PT)
           The balance between work and family is never easy, but when you are
           an OB/GYN dealing with high-risk pregnancies, every day is unique.
           Meet doctors Alane Park, Yvonne Bohn and Allison Hill -- friends,
           mothers and partners in a busy OB/GYN practice.  Viewers will have
           a front-row seat for all the drama, emotion and challenges -- both
           professional and personal -- the doctors confront every day.

        -- OBESE AND PREGNANT
           NEW!  Premieres Wednesday, June 17, at 8 PM (ET/PT)
           OBESE AND PREGNANT introduces the stories of three expectant
           mothers experiencing the joy and fear of carrying a child -- while
           also carrying more than 100 extra pounds.


Due to popular demand, Discovery Health also will offer encore presentations of its "best of baby" programming -- shows that never cease to amaze and get people buzzing:

        -- FREEBIRTHING
           Airs Thursday, June 18, at 8 PM (ET/PT)
           FREEBIRTHING chronicles the growing movement of women in the United
           States and the U.K. who are defying medical advice to give birth
           with no drugs, no midwife and no medical support.  Supporters claim
           this is how having a baby was always meant to be -- but doctors say
           "freebirthing" has terrible risks.

        -- DOUBLE IDENTICAL TWINS: FOUR YEARS LATER
           Airs Friday, June 19, at 8 PM (ET/PT)
           Updating the original special DOUBLE IDENTICAL TWINS, Discovery
           Health follows the latest adventures of the Morris family, who grew
           from three members to seven after the birth of an extremely rare
           set of quads: two identical boys and two identical girls.  DOUBLE
           IDENTICAL TWINS: FOUR YEARS LATER examines how this amazing family
           navigates medical and life challenges, and manages to brave it all
           with a sense of humor.

Online at DiscoveryHealth.com, visitors will have access to vital information on pregnancy, babies and the postpartum period through an array of resources, including relevant articles, tip sheets and expert-driven guides. In addition, visitors can discuss pregnancy and parenting in community support forums. The refreshed site will also feature interactive quizzes, fun games and exclusive video content.

TWINS BY SURPRISE is produced by Wendy Douglas for Discovery Health and by Valerie Chow for Mike Mathis Productions. LITTLE PARENTS, BIG PREGNANCY is produced by Alon Orstein for Discovery Health and by Bergan Sipe for Figure 8 Films. BIRTHS BEYOND BELIEF is produced by Alon Orstein for Discovery Health and Dale Bosch for CABLEready. DELIVER ME is produced by Alon Orstein for Discovery Health and Eric Schiff for Eric Schiff Productions. OBESE AND PREGNANT is produced by Lisa Lucas for Discovery Health and Steven Engel for Engel Entertainment. FREEBIRTHING is produced by NaToya Goldman for Discovery Health and is an acquisition from Granada International Media. DOUBLE IDENTICAL TWINS: FOUR YEARS LATER is produced by Alon Orstein for Discovery Health and by Eric Schiff for Eric Schiff Productions.

About Discovery Health

Discovery Health Media includes the Discovery Health and FitTV television networks and online assets including www.discoveryhealth.com, as well as its Continuing Medical Education (CME) business and Discovery's first stand-alone VOD service, Discovery Health On-Call. Discovery Health Media is part of Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISAD, DISBD, DISCK), the world's number one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 170 countries. Discovery empowers people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity through 100-plus worldwide networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Planet Green, Investigation Discovery and HD Theater, as well as leading consumer and educational products and services, and a diversified portfolio of digital media services including HowStuffWorks.com. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.


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