Lorraine Charker-Phillips reveals the realities of birth in new Channel 4 show

The second series of Channel 4's One Born Every Minute has been particularly welcomed, with around 2.3 million viewers - a 9.1 per cent share of the audience. Good news for Lorraine Charker-Phillips, the series director.

The 12-week documentary - now three episodes in - provides a detailed insight into life on a busy maternity ward, and the challenges of becoming parents.

Mrs Charker-Phillips, 40, tells People: "You can't help but be moved by it. It is not just about the hospitals but about people's lives and their relationships with the doctors and midwives. It's full of detail and there are some heart-wrenching moments - we cover neonatal pregnancies and triplets being born."

A freelance director, Mrs Charker-Phillips has been making documentaries for the past 15 years.

They include Grandchild of the Holocaust for the BBC, which followed a Holocaust survivor and her grandson as they returned to Poland and Germany to tell her story.

She says: "I think it is an amazing privilege to walk into people's lives and be able to tell their stories. People aren't paid to take part - it's amazing what they are willing to share."

Last year, the show's production company, Dragon Fly, picked up a BAFTA for the first series.

One Born Every Minute, Mondays, Channel 4, 9pm

    Last updated: 12:22pm, January 27 2011