SILVER SPRING, Md., May 29 /PRNewswire/ — A multimedia event like no other, BABY WEEK is Discovery Health’s annual tribute to adorable infants everywhere and the hardworking parents who love and care for them. This year, BABY WEEK kicks off on Sunday, June 10, at 8 PM (ET/PT) and continues through Friday, June 15, 2007. Viewers can tune in all week to watch baby-themed stories about remarkable families, inspiring pregnancies and baffling medical mysteries. In addition, Discovery Health will show support for its mission partner, the March of Dimes, by airing public service announcements addressing the growing problem of premature birth.
Discovery Health is known for introducing audiences to amazing and unforgettable families during BABY WEEK. While this year is no exception, viewers also will have the opportunity to become reacquainted with some memorable parents and little ones from years past. First out of the playpen in this year’s BABY WEEK lineup is the premiere of QUINTUPLETS! REVISITED, Sunday, June 10, at 8 PM (ET/PT), which checks in with the Derk family three years after the memorable birth of their quintuplets. The one-of-a-kind Gosselin family also makes a return appearance in 2007 with SEXTUPLETS AND TWINS: ONE YEAR LATER on Sunday, June 10, at 9 PM (ET/PT).
In addition to the wall-to-wall television programming, BABY WEEK will include a full offering of parenting advice and online baby-themed games, puzzles and video at DiscoveryHealth.com, starting June 10, 2007. Gamers can compete in the Olympics-inspired Parenting Games, which include five virtual events: feeding, diapering, bathing, cleaning up and bedtime. In addition, users will have the chance to put their short-term memory to the test with the Gosselin Concentration Game. Special March of Dimes content will also be featured on DiscoveryHealth.com detailing the organization’s mission to give every baby a healthy start.
Another unique feature of BABY WEEK is the robust video-on-demand (VOD) content on Discovery Health On-Call, including short-form video clips with tips and advice on babies and parenting as well as interviews with Discovery Health’s experts. This year, Discovery Health On-Call will be featuring a special sneak peak at a full-length episode of MYSTERY DIAGNOSIS focusing on the stories of three babies born with mysterious medical conditions.
2007 BABY WEEK Programming Preview: QUINTUPLETS! REVISITED Premieres Sunday, June 10, at 8 PM
Revisit the Derk family three years after the birth of their quintuplets. With the support of doctors and their community, remarkable parents Brenda and Jim were able to handle some incredible emotional ups and downs. Now, revisit the quintuplets’ first year of life and see how these frolicking 4-year-olds are thriving. Catch up with Brenda and Jim and the quintuplets as they celebrate their fourth birthday.
SEXTUPLETS AND TWINS: ONE YEAR LATER Airs Sunday, June 10, at 9 PM
Like many young married couples, Jon and Kate Gosselin planned on having children, but eight children, all under the age of five, was not exactly part of their plan. After finding out that Kate suffered from polycystic ovarian syndrome, which prevents normal ovulation, the couple turned to fertility treatment and quickly became pregnant with twin girls. Then, wanting to add one more child to their family, Jon and Kate went through another round of fertility treatment, resulting in sextuplets! Now Kate’s stretched-out post- pregnancy belly is going to get a tummy tuck, courtesy of one very generous viewer.
BABIES: SPECIAL DELIVERY REUNION Airs Monday, June 11, at 8 PM
Follow five of the most fascinating cases from past seasons of BABIES: SPECIAL DELIVERY, and follow up with the parents and babies one and two years later. Learn how the babies and mothers are doing since those eventful births.
QUINT-ESSENTIAL Airs Tuesday, June 12, at 8 PM
Meet Pete and Jenny of small-town Illinois. After losing two previous babies, Jenny manages to get pregnant again… this time with quintuplets! Experience the drama of a high-risk pregnancy, then meet the five miracle babies.
BABIES, BABIES EVERYWHERE Airs Wednesday, June 13, at 8 PM
In this one-hour reunion special, a trio of memorable families previously featured in the Discovery Health specials TRIPLE THE TRIPLETS and DOUBLE IDENTICAL TWINS are faced with medical and emotional challenges as they struggle to combine multiples and marriage.
PARENTING A BAKER'S DOZEN Premieres Thursday, June 14, at 8 PM
With six kids from a previous marriage, the Healys added one set of identical twins, then a singleton, then a set of fraternal twins, and now, without any fertility drugs, they have added two more identical twins, defying odds of one in five million.
MYSTERY DIAGNOSIS: BABIES Premieres Friday, June 15, at 8 PM
From the moment he was born, Lisa Murphy knew that something was terribly wrong with her youngest child, Eamon. His unresponsiveness and general lack of development worried Lisa and her husband Bob, but no doctor could find anything wrong with their son.
About the March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds programs of research, community services, education, and advocacy to save babies and in 2003 launched a campaign to address the increasing rate of premature birth. For more information, visit the March of Dimes Web site at marchofdimes.com or its Spanish language Web site at nacersano.org.
About Discovery Health Media Enterprises
Discovery Health Media Enterprises includes the Discovery Health and FitTV television networks and online assets including http://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 Enterprises is part of Discovery Communications, the number-one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 170 countries. Through TV and digital media, Discovery’s 100-plus worldwide networks include Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, The Science Channel, Discovery Health and Discovery HD Theater. Discovery Communications is owned by Discovery Holding Co. , Advance/Newhouse Communications and John S. Hendricks, Discovery’s founder and chairman. For more information please visit http://www.discovery.com/.
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