From labourer to labour - meet the male midwife

Looking at Mark Harris, you might think he's a security guard, a builder or even a butcher, however Mark is actually one of just 122 male midwives in the UK.

Having delivered more than 500 babies over his 20-year career, Mark has developed a wealth of knowledge and experience regarding the birthing process; in particular how it feels for the father-to-be.

Mark has founded Birthing for Blokes, which runs birthing workshops for new fathers, and published his advice and teachings for fathers-to-be in his new book Men, Love & Birth.

Dads and pregnancy helplines

Pregnancy and childbirth helplines

Do you need help to overcome OCD?

For thousands of people in the UK with severe OCD, it's a completely debilitating condition. The WHO ranks it in the top ten most disabling illnesses, so ahead of OCD Awareness Week Dr Chris has been given access to the staff and patients at Britain's only 24/7 treatment unit.

Do you or someone you know need help to overcome OCD? Get in touch via email at by 11:30am on Thursday 8 October.

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) helplines

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Terri Dwyer's skin cancer scare

Actress Terri Dwyer is speaking out for the first time about her secret skin cancer battle.

In spring last year Terri was diagnosed with malignant melanoma, an aggressive skin cancer, which she believes was caused by using sunbeds in her teens.

Terri is now making a good recovery after treatment, but the ordeal has had a huge impact and she joins us alongside Dr Chris to share her story in the hope of warning others to be sensible when it comes to sunbeds.

Skin cancer helplines

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Do you think you have a food allergy?

Do you think you might have a food intolerance or allergy? Are you suffering from unexplained stomach pains, cramps, bloating, headaches or vomiting? If yes we want to hear from you. Get in touch and let us know what symptoms you have and how long you've been experiencing them.

Email us at by midnight on Sunday 4 October. You must be 18 or over.

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We want your health questions

Do you need advice on a health problem that you think may have been misdiagnosed? Maybe you've read a recent news headline that's worried you and you need a second opinion? Or you're just too scared to visit your own GP for help?

On Thursday we have not one but two doctors in the house offering you advice on all things health-related so send us your questions to You must be 18 or over.

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Is a cure for macular degeneration on the horizon?

Dr Chris gives his expert opinion on the health stories hitting the headlines, and today we're talking a possible cure for macular degeneration, the link between blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, and whether prescription drugs could be cheaper if you bought them over the counter.

And have you heard about the school that makes all of its pupils run a mile every day - that's five times around the playground? The benefits are plain to see - we'll be finding out more on Thursday's show.

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Beat back pain with these top tips

With back pain affecting a staggering 80% of us at some point, we’ve enlisted the expertise of Dr Dawn and one of the UK’s top back pain specialists Garry Trainer to offer their advice and top tips to help prevent and treat back conditions.

Dawn and Garry will explain the causes of back pain, how to treat it and Garry will be demonstrating the best ways to sleep for those suffering back complaints.

Thanks to Dreams for the bed used in our demo.

Pain management and back pain helplines

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