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Big Brother's Little Baby

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 15 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:640
  1. Tony Sheldon, freelance journalist
  1. Utrecht

    Dutch doctors take a stand against the potential harm to a mother and baby in the glare of the television spotlight

    Thirty three weeks pregnant, Tanya remains unabashed at the unique circumstances surrounding her impending motherhood. She can now, she says, “share the experience with others.”

    Tanya, 27, was picked from many pregnant volunteers to join the latest series of the Dutch version of Big Brother. Along with 11 others she is now incarcerated in the Big Brother house. She can be seen live on the internet (, on a digital channel (Versatel), and through mobile phones, as well as on television every evening.

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    Tanya plans to give birth to the first reality soap baby

    Credit: ANP/KIPPA

    Tanya is already the star of the show and has garnered an estimated 100 000 hits on her biography on the website within days of it appearing. If Tanya wins the € 400 000 (£270 000; $490 000) in prize money, it will allow her to stay at home and care for her child, we …

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