Birthcare Center is a South Korean television series starring Uhm Ji-won, Park Ha-sun, Jang Hye-jin, Yoon Park and Choi Ri.  The series directed by Park Su-won and written by Kim Ji-Soo revolves around Oh Hyun-jin (Uhm Ji-won), as she gets acquainted to child birth and postpartum care. It aired on tvN every Monday and Tuesday at 21:00 (KST) from November 2 to November 24, 2020.

As per Nielsen Korea, Birthcare Center ended with the audience rating of an average of 3.690% in national and 4.019% in the metropolitan area. In its last episode it recorded averages of 4.8% in the metropolitan area and 4.2% nationwide with a viewership of 1.1 million, which was its personal best. With an average viewership of 889,000 it maintained the No.1 rank in the same time zone including cable and full-length channels.

Synopsis

Oh Hyun-jin (Uhm Ji-won) has a glittering career in her work life. She is the youngest member on the board of executives at the company she works at and is proficient in everything she does. But when she delivers her first child, she is in for a shock. Giving birth was far more difficult than she had expected, and she quickly discovers that although she is good at all things work-related, she hasn’t got the first clue about how to bring up a baby. After being discharged from hospital, she heads to a postpartum care center – an exclusive establishment where even A-list stars come to get postpartum care. She is dismayed to realize that she is the oldest mother in the center, and embarrassed to notice that everyone else seems to know what they are doing when it comes to looking after babies. Fortunately, the other mothers at the center prove inspirational. Among their number is Cho Eun-jeong (Park Ha-sun ), aka ‘the Queen Bee’ – a seemingly perfect mother whom everyone wants to befriend in order to learn childcare secrets. And Choi Hye-suk (Jang Hye-jin) is the charismatic center manager, having knowledge about everything related to childcare.

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Review : by Longjumping-River-42 (link)

I recently finished Birth care Center, a quirky, but surprisingly affecting 8-episode drama about–well, a birth care center. Serenity Birthcare Center is a high-end post-partum care facility for new moms, their infants, and partners. The setting is somewhat spa-like, but there are hints that all may not be what it seems.

The plot revolves around Oh Hyun Jin’s journey to motherhood. Oh Hyun-Jin has become the youngest director at the cosmetics company she works for, but she, in her early forties, is the oldest mother at the birth care center. We watch her deal with the indignities of childbirth (from getting an enema) and the aftereffects–both physical and emotional. She struggles with feeling a loss of dignity and loss of sense of self, as well as coming face-to-face with the “mommy wars,” as many of the mothers, including one who is deemed the “Queen Bee” of the birth care center, have their own strong ideas about what makes a good mother.

During the course of the show, we meet several other moms and learn their stories–some of which the mothers try hard to hide from the others. But the moms come together when the chips are down to help each other out.

We also see Oh Hyun-Jin’s relationship with her spouse and the stresses that childbirth can bring to a marriage. Less attention is given to her husband, but he does get some funny–and some touching scenes.

The show has a quirky sense of humor. In one particularly funny sequence, an argument among the mothers at the birth care center about breastfeeding versus bottle feeding spills beyond the confines of the center, eventually leading to a bar fight far outside of Korea (in the US?). When the two female leads end up competing for the same nanny, the competition is imagined as a sword fight between the two women, who are dressed in historical men’s garb. The scene when the husband goes shopping for baby gear is also quite funny.

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Part of the show’s quirkiness is also in the sense that maybe something sinister is going on at the birth care center. BIG SPOILER, read at your own risk: This all hinges on fake outs, often at the end of every episode.

The drama deals with such important issues as post-partum depression, the loneliness of new motherhood, how the birth of child affects family relations, the pressure that society puts on mothers. But it does so in a humorous and uplifting way. Highly recommended.

5/5 - (1 vote)

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