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Corrie's Natalie Gumede 'watched One Born Every Minute as research'

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Coronation Street actress Natalie Gumede has revealed that she watched Channel 4 childbirth documentary One Born Every Minute to prepare for her character's pregnancy storyline.

Gumede, who plays Tyrone Dobbs's girlfriend Kirsty Soames in the ITV soap, said that she watched hours of the graphic show during her lunch breaks in order to prepare for her upcoming labour scenes.

Tommy heads to the maternity ward to find Kirsty and tells her how lost Tryone has felt since she left

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"I'm not a mother, so my preparation for the birth scenes involved watching lots of One Born Every Minute in a blind panic," she told The Sun.

"Because I was trying to fit research in between filming and learning lines, I even watched it while I was eating my dinner, which was a big mistake."

Viewers will see Kirsty go into labour in the Rovers during an hour-long special tonight. The former policewoman gets into a row with Tina McIntyre (Michelle Keegan), which leaves her sprawled across a table as her waters break.

TIna and Kirsty fight, Corrie, Sun 9 Sep

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"Acting out a birth scene before you are a parent is very daunting because it is something that so many people go through and you can get it wrong," Gumede said.

"Because Kirsty is going through so many emotions during the labour, it could have looked too melodramatic or slapstick. I didn't want that to happen but I also didn't want to be too serious and pull focus from all the wonderful things happening in the scene."

The 28-year-old added: "Gloria [played by Sue Johnston] reacts in spectacular style and makes the scene really funny as well as serious. There was so much going on I had to let all my inhibitions go and remember advice I'd been given by real-life mothers.

Tina is shocked to have made Kirsty's water break in the Rovers, and Marcus panics that there isn't enough time to call an ambulance

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"The most useful thing I was told was that giving birth is primal. It's not about shouting and screaming - it's about the push and the job in hand. You can't worry about how you sound or how you look. I just hope I've managed to get it right."

When asked about her character's violent past, Gumede admitted that the baby's arrival doesn't guarantee domestic peace for Kirsty and Tyrone.

"Kirsty is not a natural mother," she explained. "There is a period of false hope where she and Tyrone hope the problems have gone. But Kirsty's violent tendencies soon rear their ugly head and things deteriorate when she begins to use their baby as a pawn in their relationship.

"Once she does reverts to type, Tyrone is not only concerned for himself but for the baby too. There is no suggestion that she will hurt their child - but Tyrone doesn't know that. It will definitely be high-octane drama."

Coronation Street's hour-long special airs tonight at 7pm on ITV1. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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