9 episodes

Melissa Bright thinks she's living every parent's worst nightmare when her five-month-old baby tumbles from a lawn chair and hits his head on the driveway. But after she rushes him to the hospital, a new nightmare begins.The Brights are thrust into a medical and legal system so focused on protecting children from abuse, it has targeted innocent parents. With exclusive audio captured as the events unfolded, this harrowing six-episode series takes you inside the Brights' fight to hold their family together, against a system that can sometimes do more harm than good. Hosted by NBC News National Investigative Reporter Mike Hixenbaugh, Do No Harm is a co-production of NBC News and Wondery.
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Do No Harm Wondery

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    • 4.7 • 182 Ratings

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Melissa Bright thinks she's living every parent's worst nightmare when her five-month-old baby tumbles from a lawn chair and hits his head on the driveway. But after she rushes him to the hospital, a new nightmare begins.The Brights are thrust into a medical and legal system so focused on protecting children from abuse, it has targeted innocent parents. With exclusive audio captured as the events unfolded, this harrowing six-episode series takes you inside the Brights' fight to hold their family together, against a system that can sometimes do more harm than good. Hosted by NBC News National Investigative Reporter Mike Hixenbaugh, Do No Harm is a co-production of NBC News and Wondery.
All episodes are available ad-free on Wondery+ or on Amazon Music with a Prime membership or Amazon Music Unlimited subscription.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
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    Fractures

    Fractures

    Melissa and Dillon Bright race to the emergency room after their baby is seriously injured. As doctors assess the injuries, the Brights pray their son will be OK. But then a different team of doctors enters Mason’s hospital room, and the real nightmare begins.

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    • 34 min
    Warning Signs

    Warning Signs

    Melissa and Dillon believe if they just tell the truth, Child Protective Services will see they aren’t a danger to their children. But the state of Texas isn’t just going to take their word for it. Not after the horror story that unfolded in another family a year earlier.

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    • 40 min
    Immediate Danger

    Immediate Danger

    The Brights figure CPS has moved on. Melissa and Dillon try to do the same. But when a CPS worker comes to their door, it's the beginning of the hardest night of their lives.

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    • 33 min
    Standard Protocol

    Standard Protocol

    Across town, Lance and Sharde Butler have been fighting their own battle against CPS. After nearly a year, the system has almost broken them. But soon the Bright’s case will intertwine with their own in ways that neither family could have imagined. 

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    • 40 min
    The Fighter

    The Fighter

    A pair of brash Texas lawyers step in to help the Brights, but by then, damage has already been done. As they each head to court, the Brights and the Butlers fear the worst.

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    • 39 min
    The Cost

    The Cost

    As the Brights and Butlers confront CPS, their shared struggles raise difficult questions: Who’s really protecting children? And is this what it takes to keep them safe?

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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
182 Ratings

182 Ratings

Ethst3r ,

Great story-telling

Really moving story, full of issues, such as race, parenting, justice, abuse of power. Feel acutely for those poor parents and the trauma the kids went through being away from their mum and dad. Huge respect and sympathy for the parent who fought so hard. Their kids are lucky to have them.

mrs single ,

Great podcast

Really sad, I trained as a social worker and qualified in 2000, so glad I never took a job in the profession, the system in the US & UK is just broken, always has been…. Lessons never learned. Was it because the family was black….absolutely, just shocking. Hope both families recover in time. Good luck all involved

purpleshazza1999 ,

Gripped

Have to say the end of episode 3 made me cry a lot. Very interesting to listen to bless them parents

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