Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Call the Midwife

DH discovered a new television show for me to be addicted to! Call the Midwife is a (so far) fascinating and addictive show on BBC One, which follows a newly certified midwife in London's East End in the 1950's. It's based on memoirs of Jennifer Worth, which I fully intend on reading as soon as I have time to (breathe!).

 

Sadly, the only way to see it at the moment is to import the first season on DVD from somewhere like Amazon.com and play it through a "Region-Free" DVD player.

Luckily, the show was picked up by PBS and should premiere in the US on September 30, 2012 on your Local PBS station.


From a granola standpoint, it's awesome to see that, even with the "lack of technology", women safely delivered baby upon baby at home with the help of a midwife and a mother or husband in the room. They did have doctors available, at that time, to deliver high-risk babies in the hospital. There was a story line where a woman who had Ricketts, had to deliver via C-section due to how the Ricketts had affected her pelvis. But other story lines have included what would be considered "high risk" these days (very pre-term delivery, breech delivery, mothers over the age of 40, etc.) where the women deliver safely at home. It's just nice to see another (realistic) perspective of labor and deliery.

2 comments:

  1. This looks so good!!!!!!! I'm jealous! We only get a few stations, and of course- PBS isn't one of them. Ugh.

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    1. It's because of the town you live in. Jeff's parents have the same problem. BOO! Maybe we can have date nights when it comes out. There are only 6 episodes in a season becaues the series is British.

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