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 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.


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

    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.