Call the Midwife: One Choice, Life and Death Outcomes

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Whenever I go on my phone, online or even talk with friends I’m always pulled into a conversation about the show “Call the Midwife.” Texts, critically acclaimed reviews, and side-chatter about this show have built up show trust-related currency for me.

“Call the Midwife,” is a BBC drama created by Heidi Thomas is based on the memoirs Call the Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s by Jennifer Worth. It has captivated audiences from over 100 countries since 2012. “Call the Midwife” is so popular that it has recently received an order for three more seasons. Could I also be captivated by the show?

After years of hearing about how these brave midwives and nuns from the fictional Nonnatus house in Poplar, England helped families in working class neighborhoods deliver successful births— I decided to watch episode 4 of Season 8 on www.MPT.org. Viewers can watch this episode online for free from April 22, 2019 until May 6, 2019.

“Call the Midwife” season 8 takes place in 1964 England. This season tackled issues such as immigration, cervical cancer and sexually transmitted illnesses. This show is truly a zeitgeist for our current era. Although it takes place in the 1960s, many of these issues still affect women today.

In addition, unlike other serial dramas, where you have to start watching the pilot, viewers can watch any one hour episode, from any season, and get the gist of the story.

So, episode 4 of Season 8 started with a typical family drama. A mother and daughter were expecting babies simultaneously, but had mad drama with each other.  The mother, Enid Wilson (played by Niky Wardly) refuses to accept her daughter, Cilla's (played by Hannah Hutch) marriage to an Indian Sikh immigrant named Pardeep (played by Omar Malik).  Throughout the first half of the episode, viewers see many petty, heated arguments between mom and daughter. Cilla’s blood pressure spikes, resulting in her getting a dangerous case of Toxemia (Pre-eclampsia) and that entails her being admitted to the hospital. Will Cilla survive? Will Enid accept Cilla and Pardeep’s relationship?

Another storyline that was delicately tackled this season was on abortions - how women with limited resources broke taboos and dealt with the dire consequences of a “back-alley abortion.” Family support was minimal to non-existent for this issue back then, and viewers see how that impacted moms, dads, extended families and the medical community at large. 

Young mom Jeannie Tennant (played by Molly Chesworth) recently moved into a new home with her husband Frank (played by Bryan Perry) and two young boys. She balances motherhood by working out at nurse Trixie’s Keep Fit class. Jeannie was sure that being on birth control will ensure she will not get pregnant again. She’s still a new mom to a 7-month old boy,but her recent visit with Dr. Turner threw a wrench into her perfectly laid plans. Her dutchy cup was misaligned and she was pregnant again. Jeannie is at a crossroads. Financially and mentally, she wasn’t ready to have a third child.

Dr. Turner couldn’t consent to giving her a way to legally terminate her pregnancy. What do you think Jeannie did?

Tune into www.mpt.org to watch Episode 4 of Season 8 of “Call the Midwife” to find out what happens.

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Sherryn Daniel works as a Development Associate for Maryland Public Television. She earned a B.A in Communications and a M.A in Leadership and Management from Notre Dame of Maryland University. In her downtime, she loves to read, thrift, and manage Sharing the Details, a D.C. area based Events Blog.