Hope Is a Thing of Extraordinary Power

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“Working as midwives in London’s East End we were no strangers to the first light or the half dark. When babies arrived we went to deliver them … it didn’t matter what the hour …”

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Our Work Was Birth — The Primal Act of a Woman's Life

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“Our work was birth — the primal act of a woman’s life. A time fueled by instinct and by fear. Trusting our instinct can be what we fear most. Our actions are ours alone, and we must suffer their consequences.”

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Knowledge Is a Seed That Can Take Centuries to Bloom

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“I saw a thousand dawns when I was working in the East End — a thousand fresh beginnings. Everyday a world made new. There were challenges and changes but always the sense of life forging forward — pulsing like the River Thames itself.”

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Countdown Is on to Season 3 Premiere!

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Looking forward to seeing Season 3 premiere March 30, 2014, tomorrow night at 8 p.m.! I have missed the nurse-midwives and families in London’s East End!

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Call the Midwife Wins ACNM 2013 Media Award

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On Saturday, June 1, 2013, the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) honored PBS and Call the Midwife with the 2013 Media Award during the Annual Meeting Awards Dinner.

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Season 2 Finale: Chummy's Family Is Here in This Room

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In Episode 8, the final episode of the season, Chummy and PC Noakes meet with new challenges as they settle back into life in Poplar and are confronted with a very difficult birth. The midwives and the nuns rally behind them physically, spiritually and emotionally.

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I Thought Everyone in England Drank Tea and Grew Beautiful Gardens

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It was a treat to get to see Episode 7 on Mother’s Day, and I enjoyed this episode with my own mother. As a modern-day certified nurse midwife (CNM), this episode made me reflect on the impact of racial disparity on perinatal outcomes.

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The Classic Birth Pose

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I had to smile when Jenny entered the room where Julia was kneeling beside the bed and stated, “You’re not sweeping the carpet.” She went to Sister Julienne for some guidance and was told to continue with the upright position if Julia was comfortable.

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Season 2 Episode 5: Tell Dr. Turner That a Woman Has Had a Miscarriage and Call an Ambulance

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In Episode 5, the community prepares for the annual Summer Fete including a baby show. Nora Harding, an impoverished mother of eight has an unplanned and unwanted pregnancy, while Jenny is confronted with the legalities involved surrounding this in the late 1950s. Nora takes matters into her own hands and the consequences are almost dire.

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She Dreamt of a Perfect Child From the Day She Conceived

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This was an emotional episode. Jenny and Sister Evangelina assist at the birth of Ruby and Doug Roberts’ third child, their first son. He is born with spina bifida (a neural tube defect, NTD), a birth defect of the spinal cord. It’s Jenny’s first birth with a child that is disabled and she (like the family) struggles with the implications.

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Where There Is Anger There Is Always Fear

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I love this show and the relationships, friendships, sense of camaraderie and the challenges (personal and professional) that they face! As a certified nurse midwife (CNM) in 2013, I am struck by the similarity of issues.

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