Season 5

Premiere Date: April 3, 2016

The year is 1961, and Poplar is beginning to feel the winds of social change alongside improvements in housing, sanitation and healthcare.  But for the midwives and nuns of Nonnatus House, it’s business as usual, as they continue to care for the sick and bring new life into the world. The personal and professional lives of the nurses remain entwined, as events in their work impact on their personal choices.

Across the series, the midwives encounter complex and challenging cases from an outbreak of typhoid, to the increase in lung cancer, a teenage pregnancy and a mother who vanishes. But all are rocked when two babies with severe deformities are born, several months apart. As they struggle to understand why, they must find ways to deal with the resulting medical and emotional fallout.

 

Episode 1

Episode 1

A couple disagrees over the future of their disabled child.

Episode 2

Episode 2

Learn why an expectant mother and a new mother are under stress.

Episode 3

Episode 3

An outbreak of a rare disease erupts on a Poplar street.

Episode 4

Episode 4

The modern world begins to encroach on traditional Poplar life.

Episode 5

Episode 5

With the changing times, Dr. Turner and Shelagh begin to question their smoking habits.

Episode 6

Episode 6

A series of violent attacks on women threatens not only the community but Nonnatus House.

Episode 7

Episode 7

With autumn on its way, the appetite for change is rife across Poplar.

Episode 8

Episode 8

Nonnatus House is thrown into disarray by a tragedy close to home.

2015 Holiday Special

2015 Holiday Special

An unexpected surprise for a grieving mother, while one of Nonnatus’ own disappears.

Season 5 Blogs

Season 5 Blogs

A Final Farewell

Posted by Katie Moriarty on

Carrying on in the Face of Grief

Last Updated by Andrea Altomaro on

Truths and Lessons Learned from Being a Midwife

Posted by Deborah McBain on

Managing Hidden Biases

Posted by Katie Moriarty on

'Nothing Stays the Same'

Last Updated by Andrea Altomaro on

A Midwife’s Skill

Last Updated by Andrea Altomaro on

Finding Strength During Dark Times

Posted by Katie Moriarty on

The World Intrudes on Birth

Last Updated by Deborah McBain on

A Born Before Arrival Story

Last Updated by Deborah McBain on

Going the Distance

Last Updated by Katie Moriarty on
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