Call the Midwife

Happy Monday! I hope you all enjoyed the glorious weather here in the midwest this past weekend. Bob and I woke up our bikes from their winter slumber, and enjoyed getting out on the trails again.

I want to share with you one of my favorite shows. It’s on PBS, and the series is Call the Midwife.

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The fifth season of Call the Midwife started three weeks ago, and I’m still in love with it. The show is based on the memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, a nurse and midwife in England. The series begins in East London in the middle 1950’s and focuses on the lives of midwives who live in a community of nuns, who are also nurses. They provide the poorest women, who are pregnant, with the best possible health care.

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I have been watching this series since it’s premiere five seasons ago, and haven’t lost interest which can often happen after a series has been on a few years. The main characters are very human in that they are all flawed in some way, making it easy to identify with them.

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In addition to bringing the audience into the homes of the many expectant mothers in this poor community, we also get a peek into the social issues of the time period. These include abortion, infidelity, and homosexuality, and we see how these issues affect the people living there. A few years back the show went through a bit of a transition, when a few of the characters including the main character Jenny, played by Jessica Raine, decided to leave the show to move on to other adventures. I was a little worried that the series would lose some of its luster, but I wasn’t disappointed. The new characters have been every bit as interesting, and the show has kept its momentum.

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This wonderful series is sensitive, heartbreaking, and heartwarming all at the same time. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been choked up by the end of an episode. Each story is filled with heart and beautifully written.

If you aren’t already a fan of the show, no worries. You can catch up with the past seasons on Netflix, or check out pbs.org.

Have a wonderful week. ~May

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