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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Have a wonderful week. ~May

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