The Taboo

I love how the producers and writers of Call the Midwife are fearless in tackling taboo subjects.  The characters and story lines put a human face on difficult and devices issues of the 1950s. These are issues so difficult that we still wrestle with them today, more than 50 years later. Women having been trying […]


Unconditional Love

After watching the most recent episode of Call the Midwife, I couldn’t help but think about one of the moms I visit through Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP). I first met this young woman, M, at one of her prenatal visits. She was excited to join NFP because she learned that her baby had a birth defect […]


She dreamt of a perfect child from the day she conceived

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 […]

Call the midwife Episode 4


Resilience, according to Webster’s Dictionary, is “the ability to recover or adjust to misfortune or change.” Jenny Lee and the Roberts family prove in episode four of Call the Midwife how resilient the human spirit can be.  As a nurse midwife, you never forget the babies you deliver with birth defects. The show accurately portrays […]

Sister Bernadette

Where there is anger there is always fear

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.  Yes, the era and clothing have changed (although some of the clothing is still current!), but many of the […]

Trixie from Call the Midwife

Real life or “Call the Midwife”?

Much like Tish pointed out, I love that when I watch every episode of Call the Midwife, I see so many similarities between the show and my life! There aren’t too many medical shows where I can say that. I’m almost always the first to point out something not-quite-right about a medical drama. Some members […]

Jenny - London Hospital uniform


There are so many wonderful story lines in “Call the Midwife.”  I enjoy watching the friendships that have developed between the midwives. I like how the show’s creators give us a glimpse into the lives and emotions of the nuns but still keeps them somewhat apart from the others. Watching the interactions between the midwives […]


Finding Strength Through Loss

Watching Cynthia go through the emotional turmoil of a bad outcome in the second episode of season two brought my worst fear to light. Most of the time, midwifery is a truly wonderful, joyous profession. We get to be there to witness new babies come into the world. We witness that intimate moment where a […]

Picture Shows: Trixie Franklin (HELEN GEORGE), Cynthia Miller (BRYONY HANNAH), Jenny Lee (JESSICA RAINE) (C) Neal Street Productions - Screen Grab


The trust women place in their midwife is a gift. The trust a midwife places in herself is an essentially skill. As I teach and mentor of student nurse midwives, I tell them, “Be the midwife in the room. Be their midwife. They are looking to you to help. Cynthia and Trixie and all the […]

Call the Midwife Season 2

Times May Change, but the Spirit Remains the Same

The first episode of season two started off with some pretty heavy issues. While I know that midwifery, especially working in a low-resource area, can be emotionally and physically difficult, I was still surprised to find that I needed to do an awful lot of reflection after the episode. I found a lot of parallels […]