Season 4- London 1960 and Detroit 2015

Only a few days before the USA start of Call the Midwives- Season 4. I am most pleased that National PBS has picked up this blog to feature on its web site. I am hoping that this new exposure will lead to new readers and add depth and perspective to your viewing experience as well […]

Endings and Beginnings

Jenny Lee ends her career as a midwife. Chummy’s Mater, Lady Brown finds herself at the end of her life. The Turners successfully end their search for a baby. So season 3 ends. Jeez. Sigh. Hiccup. Excuse me. Harrumph. Cough. Endings. Can. Be. Sad. How do I explain that Jenny Lee’s transition of interest from […]

True Midwifery is…?

What does it mean to be a midwife? What is true midwifery? In episode 7 Jenny Lee returns and must maneuver the rigid routines of the London hospital maternity ward. Sister Morgan, the head midwife makes it very clear that midwifery at The London is not like the District Midwifery Jenny has known. So Jenny […]

Breathe, Baby, Breathe

I really try to watch CTM as any other person and just let the drama unfold. But inevitably the midwife inside creeps out and I find myself talking to the characters like an armchair quarterback. “Trixie, put that baby up on Mom’s chest!” I directed toward the TV during the birth scene in episode 6. […]

Celebrate!

Two elements in Episode 5 had me nodding my head and chuckling in recognition. The first is how so darned stressfull it is when someone needs to take time off. The work doesn’t stop, babies don’t stop being born, people continue to need to be cared for. Everyone in our practice feels responsible for this. […]

The Reluctant Midwife

Picking a subject for a post is not always easy. This week do I write about how important it is for midwives to support each other when life hands us tragedy? Poor Jenny. Do I inform about agoraphobia or Meniere’s Disease of the middle ear? Bravo to wounded but brave souls. Shelagh’s struggle with infertility […]

Childbirth Without Fear…and With Compassion

I watched with interest and nostalgia as Cynthia lit up with enthusiasm when she discovered the concept and then power of “childbirth without fear”.  I grinned in aknowledgment when the name Dr. Grantley Dick-Read was mentioned.  Dr. Dick-Read was a British physician whose book “Childbirth Without Fear”, first published in 1942, was ridiculed by the […]

Midwifery Matters

“Midwifery matters and caring for women matters”, says Chummy near the end of this first episode. There is good reason for her and all midwives I know to feel this way. We see it and feel it everyday. Jenny Lee felt it when she reassured her frightened patient as she was about to give birth […]