Call the Midwife

Call the Midwife

Season One

DVD - 2012
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A moving, intimate, funny, and true-to-life look at the colorful stories of midwifery and families in East London in the '50s. Based on the bestselling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth. When Jenny Lee first arrives in Poplar, she knows nothing about hardship, poverty, and life itself. But Jenny is brought up to speed fast once she joins a team of midwives who provide care to the poorest women.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2012
ISBN: 9781622243112
Branch Call Number: TV CAL 1
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (360 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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The first season was a smorgasbord of history, social situations, life, humour and stories of midwifery. I fell head-over-heels in love with this brilliant characters, so much so that I took out Season 2.
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cgarzon
Apr 19, 2018

The season that got me hooked, I liked the story of brave young women using their skills to help other strong women becoming mothers...I was drawn in by the drama of each birth story.

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whiteturtles
Apr 16, 2018

What a great series and amazing on the real life sharing of the journey of giving life, families
and communities! I totally enjoyed all 6 series that encaptured the life of all the actors. Wonderful and worth the effort to watch the whole series....Truly a gift!

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jmack1956
Apr 08, 2018

What a fabulous series. The stories are touching, intelligent, real and so intimate. Depicting one of the many intensely moving moments in one’s life ( welcoming a new life into the world), it knits a character-driven story around the actual birth, which is minor. I also enjoy the history of this era in the U.K. Acting doesn’t get any better than this. Another aspect I enjoy is the depiction of the human side of the nuns who are not stereo-typed in a negative way, as they can often be. I’m hooked and so is hubby!

LPL_WilliamO Mar 01, 2018

I absolutely love this series. A wonderful period drama with the perfect combination of humor and drama that keeps you coming back for more.

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johnjsims
Aug 30, 2017

Great show! I wasn't sure I would be able to connect to a show about birthing babies, but the content of the show is more than that. You learn about the midwifery profession and the interesting characters along the way. Bravo!

JCLAshleyF May 31, 2017

A candid, warm, moving, and funny glimpse into the lives of midwives and families in East London in the during the 1950s. You will fall in love with every single character. The show is based on and inspired by the bestselling memoirs written by Jennifer Worth by the same title.

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NanCcan
Apr 18, 2017

The whole series has both entertained and educated me (mostly about public health care and history in England around the time of WW II). Well developed characters you come to care about and look forward to hearing more about. I'm so glad they decided to continue the series even after they ran out of stories from Jennifer Worth's memoirs!

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texasbooks
Feb 23, 2017

I enjoy this series very much. It's a very good series to watch. I recommend this for everyone. The stars are very good.

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therhiannamater
Jan 31, 2017

I'm incredibly impressed by this series. Speaking as someone who is not a "baby person", the show goes much deeper into the human experience of families, love, grief, and hardships, all under the blanket of post-WWII England. The characters are multi-dimensional and incredibly believable, and the acting is superb.

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jimg2000
Jul 30, 2013

From book on child birth: It is hard to imagine today that until the last century no woman had any specialist obstetric care during pregnancy. The first time a woman would see a doctor or midwife was when she went into labour. Therefore, death and disaster, either for mother or child, or both, were commonplace. Such tragedies were looked upon as the will of God, whereas, in fact, they were the inevitable result of neglect and ignorance. Society ladies would have a doctor visiting them during pregnancy, but such visits were not antenatal care and would probably be more like social calls than anything else, because no doctor was trained in antenatal care.

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jimg2000
Jul 30, 2013

From the book on midwife: Why aren’t midwives the heroines of society that they should be? Why do they have such a low profile? They ought to be lauded to the skies, by everyone. But they are not. The responsibility they carry is immeasurable. Their skill and knowledge are matchless, yet they are completely taken for granted, and usually overlooked. All medical students in the 1950s were trained by midwives. They had classroom lectures from an obstetrician, certainly, but without clinical practice lectures are meaningless. So in all teaching hospitals, medical students were attached to a teacher midwife, and would go out with her in the district to learn the skill of practical midwifery. All GPs had been trained by a midwife. But these facts seemed to be barely known.

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jimg2000
Jul 30, 2013

From book, Poem
To an Unknown God
I sang to you
In the day of my bliss
And you were near
I thought of you
In my lover’s kiss
And felt you there
I turned to you
When our love was too brief
And found your strength.
I needed you
In the years of my grief
And knew you, at length.

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Jul 27, 2017

javamamakc thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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