Call the Midwife: I’ll Be Home for Christmas

Call-The-Midwife-2_3535054bPreviously on Call the Midwife: Trixie and Tom got engaged and then broke up, which seems to have prompted her to become an alcoholic. Fred remarried, to Mrs Gee, the owner of the local haberdashery shop, and Patsy’s girlfriend suffered a traumatic brain injury and tragically forgot who Patsy even was.

JVO reminds us that Christmas is the celebration of a birth, so that makes Christmas specials especially fitting for this show.

Tom is conducting a mass baptism for the local newborns while at Nonnatus Sister MJ is making the Christmas pudding. Must be Stir-Up Sunday. They get a call for a woman who’s expecting twins and Trixie and Cynthia head out to attend to her.

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting (in the UK)

As those who regularly follow this blog know, Mr Anglophile and I recently welcomed Little Anglophile, who, of course, is the perfectest little’un ever to make guest appearances on a non-parenting blog. Becoming a parent is a crazy thing, both during the leadup and the aftermath, but luckily here in the UK, we have a lot of support to make that transition as smooth as … Continue reading What to Expect When You’re Expecting (in the UK)

Call the Midwife: I Don’t Know Nuthin’ About Birthin’ No Babies

Call the Midwife title cardPreviously on Call the Midwife: Jenny Lee became a midwife in the East End of London and was alarmed by how poor people live.

As Jenny bikes to a delivery, she VOs that she used to think that nighttime was a time for women, apparently because it was quiet and they tended to be awake.

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Call the Midwife: Dealing With What the Lord Has Sent Us

Call the Midwife title cardLondon, 1957. Jenny Lee, our main character, makes her way through the East End with a big suitcase, looking around and ignoring catcalls. In voiceover, Vanessa Redgrave tells us that she could have been a model, or a pianist, or something else equally glamorous, but instead she chose to become a midwife and head to the poorest area of the city, for some as yet undefined reason. As she approaches her destination, she comes across two women catfighting. It seems that the woman who has the upper hand has been stepping out with the other one’s husband. The neighbors gather to cheer, and finally a few bobbies appear and try to break it up. They continue fighting until a fierce-looking nun busts in and loudly asks which one is her patient. Wronged wife stands up and we can see she’s pretty preggo. Nun shakes her head, unsurprised either that this woman, Pearl Winston, is fighting or knocked up. Nun marches Pearl inside as Vanessa tells us that midwifery is the very stuff of life and midwives see it all. Thanks for giving us the reason for this show at the start—makes my job easier!

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