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5.0 out of 5 stars Must See Television From Across the pond!!!, October 15, 2012
This review is from: Call the Midwife: Season 1 (DVD)
If you like British period dramas here is a new one for you!
Set in the late 1950's in the lower middle class & impoverished areas of London's East End, this drama will bring out every possible human emotion.
Backed up by lush Perry Como ballads and joyous melodies, this series will make you merry, break your heart, & enliven your every sense!
Drama, science, romance, crime, technology - it has it all!
I put this just barely ABOVE Downton Abby.
One CAVEAT: Might not be a good choice for women who have not borne their children, yet.
Enjoy!
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Initial post: Jan 7, 2013 11:03:26 AM PST
oodles says:
That's a good caveat..I wouldn't want to watch this while pregnant.

Posted on Feb 9, 2013 7:58:41 PM PST
Tricia M says:
I really did laugh at the caveat, JJ. Thanks, I can see what you mean! But we've come a long way in technique since then, although no nurses could show more loving care. So go ahead, watch, laugh, cry. Just remember, "I want my epidural!"

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2013 2:21:38 AM PDT
Anthro Mom says:
JJ's review is good, and I smiled at the caveat, but don't agree with it. Maybe something happens in later episodes that would scare a pregnant woman, but so far (Episode 3) it's just been birth with a few scares, with everyone ending up just fine. Every mother has survived, along with every baby except the one whose mother had syphilis.

I've had two with a midwife, and when I was a kid and teenager, I *would* have wanted to watch this series. I checked out everything I could about having babies, including while pregnant. "Call the Midwife" does gloss over the long, long process of stage 1 labor and usually the blood of stage 3, but the pushing and birth shots are remarkably realistic -- the best I've seen on TV. It's really refreshing to see the different positions of baby and mom, mom wanting to push, mom being able to control the pushing (with difficulty), basically the mother and midwife working together. It's also refreshing to see breastfeeding as the normal way to feed a baby.

Have we come a long way in technique? We have lots of "machines that go ping" as in Monty Python's "The Meaning of Life," but midwives and obstetricians then and now measure bellies with measuring tape, test urine for sugar and protein, and use a tube-like stethoscope for moms who want to minimize the baby's exposure to ultrasound. The biggest improvement is that dads are allowed now.

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2013 8:49:19 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 20, 2013 9:06:13 AM PDT
JJ Darling says:
Tricia, I agree, we've come a long way, baby! (No pun intended.)
As a woman who has been pregnant 5 times, with three living children, this series has helped me to work through emotions from a stillborn and miscarriage, which in each case I coded. Had I been at home with a midwife, I would have bled to death in each case. Fortunately in the stillbirth I was in U of Iowa Hospital (& my husband said to the attending nurse "She looks just like her dad when he was dead - white as a sheet), and in the second one, my hubby called 9-1-1 from home (I can still hear him saying - with tears - they almost lost her last year), and they got me to a hospital in 6 minutes, although unable to start a line on me while in route. I was refilled with 5 units of blood, just like the previous year, and it took months to regain my strength.

I was, in each case, at the point of no pulse. So thankful for modern technology :)

Three years later we had an unplanned pregnancy & got our baby girl - now 22 who watches Midwife, (against my advice on a couple of episodes) with her husband. She had to be born by c-section, so I missed out on the glorious last push which were highlights in the births of her older brothers. And yes, those meds were wonderful. I had no meds with my first son, and it made the second delivery so much more easy and actually less damaging to me physically. JJ

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2013 8:59:07 AM PDT
JJ Darling says:
To Anthro Mom:
Ending up just fine? Hardly.
The death of a child is horrific. Have you seen season One?
I respectfully disagree.

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2013 9:02:52 AM PDT
JJ Darling says:
Oodles, you are obviously a tenderhearted woman of experience!
I didn't want my daughter to watch certain episodes, as she is of a gentle (read queasy) temperament :)
Yet, she does watch Midwife, but tells me that she closes her eyes, or fast forwards during tragic scenes. I just don't want a woman to be afraid of bearing children by seeing the reality of the process by 1950's standards. JJ
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