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, Calif. : Warner Home Video [distributor], c2012.
ISBN: 9781622243112
Branch Call Number: 791.4572 CALL THE MIDWIFE
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 360 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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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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redworc
Aug 16, 2016

A good series. About more than having babies. Interesting to see how the characters and relationships develop as the series progresses.

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mooooks
Jul 05, 2016

If you were like me you thought this would be boring because it's about babies and repetitive episodes of child birth. But this series is based off a real midwife's experiences. Very intriguing. Especially if you read further into 20th poverty in the East End and the horrible workhouses that existed during that period. This is a historically rich gem. Can't wait to watch series 2.

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cutemegz
Mar 17, 2016

Great series, really makes you think about all the hardships at the time. Jennifer Worth's memoirs are touching. Followed her book to a tee.

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bobbles1
Nov 15, 2015

I used to think Foyle's War was the best series on DVD, but this has the edge now, though Foyle is still near the top. Give it a try, you will need intense counselling if you want to stop watching it - and there are four seasons! Yahoo!!!! Ten stars!!!

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cdonaldsontx
Oct 22, 2015

This is a great series. A historical drama with a witty British sense of humor. Strong acting.
The revolving patient scenarios involve lots of pushing, screaming and funny looking bellies but they were midwives. Starting in the 1950s, it seems like a pretty accurate depiction of what was going on in the world, during the Baby Boom Era in London. The characters will definitely grow on you and some interesting entanglements, both funny and sad, keep their relationships moving along amid some excellent dialogue. Go ahead and reserve all seasons.

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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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javamamakc
Jul 27, 2017

javamamakc thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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