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Society & Culture

Midwife Crisis

A few things can be said with certainty of the BBC’s Call the Midwife: None of those babies are swaddled tightly enough.  Car births aren’t the greatest, but I’ve seen worse than the one in Season Four.  And if Sister Evangelina doesn’t know why Sister Monica Joan paired the ass and the angel in her crèche conversation groups, it’s not the latter whose mental acuity should be in question.  After that, interpretations are up for grabs.

Call the Midwife is placed in London’s East End around 1960, and based on Jennifer Worth’s memoir of her work as a nurse midwife.  Nonnatus House is home to a group of midwives, some of whom are sisters religious in an Anglican order.  When a local lady finds herself in an imminently family way, she knows to . . . you got it.  Someone at Nonnatus answers the phone and hops on her bike to catch the newest Londoner.  Additionally, the midwives of Nonnatus hold open health clinics in the parish hall for mothers and children.  They have carnal or spiritual love interests (sometimes simultaneously, since the ecclesiastical setting puts so many clergymen on the scene).  They occasionally get sloshed or muddle untagged newborns (not simultaneously).  They also happen to be charming, brilliant, and/or very nice to look at.

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