Teaser: “It’s not just a question of taking it easy and staying in bed some of the time. Sally has to have absolute bed rest, twenty-four hours a day, for the next four to six week.”
Author: Jennifer Worth
Viewers everywhere have fallen in love with this candid look at post-war London. In the 1950s, twenty-two-year-old Jenny Lee leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in London’s East End slums. While delivering babies all over the city, Jenny encounters a colorful cast of women—from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lives, to the woman with twenty-four children who can’t speak English, to the prostitutes of the city’s seedier side.
Based on Jennifer Worth’s bestselling memoirs, Call the Midwife is the true story behind the beloved PBS series.
Bluestocking’s Opinion: PBS started this show last year. I’ve been absolutely hooked on it. These days giving birth using a midwife seems be returning to vogue, in the USA at any rate. I know that in Europe it is much more common for women to use a midwife.
Anyway, I didn’t realize that after WWII, there was a push to get quality medical care to the poor in London’s East End. This book chronicles nurse Jenny Lee’s rotation as a midwife working at Nonatus House. It was an absolutely fascinating book. I really enjoyed the stories of what life was like for people in the UK after WWII. I’ve only really ever read about post-WWII from the American perspective. I never really considered what life was like in the rest of the world.
The first season of Call the Midwife and the book followed fairly closely. There were some points in the tv version where they changed which character delivered the baby, but overall they did a fair job of translating the book into a tv show.
This is definitely a series that you need to read. It has definitely given me something to think about when it comes to the ob/gyn care that women in this country receive. I can really understand why some women today choose to have a midwife over the traditional doctor.