Whatcha’ Whatchin’ – Call The Midwife
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Since we last spoke a lot has happened in the TV world:
- The new Star Trek series ‘Discovery’ was released this week.
- I’ve also heard that there’s some popular sport happening that a lot of people have been watching… with over 1 million people watched the Brownlow Medal count.
- The new season of Bachelorette has received an amazing response, after Sophie Monk jokingly opened her introduction with the words “I’m pregnant”… which is, in fact, an excellent segway into my pick for this week… Call the Midwife.
Set in London’s East End in the 1950’s ‘Call the midwife’ follows the midwives (Nuns and nurses) as they support the women of Poplar during pregnancy and childbirth.
Poplar is a very poor neighbourhood dealing with the post WWII baby boom, post-war immigration, the founding of the NHS and the introduction of gas and air as pain relief in childbirth.
What I love about this show is that the nuns and nurses are supporting women in all sorts of situations – women who might be treated badly by their community because of their situation – pregnant out of wedlock, interracial partnerships (which were not looked on favourably at that time), families who were perceived to have had ‘too many’ children.
In each episode we are introduced to several new families and their journey towards the arrival of their newest member. Some are full of joy and anticipation and others are fraught with anxiety – perhaps a woman expecting her 6th child when her husband is jobless or missing; or a family who has lost babies in the past.
We also get to follow the personal lives of the midwives and enjoy their developing relationships with each other and the families of Poplar.
I love the historical nature of the show, as we get to see progression in practices around pre-natal and maternal health care.
This episode of ‘Watcha Watchin’ comes with an important warning… you will need at least a full box of tissues with every episode. There are some truly tragic endings and a wonderful array of joyous endings.
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