Overall Review by Sophie
Call the Midwife (2012) is based on memoirs by Jennifer Worth. Premiering in the UK on BBC One, Call the Midwife is a period drama set in the 1950s. Opening up to the private lives of both mothers and midwives, we see the sadness, the drama, the love, and the joy evolving around all the midwifes in Nonnatus House, a nursing convent.
What first attracted me to this drama was top-notch quality of this period drama. As I watched on towards Season 3, I was so fond of all the characters on Call the Midwife. Of course as a drama about birthing babies, all the episodes include a scene with a birthing baby. This makes me wonder…where the heck do they get so many babies from?!
I got to watch the midwives develop great friendships. Being midwives, they all count on each other and have confidence in each other to do well. Midwives living with nuns who are also midwives brings in the variety and the realisticness of midwives in the 1950s. They are so nice to each other and living together creates a clash of lively personalities.
I got to watch love bloom in the midst of chaos and unexpected turns.
In the case of Jenny Lee, two love interests.
I got to watch the comedy. Yet, to actually enjoy the comedy 100% you’ve got to hear the things that happen at the convent.
And circling back round to midwifery, I got to watch all the different types of situation every mother got in. To poverty, single parenthood, baby-snatching, mental ill, social class, racial barrier, religious conflicts, difficult deliveries, aged-pregnancies, and so much more.
I got to say, it gets pretty real in the sense of actually having babies appear between legs.
Call the Midwife was very riveting and top-notch. I never knew the hardships and realities of midwifery. Also, I learned so much about the lives of people living in the poor east end of London in the 1950s. To see the changes in midwifery in the 1950s, I became very aware of their important in an age of technologies lacking. The characters had their mistakes, their friendships, their joy, and in the center of Call the Midwife, they had brought out the realities of midwifery.