Call the Midwife

Call the Midwife

Season Two

DVD - 2013
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Season Two continues to follow Jenny and the other midwives as they deal with all the problems the neighborhood of Poplar has to throw at them. A fascinating portrayal of birth, life, death and a community on the brink of huge social change, Call the Midwife offers a gripping insight into a way of life that is so drastically different from how we live now
Publisher: Burbank, CA : BBC Video, 2013
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (355 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Other Standard Identifier: 0883929329649
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sigridmac
Jul 31, 2016

The miracle of birth and life are described through the eyes of a young, naïve midwife who has not experienced either. Fascinating historical portrait of 1950s East End London with its chilling poverty and some residents who are old enough to have lived in and remember well the workhouses of Dicken's days. Beautiful story. Each episode can practically stand alone in terms of the women giving birth. Interesting to me that Jenny, our main midwife, seems so much more judgmental than the nuns.

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bobbles1
Nov 15, 2015

Brilliant, what can I say? Draws you right in, makes you feel right at 'ome, genuine people with real lives and lots of love going round. Lovely.

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dubonnet
Mar 15, 2015

One of the best series ever. Touching, poignant...sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes uplifting. What our mothers and grandmothers went through, most of us can't imagine. Glad the author has chronicled some of her experiences and the stories of the women of that time! Can't wait for series 3.

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Monolith
Jan 20, 2015

Really *very* well written stories, and wonderful engaging characters (as are the actors portraying them). Brilliant. FIVE STARS.

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CHIPUBLIB46
Aug 19, 2014

very good ending cannot wait until season three hip hip hooray !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

d2013 Aug 03, 2014

Very addictive! Ran out of tissues for this one. Can't wait for Season 3.

cm510 Mar 30, 2014

For all who enjoy the series, read the books, too! All three are wonderfully written.

mvkramer Mar 24, 2014

The gang has more adventures in this go-round - Chummy goes to Africa, Trixie delivers a baby on a ship, Sister Bernadette questions her vocation, and our narrator Jenny tries out hospital nursing. If you liked Season 1, you will like this!

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avidreader24
Feb 20, 2014

It is what it is: Life. With all its challenges, ugly parts, beautiful moments and the serenity that comes from the ultimate knowledge that you might not change the world but you can always give it your best.
On another note, it is sad that in many parts of the world the profession of trained midwives, once so highly esteemed and surely forever needed, struggles so badly for either recognition, funding or insurance.... Where are we going as a society if we don't allow the oldest profession of the world to get the appreciation it deserves...

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slaroche
Jan 21, 2014

This is an excellent Series. Please get Season 3

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Monolith
Jan 20, 2015

PC Peter Noakes (on his wife's -- Chummy's, imminent childbirth): "Is there any news?" Sister Evangelina: "It's a baby, not a lubricated penguin! They don't come sliding out to order..."

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jimg2000
Jul 30, 2013

Poem To an Unknown God
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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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jimg2000
Jul 30, 2013

Sister Julienne tried her best to keep the peace between the two Sisters, but not very successfully. How can you reprimand a nonagenarian whose mind is wandering? And would it do any good? I am sure she wondered, as I did, how much of it was due to senility, and how much was calculated mischief-making; but she could never be sure, and in any case Sister Monica Joan’s wit had always flashed and gone before she could do anything about it. So Sister Evangelina’s suffering continued.

The monastic vows of poverty, chastity and obedience are hard, very hard. But harder still is the task of living, day in, day out, with your Sisters in God.

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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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