Carrying the Lessons Learned from Call the Midwife

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Andrea Altomaro explains how midwives sometimes must grieve with patients and their families, and sometimes in the same day, have to celebrate with others.

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The Impact of Support Through Stressful Times

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Andrea Altomaro says the strength we can get from a support group, from our friends, family, and community, can make such a difference in our coping abilities.

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Cultural Competence and Compassionate Care

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Modern Midwife Andrea Altomaro says it's important to be sensitive of the fact that Nadifa has grown up her entire life believing that what was done to her was normal and necessary.

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Tied Together Long After the Cord is Cut

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Modern Day Midwife and mother Andrea Altomaro on how the bond between mother and child is so much more than an emotional one,

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Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

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Modern Midwife Andrea Altomaro says that despite the heartaches endured through each episode of Call the Midwife, we are also often reminded of the joys of midwifery.

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Understanding Our Judgmental Minds

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Andrea Altomaro unpacks episode 3, taking a look at the underlying theme of the importance of empathizing with others, especially someone who is different from you.

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The Diligent, Vigilant Nurse

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With Nonnatus house facing cuts, Andrea Altomaro explains why nursing and midwifery care is so much more than collecting vital signs and listening to babies’ heartbeats.

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When Pregnancy Triggers Violence

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Andrea Altomaro discusses how and why it can be difficult to uncover domestic abuse.

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Carrying on in the Face of Grief

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At times, life forces us into situations where we find ourselves grieving during times of celebration. Andrea Altomaro navigates this challenge.

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'Nothing Stays the Same'

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Embracing change plays an important role in Episode 7 as many of Poplar's residents remain resistant to contraception and new ways of birthing. Andrea Altomaro explores this issue.

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A Midwife’s Skill

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Andrea Altomaro discusses delivery complications that can occur without a midwife present as a young woman attempts to conceal her pregnancy in Episode 6.

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When Doing Our Best Doesn’t Feel Like Enough

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Andrea Altomaro discusses acceptance when coping with stressful labors and births that go awry.

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Listen, Support & Leave Judgment at the Door

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With judgment playing a theme throughout Episode 3, Andrea Altomaro advises against turning on a patient even when your values don't align.

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'Because Love Grows, When Nothing Else Is Certain'

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Andrea Altomaro reflects on the drama, characters, and heavy-hitting health issues in the Season 5 premiere.

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Putting Personal Bias Aside & Respecting a Mother's Choices

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Andrea Altomaro discusses the importance of lending an ear to a patient in times of emotional distress.

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About the Modern Day Midwives

PBS and Detroit Public Television have partnered with experienced midwives to discuss their role in modern obstetrics and how things have changed in relation to Call the Midwife, which takes place in the 1950s and 1960s. Learn More