Truths and Lessons Learned from Being a Midwife

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Deborah McBain bids farewell to midwifery but recalls the lessons she has learned during this special journey of her life.

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The World Intrudes on Birth

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As an important chapter of her life soon comes to a close, Deborah McBain reflects on her time as a midwife and nurse.

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A Born Before Arrival Story

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Deborah McBain reflects on Episode 5, recalling her own experience with a Born Before Arrival birth.

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Taking a Walk in Someone Else's Shoes

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As a midwife, disagreeing with a patient's decisions is not unusual. Deborah McBain navigates this obstacle in Episode 3, noting that not everything is simply black and white.

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The Importance of a Midwife's Touch: 1961, 1994 and Today

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Modern Day Midwives blogger Deborah McBain explains that while science allows us to predict complications, compassion helps us see past them.

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Mother Knows Best

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Deborah McBain highlights the struggle between following common midwifery practice and listening to a mother's needs.

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Prescription for Call the Midwife Withdrawal – A Summer Reading List

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Another season has ended with the speed of light, leaving us reeling from the sudden loss of our midwife fix. Deborah McBain offers her list of favorite books to help ease the void.

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A Complicated World and Simple Love

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Deborah McBain discusses Episode 7's story on mixed-up babies and what improvements have been made since the '60s to keep newborns secure in the hospital. 

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The Joy of Midwifery Never Dims

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Whether it is a calling to be a nun or a midwife, Deborah McBain believes it takes a certain sort of person to choose the sacrifices and endure the less than pleasant aspects of both endeavors. But despite midwifery’s close dealings with worldly, fleshy devilish things, there is something very spiritually powerful about a laboring woman and the birth of a human being.  

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From Bengali Babies to Mindful Medicine

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Deborah McBain recently chatted with one of her consulting physicians to get some insight on Dr. Turner's relationship with the midwives of Nonnatus House. 

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Five Truths Call the Midwife Reveals About Modern Midwives

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Deborah McBain explores what most midwives have in common.

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Some Are Easier to Love Than Others

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During her long nursing career, Deborah McBain has cared for families in a multitude of configurations, but it is the similarities in partnerships and families that strike her the most.

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A Focus on Nurse Crane

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Deborah McBain gives her thoughts on Episode 2's tough story on pregnancy loss.

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A Midwife in Every Spot

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Modern Day Midwives blogger Deborah McBain loved that the first episode of Season 4 featured two births within the first several minutes, a third birth later on, plenty of heart wrenching drama, a pending health crisis, plus a proposal.

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Season 4: London 1960 and Detroit 2015

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In the first post for Season 4, Modern Day Midwives blogger Deborah McBain discusses how 1960 London compares with 2015 Detroit. 

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