Modern Miracles

Posted by Tish Roeske on

In Episode 6 of Call the Midwife, Chummy delivers not twins, but triplets by candlelight and a bike headlamp without running water or enough blankets to wrap up the babies.

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RSVP and Acceptance

Posted by Tish Roeske on

When a midwife accepts an invitation there should be a special place to mark “cannot attend,” “attend” (not on call) or “maybe attend” (on call). Chummy misses her date to meet Peter’s mother to be the midwife to a pig. While I have never had that experience, I have missed my share of dates, school events and family functions because a patient needed me.

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Love Is Both Pain and Joy

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“Love is both pain and joy,” could have been the tag line of Episode 4 of Call the Midwife. The young midwives Jenny and Cynthia observe the dynamic nature of love and childbirth. The pain of the contractions and the joy when the baby is finally out are the opposites of the same coin.  As a nurse midwife, I have the privilege of seeing this joy and pain played out.

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Community and Home

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Community and home came across to me as themes of Episode 3 of Call the Midwife. Jenny learns that what she defines as a comfortable home is different than what many of her clients consider home.

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Sacred Birth

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I believe that every single birth is sacred in its own way, and the second episode of Call the Midwife really drove that point home. So often, it’s not exactly how the events happen, but it’s the love and support that a mother and her family feel during a birth that make the event so sacred and beautiful.

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Modern Day U.S. Midwifery Education

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While viewers are given few details of Jenny Lee's midwifery education, it is clear that there are many differences between the 1950’s U.K. midwifery education and today’s U.S. Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) education.

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You Make Them Feel Safe

Posted by Tish Roeske on

Call the Midwife delivered what we in the business call “pearls of wisdom” yet again. This week the line “you make them feel safe” resonates with me.

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The Rookie Midwife

Posted by Andrea Altomaro on

The premiere of Call the Midwife was everything I hoped it would be. Being a new midwife myself, I can easily relate to Jenny. I remember the feelings of excitement and adrenaline when catching my first baby; although thankfully, there was no faulty fireplace to cover us in soot at my first birth experience!

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The Mothers Are the Brave Ones

Posted by Tish Roeske on

The midwives in Call the Midwife say ”the mothers are the brave ones” and “they are why we are here,” which is the essence of the midwife philosophy. They are phrases my partners and I utter every day as we help care for women. The word midwife actually translates to mean with woman.

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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