Hyperemesis Gravidarum or Severe Nausea and Vomiting during Pregnancy

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Katie Moriarty discusses the Season 4 Finale and shares resources for strategies to help with nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, a theme seen in Episode 8. 

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Beginnings and Endings

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Andrea Altomaro looks back on Season 4, and how the midwives dealt with difficult topics and their own personal struggles.

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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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Supporting One Another: Going beyond the Call of Duty

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Andrea Altomaro explains how midwifery is an extremely rewarding and mostly joyful career, but there can be moments of unbearable sorrow. 

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It's About Resolution, Not Condemnation

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Episode 7 made Katie Moriarty think about patient safety and the structures and processes that are put in place to improve capability and decrease errors.

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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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Midwifing the Midwife

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Often, Andrea and her colleagues meet mothers who may find it difficult to trust medical professionals. Because one of the aspects of the midwifery model of care is forming a relationship with their clients, sometimes a midwife is a great fit for these women. 

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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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We’re Shaped by the Hands We Hold and Hearts We Cherish

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For Katie Moriarty, it is an honor to be with mothers as they go through powerful transitions in their lives. 

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Midwifery: The Art of Caring

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One thing that really struck Andrea Altomaro about this week’s episode was how the midwives and Dr. Turner show how much their professions are an enormous part of their lives.

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Humanity is Fragile

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Katie Moriarty shares how she related to Sister Julienne's challenges working with a couple who refused medical treatment in Episode 5. 

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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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Public Health Behavior: Changes and Challenges

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Katie Moriarty explores Episode 4’s theme of changes in health behavior. 

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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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In Midwifery, There Is No Room for Passing Judgements

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Andrea Altomoro explains that no matter a woman’s background —her age, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, sexual identity — it is a midwife’s job to provide safe, compassionate, and quality care.

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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