Touching Lives

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Like the main character Jenny Lee, I will never forget Nonnatus House and the stories of the lives that were touched by the midwives. Watching the beautifully produced and well-written show has been a pleasure. It also makes me stop and remember all the wonderful stories I have been a part of as a nurse midwife in metro Detroit for the past 22 years.

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The Good Bits

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There is something especially right about watching Call the Midwife on Mothers’ Day, especially as I am about to head into the hospital to help deliver the baby of a colleague and soon-to-be first-time mom.

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Families

Posted by Tish Roeske on

Pregnant women do not exist in a vacuum. The stresses and needs of a woman’s family will affect her pregnancy and labor. I am continually amazed at how a woman can power through and do what needs to be done during a pregnancy and delivery.

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The Taboo

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I love how the producers and writers of Call the Midwife are fearless in tackling taboo subjects. The characters and story lines put a human face on difficult and devices issues of the 1950s. These are issues so difficult that we still wrestle with them today, more than 50 years later.

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Resilience

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Resilience, according to Webster’s Dictionary, is “the ability to recover or adjust to misfortune or change.” Jenny Lee and the Roberts family prove in Episode 4 of Call the Midwife how resilient the human spirit can be. 

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Parallels

Posted by Tish Roeske on

There are so many wonderful story lines in Call the Midwife. I enjoy watching the friendships that have developed. I like how the show’s creators give us a glimpse into the lives and emotions of the nuns but still keeps them somewhat apart from the others. Watching the interactions between the midwives and the doctors, with all its give and take, is so similar to my experience

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Trust

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The trust women place in their midwife is a gift. The trust a midwife places in herself is an essential skill. As I teach and mentor student nurse midwives, I tell them, “Be the midwife in the room. Be their midwife. They are looking to you to help."

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Call the Midwife Season 2: Still Hitting the Mark

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I have been anticipating Season 2 of Call the Midwife. Would it be as good as Season 1? Would it still be a wonderful look back at childbirth and the way it touches families and communities? Would it still somehow manage to remain pertinent to the lives of women and their families today? Yes, yes and yes again.

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Modern Miracles

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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

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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

Posted by Tish Roeske on

“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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You Make Them Feel Safe

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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 Mothers Are the Brave Ones

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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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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