Who out there watches “Call the Midwife” on BBC? It’s a hugely popular period show, set in the 1950’s/60’s in London’s East End, about convent-trained nurse midwives assisting in the home births of impoverished women in the community.
I was wondering what we’re all wondering- do the Oakland Macomb midwives watch the show? Do they like it? Is it accurate to the time period? So I cornered Kathy Figurski, midwife extraordinaire, and asked her all about it.
It turns out they DO watch and LOVE it and every time an episode airs, the international nurse midwife phone chain is activated and they all call each other and talk about it. (That last part might be a bit of an exaggeration, but can’t you just picture, “Hello, Julie? This is Fig. Did you see it? I KNOW! Can you believe….”). There are current, experienced nurse midwives blogging for PBS about the content of the episodes. If you’re interested, check out this site.
It’s based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, in a series of books published from 2002-2009. Apparently the books are wonderful and worth a read, as well. The show has now branched off some and is, of course, delving into the fictional drama of the individual character’s lives, but it is attempting to stay historically accurate.
The show honors how amazing nurse midwives are and how much impact they have on a community. It also makes us thankful for the resources we have here and now and for the medical advances we’ve had since that time.
Midwives are still being called in England today. Famously, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, was attended by nurse midwife teams in both her hospital deliveries.
And of course we here at Oakland Macomb OBGYN call our midwives all the time. And they never, ever get tired of us making that joke. Ever.
As always, if you have a specific question about your health, pregnancy, or delivery, please speak to your Oakland Macomb provider.