Last Sunday, March 29th, everyone’s favorite BBC drama returned as its characters were catapulted into the 1960s. That’s right, Call the Midwife is back with season four!
The series follows the work and lives of a group of midwives and nuns at Nonnatus House, a nursing convent which serves a very low-income population in 1950s and 1960s East End London. While the main focus is, as the title indicates, delivering babies and ensuring safe childbirths, the sisters and midwives perform a host of additional nursing duties throughout the deprived community. Like most nurses, the characters of Call the Midwife often go far beyond the call of duty for their patients.
Besides providing excellent entertainment and period drama panache in the same vein of Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife also touches on a lot of important social issues. And, with its focus on the challenges and fruits of a career in nursing, the show has gained a substantial following amongst nurses and other healthcare professionals.
Here something really cool I just read about on the Call the Midwife Facebook page: On Nashville’s Public Television website, faculty from the Vanderbilt School of Nursing have been posting guest blogs recapping each episode ever since Call the Midwife’s first season. There are spoilers, so you’ll want to watch before reading, but these guest blogs are a really cool companion to the show — especially for nurses and midwives — because they discuss the show’s happenings in the context of clinical concerns and associated issues. You can check these awesome recaps out here.
If you are a fan who is stoked that Call the Midwife is back with season four, you can check your local listings or catch up on season three and the new episodes of season four as they are posted here at PBS.org.
If you’re a nurse and you’ve never watched Call the Midwife, you can get hooked on the first season at Netflix. The whole series is also available for purchase or rental on Amazon.
Whether it’s reality, comedy, or drama, what’s your favorite television show about or featuring nurses? Share your faves in the comments.
Here’s a taste of Call the Midwife, with the season four trailer: