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The Gospel Lessons of 'Call the Midwife'

The new BBC drama shows what it takes to serve the least of these.

There was no way I was going to miss the American debut of the BBC television hit Call the Midwife. Not only am I fascinated by birth in general (as Her.meneutics readers know by now), I gave birth to my second child in a small town in Scotland, with midwives in attendance. "Community midwives" oversaw all of my prenatal care, and for 10 days following the birth, they "popped 'round" to see me and the baby. In the United Kingdom, it's not unusual or trendy to have a midwife rather than a doctor at birth—nearly every woman with an uncomplicated pregnancy does. British bottles of Johnson & Johnson's baby wash declare that it's the brand that "more British midwives use" on their own children; there's nothing countercultural about them. This helps to explains why, in the UK, Call the Midwife surpassed even Downton Abbey in popularity.

while Downton is a story of life among Britain's very wealthy, Midwife offers glimpses into life among London's urban poor. It's based upon three (somewhat ...

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