Contains Series 1, 2 and the Christmas special.
When Jenny Lee first arrives in London’s East End, she knows nothing about hardship, poverty or indeed, life itself. Raised in the wealthy English countryside, she’s previously spent time in Paris and could have been anything. But she chose to become a nurse and now, as a newly qualified midwife, Jenny has come to work in the poorest area of the city.
Attached to an order of nursing nuns at Nonnatus House, Jenny is part of a team of midwives who visit the expectant mothers of Poplar, providing the poorest women with the best possible care.
The life that greets Jenny is a world away from what she’s used to – either at home or in the hospitals where she was trained.
The streets teem with children – families of between six and ten children are commonplace – and with just one eight-bed maternity ward to serve the whole district, most deliveries take place at home. Few homes have indoor sanitation and none have hot running water.
This drama follows Jenny as she meets her patients for the first time – women like Conchita, who is on her 25th pregnancy and Mary, a prostitute and pregnant at just 15. At first shocked by the appalling conditions, Jenny soon learns to love the people who live in the East End.
The Collection continues to follow Jenny and the other midwives as they deal with the all the problems Poplar has to throw at them. A very old and dirty woman dressed in rags is fascinated by the babies in Poplar, much to the disgust and fear of the mothers. But is there more to this woman that anyone realises? When a new born baby is abandoned at Nonnatus House at Christmas, the nuns wonder who would be desperate enough to do such a thing. Word soon spreads around the expectant mums when Dr Turner introduces the latest pain killer – gas and air – and it’s not long before all the women want a taste of it. Elsewhere Chummy gets to grips with being a wife and wonders whether her time at Nonnatus House is coming to an end. A fascinating portrayal of birth, life, death and a community on the brink of huge social change, Call the Midwife offers a gripping insight into a world that is so drastically different from how we live now.
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Call The Midwife: The Collection contains Series 1, 2 and the Christmas special.
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