A moving, intimate, funny and, above all, true-to-life look at the colourful stories of midwifery and families in East London in the Fifties, based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth.
When Jenny Lee first arrives in London's East End, she knows nothing about hardship, poverty or indeed, life itself. Raised in a wealthy area of the English countryside, she could have done 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 London's East End, providing the poorest women with the best possible care.
The life that greets Jenny is a world away from what she's used to. The streets teem with children - families of between six and ten are commonplace - and with just one eight-bed maternity ward to serve the whole district, most deliveries take place at home. 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.
Call the Midwife is a fascinating portrayal of birth, life, death and a community on the brink of social change, offering a gripping insight into a world that is so drastically different from how we live now.