Monday, April 8, 2013

#makesmesmilemondays Call the Midwife

Every once in awhile, I am assigned to check in on a CPS high school student that has recently had a baby and is therefore "on homebound." I love visiting these new moms: it gives me a chance to provide some encouragement and help the new teen mom get back on track in school...and I get to cuddle adorable  babies! It truly is wonderful to be able to cuddle a sweet newborn (and then be able to hand them back to mom and go home to relative peace and quiet!). Sadly, not all have the support to continue their schooling, which breaks my heart, but more often than not I happily see these young women return to school and pursue their educations against so many odds, as their babies grow into toddlers and school kids.

In another lifetime, I would have chosen to be a midwife, so I could support new moms on a full time basis (or I'd even return to school if I had the time and support!). Instead, I live vicariously through the midwives on the delightful BBC miniseries Call the Midwife. As I was riding my vintage bicycle through Logan Square, my navy blue trench coat cinched around my waist, to visit a student and her newborn last Friday, it hit me: I relate to Jenny, the main character and the narrator of the series (the entire series consists of Jenny reminiscing about her experience as a midwife on the East End of London in the 1950's) as I ride my bike and check in on the new moms...
I'm not birthing babies, but I am riding my bike and visiting moms and
newborns. Close enough for me! :)

If you haven't seen Call the Midwife, promise me you'll check it out. At least for me, it's almost a relief to see a series that focuses on a group of working women that truly are agents of change and inspiration. Many episodes are available online, and you can always watch it on your local PBS station. Let me know what you think!

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  1. I love this show to. Best part if I miss it on Sunday it is on my PBS app. Gotta love that! Glad to be a field mom with you!

  2. I love the show too! It's so beautifully written, shot and acted and always surprises me. I love how cake is a consistent theme too! The entire show is just "peh-Fekt"! (my cheekie attempt at a witty English accent. :)