By Nancy Kraus, LM
An unexpected twin
delivery in a mom who had no prenatal care. An impaired surgeon.
Unrequited love. The power of sisterly bonds. Doing what's right even
when it's not what you really want to do.
"Call the Midwife" continues its exploration of the emotional
and very human issues that are experienced in health care and in giving
birth. The times, the equipment, the clothing, the setting are
different, but the fears and problems we face are the same.
I continue to be impressed by the very accurate and real way
birth is portrayed in this series as opposed to the overwrought, unreal
way birth is usually portrayed in American television shows. A midwife
is always on the set during the shooting of this series, and as a
midwife myself, I really appreciate and am amazed by this attention to
detail and reality.
Thankfully, nurses no longer have to wear those horrible,
"couture" uniforms and ridiculous caps when they are doing their very
important and often physical work! And would any American today
tolerate being a patient in a ward? People in NYC expect private rooms
in hospitals and concierge service. But with all our advances in
technology, the human touch of a caring nurse or midwife is still the
most important aspect of care.
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