I loved “Downton Abbey” so I tuned in last night for the series premier of “Call the Midwife” on PBS. The new British series takes a look at midwives (some nuns, some just nurses) in the 1950s in East End, London.
The nurse/nuns work in a poor area where working-class/poor women are just having baby after baby.
While heading out on a call in a poor neighborhood, the nun tells the nurse there are between 80 to 100 babies born each month in Poplar alone and as soon as one baby leaves the pram another is ready to take his place.
Throughout the show, you just see babies all over the place: Babies in prams on the street next the house or on prams in the hallway; Toddlers peeing on floors; Big brothers and sisters caring for the little ones.
At one point the dad asked for the nurse to give him the afterbirth so he could get more food on the dole for the family.
One mother in the series had 24 kids and is pregnant again. They think the baby is stillborn but turns out to be