Like they did last season, we are happy to have the faculty of the Vanderbilt School of Nursing back to guest blog for us each Monday morning about the previous night’s episode of Season 2 of Call the Midwife, airing on Sundays on NPT and PBS Stations nationwide at 7:00 p.m. Central, March 31-May 19. Check in here every Monday morning for the next six weeks for historical and contemporary context on the show, and some fun discussion. SPOILER ALERT: Some may contain spoilers, so please be aware of that.
By Margaret Buxton MSN CNM
The last episode of the season finds the occupants of Nonnatus House coming together as a family. I loved how all the threads wove together to show the many ways families form and grow. Chummy’s birth portrayed a very abnormal but not entirely uncommon complication called placenta previa. Instead of implanting and growing high in the uterus, the placenta implants and grows low –- covering the entrance to the birth canal. With this complication, it is not possible to have the baby vaginally due to the risk of hemorrhage. Mother and baby can both be affected by this problem, but thankfully in Chummy’s case, early detection in labor and a swift transport to the hospital led to a happy ending. The use of routine ultrasound screening midpregnancy affords us the advanced warning of this complication (something the midwives of the 1950s did not have) and plans can be made for birth, often preventing emergencies.
Is this really the end of the season? I felt baited at the end, as Jenny hops on the back of her new beau’s bike and ride off into the blue sky. Does she give in to love, or remain devoted to her calling as a midwife? Or can she find the balance of both? The rich stories of this program portray the best of life, death, birth, and love.
Margaret Buxton, MSN CNM, is a Certified Nurse-Midwife, Instructor of Nursing, Vanderbilt School of Nursing and Clinical Practice Director, West End Women’s Health Center.
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