Call the Midwife

If you know this programme, you will know that it involves a group of nurses, midwives and nuns involved with the care of patients and the bringing of babies into the world.

As it is predominantly actresses in the plot, some may find it strange that I would want to comment of such a wonderful production, as I am sure that some people, who read my posts, would consider me to be an angry misogynist. but they would be so very wrong.

I adore this programme and could watch it all day, every day. It is so beautifully put together and is based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth. It is so touching that it regularly brings tears to my eyes.

As far as I can see, they have not taken liberties with anything at all. Based in Poplar, this was the sort of place that my Mum grew up in but somewhat a better area as Mum was born and grew up in a slum, pure and simple.

The programme tackles very important issues at the time and one that I just watched involved the drug, Thalidomide, a supposed cure for morning sickness. Mum took this when she was pregnant but my brother and I were the lucky ones, as it was a scandalous drug with horrible side effects, hidden from the public by the drug company. Anyone who has not heard of Thalidomide has been living under a rock for the last 50 or so years.

It just goes to show that when everything is said and done, it all comes down to money and, of course, greed.

The main side effect of Thalidomide was that limbs did not grow at all and babies were born with stumps but maybe, just maybe, it was the cause of my brain tumour that wreaked havoc with my life from the age of 13. One will just never know.

Call the Midwife was for the era in which I grew up, where people actually talked to each other and where life, in the main, seemed so much better than today.

Some people do not give it a second’s thought but I believe that I was born in the wrong era, where money did not drive just about everything. I am not naive; greed has been around for millennia but the perception was that greed had not pervaded itself into just about every facet of life.

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