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Call the Midwife

Season Two
(DVD - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Season Two continues to follow Jenny and the other midwives as they deal with all the problems the neighborhood of Poplar has to throw at them. A fascinating portrayal of birth, life, death and a community on the brink of huge social change, Call the Midwife offers a gripping insight into a way of life that is so drastically different from how we live now.
Title: Call the midwife
Season two
[videorecording]
Publisher: [London] : BBC Worldwide ; Burbank, CA : [distributed in the USA and Canada by] Warner Home Video, [2013]
Edition: Widescreen presentation
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (555 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: a Neal Street production for BBC ; written by Heidi Thomas ; directed by Philippa Lowthorpe, Jamie Payne
Notes: Title from container
Based on the book by Jennifer Worth
Special features: Midwifery adaptation & detail, Interviews with cast and crew
Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Summary: Season Two continues to follow Jenny and the other midwives as they deal with all the problems the neighborhood of Poplar has to throw at them. A fascinating portrayal of birth, life, death and a community on the brink of huge social change, Call the Midwife offers a gripping insight into a way of life that is so drastically different from how we live now.
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama CALL2
Country of Producing Entity: Great Britain
Performers: Jessica Raine, Pam Ferris, Helen George, Judy Parfitt.
System Details: DVD, NTSC, region 1, 16:9 anamorphic; Dolby Digital, stereo
Other Language: In English, with English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Subject Headings: Poplar (London, England) Drama Midwives England London Drama Pregnant women England London Drama
Genre/Form: Historical television programs
Television series
Fiction television programs
Television adaptations
Topical Term: Midwives
Pregnant women
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Season Two continues to follow Jenny and the other midwives as they deal with all the problems the neighborhood of Poplar has to throw at them. A fascinating portrayal of birth, life, death and a community on the brink of huge social change, Call the Midwife offers a gripping insight into a way o... Read More »


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For all who enjoy the series, read the books, too! All three are wonderfully written.

Mar 28, 2014
  • MERLEY WHEATON rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Characters I care about and stories that draw you in.

Mar 24, 2014
  • mvkramer rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The gang has more adventures in this go-round - Chummy goes to Africa, Trixie delivers a baby on a ship, Sister Bernadette questions her vocation, and our narrator Jenny tries out hospital nursing. If you liked Season 1, you will like this!

Mar 17, 2014
  • JAMESG rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Mainly meant for women to watch.

Feb 20, 2014
  • avidreader24 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It is what it is: Life. With all its challenges, ugly parts, beautiful moments and the serenity that comes from the ultimate knowledge that you might not change the world but you can always give it your best.
On another note, it is sad that in many parts of the world the profession of trained midwives, once so highly esteemed and surely forever needed, struggles so badly for either recognition, funding or insurance.... Where are we going as a society if we don't allow the oldest profession of the world to get the appreciation it deserves...

This is an excellent Series. Please get Season 3

Dec 18, 2013
  • rslade rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Powerful, sweet, and positive, a marvelous TV series in every way.

This is the most facinating show I 've ever watched on PBS. The story lines are so heartwarming and constant that it just takes your breath away. It is a simpler time when they weren't bombarded by so much technology like they are today. Seems people are so attached to their electronics and games that they don't have time for anyone on a very personal level. People in this story are so real and caring, not robotic and artificial like they are today. I came across this on PBS by channel surfing and though not into women's issues, I was totally drawn in and captivated and have watched this every time I get the chance. I totally love watching these all the time and can't wait for the next season. Great performances and storyline. Love it!

Nov 12, 2013
  • BlueHippo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Another great season. Love these characters and their stories!

Nov 11, 2013
  • JeanieG rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Like so many others I just adore this show. I wish it went on week after week. I think it must be the character development and the stories of love and friendship and life. I think this second season was equal to the first season and I can't wait (it will be a while) to see the 3rd season.

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Jul 30, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Poem To an Unknown God
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I sang to you
In the day of my bliss
And you were near
I thought of you
In my lover’s kiss
And felt you there
I turned to you
When our love was too brief
And found your strength.
I needed you
In the years of my grief
And knew you, at length.

Jul 30, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Sister Julienne tried her best to keep the peace between the two Sisters, but not very successfully. How can you reprimand a nonagenarian whose mind is wandering? And would it do any good? I am sure she wondered, as I did, how much of it was due to senility, and how much was calculated mischief-making; but she could never be sure, and in any case Sister Monica Joan’s wit had always flashed and gone before she could do anything about it. So Sister Evangelina’s suffering continued.

The monastic vows of poverty, chastity and obedience are hard, very hard. But harder still is the task of living, day in, day out, with your Sisters in God.

Jul 30, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

From book on child birth:
It is hard to imagine today that until the last century no woman had any specialist obstetric care during pregnancy. The first time a woman would see a doctor or midwife was when she went into labour. Therefore, death and disaster, either for mother or child, or both, were commonplace. Such tragedies were looked upon as the will of God, whereas, in fact, they were the inevitable result of neglect and ignorance. Society ladies would have a doctor visiting them during pregnancy, but such visits were not antenatal care and would probably be more like social calls than anything else, because no doctor was trained in antenatal care.

Jul 30, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

From the book on midwife: Why aren’t midwives the heroines of society that they should be? Why do they have such a low profile? They ought to be lauded to the skies, by everyone. But they are not. The responsibility they carry is immeasurable. Their skill and knowledge are matchless, yet they are completely taken for granted, and usually overlooked.

All medical students in the 1950s were trained by midwives. They had classroom lectures from an obstetrician, certainly, but without clinical practice lectures are meaningless. So in all teaching hospitals, medical students were attached to a teacher midwife, and would go out with her in the district to learn the skill of practical midwifery. All GPs had been trained by a midwife. But these facts seemed to be barely known.

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Dec 18, 2013
  • rslade rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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