Based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth; the story follows twenty-two year old Jenny, who in 1957 leaves her comfortable home to become a midwife in London's East End. She is surprised to find that she will be living in a convent: Nonnatus House. Working alongside fellow nurses and the medically-trained nuns, Jenny has her eyes opened to the harsh living conditions of the slums, but she also discovers the warm hearts and the bravery of the mothers. Even after Jenny leaves Nonnatus, she continues to chronicle the lives of the midwives who have become her family. Written by
Did You Know?
The midwives are based in Nonnatus House, which is named after St. Raymond Nonnatus (nonnatus being the Latin for "not born") who was born by Cesarean section, and is the patron saint of pregnant women and childbirth. See more
When Vanessa Redgrave
(the voice of mature Jenny) appears on screen for the first time, the on-screen caption gives the date as 2005 and she is considering writing her memoirs. However by 2005, the first two volumes (Call the Midwife and Shadows of the Workhouse) had already been published. See more
Referenced in The One Show: Episode #7.28