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
In 1950s London, they delivered hope for all.
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Did You Know?
Nonnatus House is a pseudonym for The Community of St. John the Divine, an Anglican religious order of nuns founded in London in 1848. The order relocated to Birmingham in 1976, and ceased to practice midwifery in 1990. 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