"The Midwife's Deception" is a primer on having a baby. One learns all about Braxton Hicks, the name for false labor pains. Our midwife, young Jina, is very knowledgeable about these details as she assists the protagonist, Sara, through the final trimester of her pregnancy.
Jina and Sara have in common a difficult upbringing with mothers who are described in the film as "whack-a-doodles." In the case of Sara, she rose above the painful childhood experiences to earn a law degree and marry a decent man named Danny. The couple has recently moved from L.A. to Kentucky, where they live in the home of Danny's late mother.
A subplot of the film was the welcoming of Sara to the "Mommy Meetup" club. Unfortunately, the welcome was not warm due to the group's snobbish ringleader Kelly. The only friend that Sara makes is Allie, the proprietress of Shakespeare and Co. coffee shop. Unfortunately, Allie will make an early exit from the film after she becomes suspicious of Sara's newly retained midwife.
Young Jina is the midwife from hell. Unlike Sara, she never succeeded in overcoming abuse she received from her mom. Now, after having lost a child through a stillborn birth, she will stop at nothing to get her clutches on Sara's child Eloise. Her master plan to encourage Sara to give birth at home, where she will have the opportunity to kill the parents and abduct the child. She is so confident in her plan that she has even announced the coming of the new baby on social media.
The performances were excellent, and the action moved crisply until the very ending of the film. The mad dash around the home with a very pregnant Sara pursued by the zealous Jina was not very believable. Nor was the swift recovery of Danny after been swatted by Jina on the head by a baseball bat. Ouch! At that moment, Danny would have surely preferred Braxton Hicks to a Louisville Slugger.
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