Droughtlander suggestions: Call the Midwife is a must-watch

Picture Shows: Nurse Lucille Anderson (LEONIE ELLIOTT), Elaine Pilkington (HANNAH RAE)
Picture Shows: Nurse Lucille Anderson (LEONIE ELLIOTT), Elaine Pilkington (HANNAH RAE) /

Outlander fans need to watch Call the Midwife during this Droughtlander

As an Outlander fan, you’re just looking for ways to get through Droughtlander. This one is hard thanks to a certain virus halting all productions. There’s no news yet on when the show is going to start filming. So, you’re looking for shows to get through Droughtlander, and Call the Midwife is likely on your list.

This is one of those shows that you’ve likely heard of but put off watching. After all, there are nine seasons of the series. You need time to start and catch up, right?

This is what Droughtlander is for. It’s the benefit of such a long break. Now is your chance to binge-watch a show you’ve wanted to get to for a while. If Call the Midwife isn’t on your list yet, put it on there now.

What is Call the Midwife about?

The British period drama follows the midwives and nuns working at Nonnatus House, a nursing convent that helps to deal with the medical problems in London’s Poplar district. It’s one of the poorest parts of the city in the 1950s, which means a lot of medical needs but people with little to no money to get the treatment they need.

Around 80 to 100 babies are born every month in the area. It’s up to the midwives in the hospital to make sure childbirth is as safe as possible.

However, not everyone wants to have babies. There are storylines of the illegal abortions that took place during the time, some of the most dangerous procedures going.

Must of the content in the show is based on real stories. Heidi Thomas created the show based on Jennifer Worth’s memoirs, someone who worked at the Community of St. John the Devine in London’s East End. However, the show has since moved on from the memoirs, but does focus on historically sourced material.

Apart from Season 1, which includes six episodes, each of the seasons is eight episodes long with added Christmas specials. I love the way Britain does TV. There are two more seasons confirmed so far, but it’s not clear if anything after Call the Midwife Season 11 could happen.

Why you need to watch Call the Midwife during Droughtlander

With nine seasons, this is the perfect time to binge-watch the series. Call the Midwife offers much of what you’ll adore about Outlander. It’s filled with research, telling real stories that many women around now will remember.

It tackles situations like the “Baby Boom” after the Second World War, the introduction of gas and air being used for pain relief, the Child Migrants Programme, and much more. There are also topics outside of children and childbirth. Racial abuse, dementia, and meningitis play a part in various shows.

Yes, abortion is touched on. This was something not legalized until 1967 in the UK, so the show focuses on the dangerous acts women would do to carry out illegal abortions.

With all these storylines, it’s empathetic and caring. This isn’t just made to tell a story, but to raise awareness. It’s a story filled with heart, but there are some traumatic moments.

You’ll also see a few Outlander actors on Call the Midwife along the way, including Maria Doyle Kennedy and Nell Hudson in the most recent season. Of course, as with any British TV show, you’ll see a lot of familiar faces from other TV shows and movies set in the UK.

I think you’ll also love the fact that the series is set in a hospital that looks after people without money. It will feel a little like Claire working in the Paris charity hospital, but with a slightly more modern take than that place. The nuns want much of the same as Mother Hildegarde.

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What are you watching to get through Droughtlander? What do you think of Call the Midwife? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Call the Midwife is available to stream on Netflix.