The midwives receive a rapturous welcome when they return from their South African adventure - but all is not well at Nonnatus House. In their absence, Sister Ursula has been running a very tight ship and it is quickly announced that she will remain in charge at Nonnatus House, above Sister Julienne. Sister Ursula makes unpopular changes, but bound by a vow of obedience Sister Julienne is unable to challenge her. As the Nonnatuns chafe under the new rules, the midwives are drawn into helping heavily pregnant mother Trudy Watts, whose husband has just been released from prison for extortion.
Sister Ursula continues to reign with an iron fist and the midwives at Nonnatus House struggle to toe the line, especially when she insists they must not be emotionally involved with their patients. This unpopular new edict is immediately put to the test when new father George Marsh is badly burnt in an explosion at the docks and is unable to support his new family.
Nonnatus House welcomes a new recruit, Nurse Valerie Dyer. A vulnerable young man captures the hearts of the Fred and Violet whilst the whereabouts of Sister Mary Cynthia causes distress amongst the team.
Valerie Dyer oversees the care of an expectant Somali woman and is shocked when she uncovers a troubling aspect to this unfamiliar culture. The Nonnatus family unite to provide the very best care for Sister Mary Cynthia.
The midwives oversee the opening of a family planning clinic at the local community centre. Rediscovering her independence, Wilma visits the clinic and starts taking the contraceptive pill behind her husband's back. At Nonnatus House, Barbara is distraught when she discovers that her father, Canon Gilbert, is going to work abroad and won't be able to officiate at her wedding. This is a prospect that neither of Tom nor Barbara can bear, so they announce that Canon Gilbert will marry them before he sets sail, giving them just three weeks to make all the necessary arrangements. Elsewhere, Shelagh's due date is fast approaching and she finally agrees to stop work and rest. But first she must decide which of the Nonnatus midwives will deliver the baby.
A moving, intimate, funny and, above all, true-to-life look at the colorful stories of midwifery and families in East London in the Fifties, based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth. When Jenny Lee first arrives in Poplar, she knows nothing about hardship, poverty or indeed, life itself. Attached to an order of nursing nuns at Nonnatus House, Jenny is part of a team of midwives who visit expectant mothers, providing the poorest women with the best possible care.
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