Episode 4 Call the Midwife


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Episode 4

An expectant mother with financial struggles enters into a painful arrangement with her cousin. As Tom provides pastoral care, he reveals why this case touched him more than most.


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Our deepest desires are never simple.

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But the peace we find when they are met

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eclipses everything.

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Rhythm restored,

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a familiar face returned,

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the fresh new ticking of a clock once stopped.

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When wishes are granted,

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joy comes gently.

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And when it is not, we hang suspended,

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waiting for release in the space between the heartbeats.

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If you've been following the instructions on the pamphlet

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I had specially Roneoed for you before I left for South Africa,

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you shouldn't have any trouble at all with these new exercises.

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Good evening, Barbara! Better late than never.

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Retained placenta in Lisbon Buildings.

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In which case you're excused.

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And we're going to step to the side,

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swinging our heads down to the floor.

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Roses?

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I'm sorry they're pink.

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-They didn't have any red ones.

-I prefer pink anyway.

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How are the children?

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They're looking after each other.

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We're all looking after each other, really.

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It's you I worry about.

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I know.

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Is everything...as it was?

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There's been no further bleeding.

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I'm sorry, ladies and gentlemen,

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but visiting hour is finishing early tonight.

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-We've got ten minutes to go!

-Then you can go and catch an early bus,

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or drop into the Flag and Whistle and have half a beer.

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I've a new patient to see to,

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and all my ladies need settling in for the night.

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That's us told, then.

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Will you come back tomorrow?

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I'd sleep in the corridor if they'd let me.

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The reason this exercise is called The Flamingo is because

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whilst one leg bears the entire weight of the body,

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the other is fully extended behind.

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It's not because we're all turning pink, then?

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As you swing each leg behind you,

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fling the arms open like wings,

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pushing forwards with the bust!

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Oh, gosh!

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You might do better leaning on this chair.

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Barbara, would you come to the front

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and demonstrate to the rest of the class

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whilst I check everybody's balance?

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I'd like the whole class to look at Barbara's lovely supple back

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and confident bust projection!

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This is at least partly because Barbara

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has come to the class wearing suitable undergarments,

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namely a soft, elasticated brassiere and sensible briefs.

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Anything more substantial than a lightweight panty corselet

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is going to seriously affect your ability to carry out these moves.

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Is that why you're out of breath, then?

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No, it is not!

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I really don't like putting you to trouble, Sister.

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I'm a nurse myself, and I know this isn't your job.

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If you're a nurse, you know not to argue with your superiors.

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And if you choose not to use a bed pan,

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you can't choose who wheels you to the lavatory.

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I don't choose not to. I just find it almost impossible...

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No upsetting yourself.

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Upsetting yourself is the worst thing you can do. So I forbid it.

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Fiery Jack! Active ingredient: capsicum pepper.

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My mother swore by it for her fibrositis.

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I haven't got fibrositis, Phyllis! I'm just unfit!

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And the rest of the class were just as bad.

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I don't think one of them had even looked at the exercises

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-in that pamphlet, never mind done any!

-Did you?

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I was very busy in South Africa.

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Did you get any exercise on board ship?

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I played giant chess. Almost every afternoon.

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And I won a twist competition with the Chief Engineer.

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Well, that should've firmed your upper arms and trimmed your flanks.

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S'not a laughing matter, Barbara!

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I've let myself down and my class.

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And I'm going to put it right.

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See that Mrs Turner has all she needs,

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then I must talk to you about the sluice room.

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Yes, Sister Douglas.

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She's very kind.

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If you keep on the right side of her.

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Nurse? I'm really sorry, but I need the toilet and I'm too scared

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to move in case the bleeding starts again.

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Don't worry. I'll fetch you a bedpan.

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It's my third time in here.

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First time I managed to hang on for as long as six months.

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I'm only five months. But I'm hanging on, too.

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ALARM RINGS

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ALARM STOPS

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Ow!

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Ooh!

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MUSIC: Fantastico by Peggy Lee

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# You are so fantastico

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# I'm a lucky so and so... #

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Why don't you join me?

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My wake-up routine can be your wind-down before bed.

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Trixie, I've been jumping through hoops all night for Sister Douglas.

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I don't need any more exercise, thank you.

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Nurse Crane.

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Early bird catches the worm.

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Or, at least, it gets all the worms lined up and identifies

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which is likely to cause the most trouble.

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Drawing up this roster is like trying to plait soot.

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In which case, you'll be delighted to hear that we've received

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permission and funds to engage a new midwife.

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-We're going to advertise in the Midwives Chronicle.

-Oh!

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-Morning, Marnie!

-Oh, I was just going out.

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Oh, do have mercy on a poor, shattered midwife.

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I really don't want to have to bike all the way back

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with a delivery pack perched on my handlebars.

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Mandy, go back in.

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Do make sure you have

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enough shillings put by for the gas and electricity meter.

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A candlelit birth sounds romantic,

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but I've attended several and they can be quite trying.

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Is the lavatory at the end of the corridor?

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You probably smelled it on your way in.

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I-I beg your pardon, Nurse, but I really need to go now

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or I'm going to be late.

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-I'm sorry, I didn't realise you had an appointment.

-Well, I have!

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I'm due in court.

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I bought stuff on HP before me husband left.

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And once I realised he was never coming home, I ran up loans.

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I'm going before the magistrates cos I defaulted on the payments.

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-There are people you could've asked for help.

-Well, I didn't, did I?

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Let me help you to get the children as far as the bus stop.

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It's the least I can do after I've made you late.

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I'm sorry, I-I shouldn't've snapped, Nurse.

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Well, I shouldn't've been such a bossy boots.

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I've been away for months,

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and I was probably enjoying myself a little bit too much.

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My kids always have hankies on 'em.

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One of the things my gran was strict about.

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I've got out of the habit of it myself.

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I never seem to have time for all the little things

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that make you look respectable.

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You look perfectly respectable to me.

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Good morning, Mrs Turner.

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I'm just going to ease you over into this chair

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so that we can tidy up, ready for Mr Kenley's rounds.

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All right?

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Oh.

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No. No...

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It's all right.

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Come and sit down. Come and sit down.

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I know Marnie Wallace is a churchgoer and I thought

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you'd want to be told that she might need some pastoral care.

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Thank you.

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I'm aware she's on her own, of course, and I saw her on Sunday,

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but she never mentioned anything about a court case.

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It's the shame, probably. The more ashamed people are,

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the less inclined they are to ask for help.

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Yes. And the more they need it.

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I'll call and see her.

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Patient is an elderly primigravida,

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aged 36,

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almost five months gestation.

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Admitted after a moderate bleed,

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further bleeding earlier today, now ceased.

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Patient was successfully treated for pulmonary tuberculosis

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using triple protocol some four years ago.

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Why might that mean that conception was...

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unexpected?

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Damage to the pelvic organs, perhaps?

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Possibly leading to problems in carrying a pregnancy to term?

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I was diagnosed with scar tissue in the ovaries and fallopian tubes.

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But once I actually managed to conceive,

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there was no reason to anticipate further problems.

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-You seem to be very well informed, Mrs...?

-Turner.

-Ah.

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I'm a midwife by profession,

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and I know there are always new developments in obstetrics.

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If we could try to find out why this is happening...

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Pregnancies click, or they don't.

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Let's just watch

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and wait,

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shall we?

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Kiddies need somewhere to play,

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and now they've demolished the reservoir there's proper grass there

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and a little hut where they sell ice creams.

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I remember Tom saying something about it.

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Isn't there going to be a grand opening?

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Well, an opening.

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The Mayor's on his holidays, so I wouldn't call it grand.

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Violet's borrowed a maypole to do something with the Brownies,

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but the Cubs, they've gone to hell in a handcart

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since Nurse Mount went off.

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I could give a presentation with my Keep Fit Ladies.

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It would give us all such an incentive,

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and we'd draw quite a crowd with our leotards.

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Leotards? In a public park?

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Oh, Trixie, what would Sister Julienne say?

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If you aren't going to take keep fit seriously, Barbara,

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then you might as well give it up and run the Cubs in your spare time.

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I don't have any spare time.

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Why don't you take 'em on, Nurse Crane?

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Because I find small boys exasperating.

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And violent.

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That's why a good Akela's so essential -

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to stop them turning into exasperating and violent men.

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And how's that going to be accomplished?

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By waving a magic wand?

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Ah! They sell whistles down the hardware shop.

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I just...

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I can't make ends meet, on just National Assistance.

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And now the courts are saying I have to pay back my debts in instalments.

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Would it help if I went through your bank account with you?

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I haven't got a bank account. My husband wouldn't give me permission.

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Hello, Marnie, sweetheart.

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Hello, Dot.

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-You her vicar?

-Curate, yes.

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I'm her cousin.

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She asked me to be godmother to this little love, but I declined.

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Don't believe in God, or in the devil.

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Come here!

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Got pink icing all over your face.

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Looks like lipstick put on wrong.

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Hankie. Never go without one.

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Our grandma would be proud.

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There, that's better, isn't it?

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Anyway, it's really Master Kevin I've come to see today.

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Cos he's the birthday boy!

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Shall I unwrap it?

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-It's a cap gun.

-Dot!

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I'm not celebrating Kevin's birthday today.

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I can't afford to buy him anything,

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and he's too little to know any better!

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-Is it that bad?

-Yes, it is.

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Begging your pardon, Reverend,

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but Marnie knows me and my Eugene would bend over backwards to help.

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Dot! I don't want the kind of help you and Eugene are offering,

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do you hear me? I don't want it.

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But you need it, Marnie. You need all the help you can get.

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Go! Just go, Dot. Get out of my flat, and just leave us all alone.

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As it happens,

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internal examination has given me confidence

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in a diagnosis of incompetent cervix.

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What does that mean?

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It means there's a reason why you keep losing all these babies.

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The neck of the womb lacks the muscularity it needs

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to hold everything in place.

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Nurse, are you able to recall the name for the treatment for this?

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Cervical cerclage, sir? Often referred to as a Shirodkar Suture.

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It's a stitch put into the cervix following threatened

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spontaneous abortion, usually removed in the 36th week

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to allow for natural labour and delivery.

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"Though she be but little, she is fierce!"

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Could you do that for me?

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I'm prepared to give it my consideration.

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LOUD TOOT

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LOUDER TOOT

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EVEN LOUDER TOOT, BABY CRIES

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I think this one will suffice.

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I should like the Scouting Association discount, please.

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Trixie chose the magazines.

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Nurse Crane sent barley sugars.

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I...I just spoke to the Sister.

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She told me you had a setback.

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It wasn't a very heavy loss.

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Enough to suggest the baby may no longer be alive

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but not enough to know for certain.

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Do you want to know for certain?

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If I did...

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we may have to stop hoping.

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And we were without hope of any kind for years.

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We were happy enough before

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and we will be happy again, whatever happens.

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-We will, won't we?

-Yes.

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Good news, Marnie!

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I've persuaded the council nursery to find afternoon places

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for Kevin and Mandy for the next six weeks.

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That came this morning.

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From the landlord.

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The rent man's been knocking on the door for weeks,

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and I just haven't answered.

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"Notice To Quit"?

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I didn't read on after that.

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I didn't dare.

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How long have I got?

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Two weeks.

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I thought Tatler was supposed to be a gossip mag.

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It's not gossip if you've never heard of any of the people.

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Mind you, you can't fault the soft furnishings in it,

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there's some magnificent pelmets.

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Any time you fancy swapping pelmets

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for "20 Exciting Things To Do With Liver" you're more than welcome.

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Every time those doors swing open, I look to see if it's that specialist,

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coming to tell me he'll do that operation.

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Still,

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at least there's no chance of us missing these babies moving,

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when we're lying here, nailed to the bed.

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I haven't felt mine move at all yet.

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I wouldn't expect to - it's too soon.

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It's too soon to hear a heartbeat either,

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-even if there's one there to be heard.

-Just you wait.

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If they let you listen through the stethoscope, it sounds like

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a horse coming in over the finish line in a 3:15.

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It must be a magical thing when it's your own baby.

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What does it feel like when it starts to move?

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It's not like kicking.

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Well, maybe it feels like kicking later on, but I wouldn't know.

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You know what it does feel like, at six months, where I am now?

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Like a goldfish.

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Yeah, like a little goldfish,

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nudging the side of his bowl with his little fins.

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"I'm in here, Mum!"

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You'll be feeling it yourself soon. I know you will.

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And yours will have its boots on, kicking up a storm.

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Excuse me, lovely.

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Hello, Marnie. This is a surprise.

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I'm sorry. I shouldn't have shouted.

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You don't mind us coming here, do ya?

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It's just that I remembered it was early closing at the beauty parlour.

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Ring the bell. Go on.

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MUSICAL DOORBELL

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There's a choice of two tunes, just flick a little switch.

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Dot...

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I've come to talk to you about your offer.

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I wish Eugene was here. He's at his salon, seeing a supplier.

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Sugar?

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One and a bit.

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-It's lumps. You have to have one or two.

-Dot.

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Does Eugene know?

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About your offer?

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Yes.

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He never wanted to adopt...

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when we realised I was barren.

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He said he wanted his own flesh and blood or nothing.

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And I put it to him...

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that your little one was the next best thing.

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He knows I asked you.

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And he knows you said no.

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Well, as I said,

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I'm saying yes now.

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You can take it - as soon as it's born.

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We'll give it everything, Marnie.

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-It'll be the child we never had.

-It'll be the child you do have, Dot.

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It'll be yours.

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The Midwives Chronicle's arrived, Sister. The advertisement's in.

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It feels rather exciting, really.

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As though we've launched our little ship on a new adventure.

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I can't shake off the feeling that this new person -

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whoever she may be - is really a replacement for Sister Mary Cynthia.

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Who could fill her shoes?

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She is a very particular and gentle spirit,

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and I suspect I miss her at least as much as you do.

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Then why aren't we trying to find her?

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Well, cos she isn't lost.

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She was very unwell when she was returned to the Mother House,

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and since you reported that she was not there, Mother Jesu Emmanuel

0:20:220:20:26

informed me that she has been sent to a place of greater safety.

0:20:260:20:30

Sister Mary Cynthia is a person, not a parcel.

0:20:300:20:32

She shouldn't be "returned" or "sent" anywhere.

0:20:320:20:35

She should be acting of her own free will.

0:20:350:20:38

She was in no fit state to do so.

0:20:380:20:41

If you had seen her, you would believe me when I say that.

0:20:410:20:44

I don't disbelieve you. I just need to know she's all right.

0:20:440:20:48

Until Sister Mary Cynthia is well enough to choose

0:20:480:20:51

to make contact with us herself, we must treat her with the respect

0:20:510:20:55

we would show to anyone else who isn't well.

0:20:550:20:59

Especially if the illness is a mental one.

0:20:590:21:02

Mrs Wallace?

0:21:080:21:09

I've sorted everything out.

0:21:130:21:15

I'd be pleased...

0:21:150:21:17

if you weren't crying as you said that.

0:21:170:21:20

What you playing at, Fred Buckle?

0:21:330:21:35

I thought of the perfect way to get everybody down the new playground,

0:21:350:21:39

on the day of the opening.

0:21:390:21:40

"Spectacular Chariot Race

0:21:400:21:43

"From Market Cross to Reservoir Rec.

0:21:430:21:46

"Prams, carts, wheelbarrows.

0:21:460:21:48

"No conveyance too humble or too grand!"

0:21:480:21:51

Is that what all this is, then?

0:21:510:21:53

Yeah, well...it's to give people ideas. Look!

0:21:530:21:57

Look.

0:21:570:21:58

"Bigger than Ben Hur!"

0:21:580:22:01

I'd better start stocking Roman helmets, then.

0:22:010:22:03

I've never come across a case quite like it.

0:22:070:22:10

Mrs Wallace has made up her mind,

0:22:100:22:12

and seems to believe that God approves of her actions.

0:22:120:22:15

If I may venture an observation,

0:22:150:22:18

when people seek the approval of the Almighty, it is generally because

0:22:180:22:23

they fear they will not get it.

0:22:230:22:25

Sister, you know as well as I do that many poor women have given

0:22:250:22:28

children they cannot feed to relatives better placed to do so.

0:22:280:22:32

And we have never condemned them.

0:22:320:22:34

It happens with slightly older children. But I can't remember

0:22:340:22:37

it ever happening with such a new-born.

0:22:370:22:39

Nurse Franklin, we look after mothers giving new-borns

0:22:390:22:42

-up for adoption every week.

-And not many of them would

0:22:420:22:45

if society gave them much choice in the matter.

0:22:450:22:47

I've mopped up more tears and dried up more milk supplies

0:22:470:22:50

than you can shake a stick at.

0:22:500:22:53

Adoption is always a very delicate and complicated issue.

0:22:530:22:57

I was adopted myself, when I was two months old.

0:22:580:23:01

Well, I'm sure that will make you much more sensitive

0:23:040:23:08

-to Mrs Wallace's situation.

-I hope so.

0:23:080:23:11

I don't know what happened when I was born.

0:23:110:23:14

But my adoptive parents were wonderful,

0:23:140:23:16

and I've never doubted that my mother did her best for me.

0:23:160:23:19

And we'll do our best for this poor mother.

0:23:190:23:22

Every care taken and no questions asked.

0:23:220:23:25

I know that landlord.

0:23:300:23:32

He terrorised me and Dot when we were first married.

0:23:330:23:36

Gives me quite a thrill,

0:23:360:23:38

writing him a cheque with my gold-nibbed fountain pen.

0:23:380:23:41

You remind me of that nursery rhyme,

0:23:410:23:44

"The king was in his counting house."

0:23:440:23:46

I shall have to brush up on my nursery rhymes.

0:23:460:23:49

It'll be all hands on deck in a minute.

0:23:510:23:53

I called in at the furniture shop, they're delivering a nice roll

0:23:530:23:55

of lino and a brand-new mattress as we speak.

0:23:550:23:58

The van's pulling up already.

0:23:580:24:00

I don't need a new mattress, Dot.

0:24:000:24:02

Marnie, the one you've got sags in the middle

0:24:020:24:05

like Old Nick's hammock!

0:24:050:24:07

I still wish you were coming to have the baby at our house.

0:24:070:24:10

But this is your home.

0:24:110:24:14

And whatever you want, you can have.

0:24:140:24:18

You can even have a say in naming it.

0:24:180:24:20

No.

0:24:200:24:22

It'll be your baby.

0:24:220:24:23

I like Andrew for a boy.

0:24:250:24:27

Same as Prince Andrew.

0:24:270:24:30

And something ending in A for a girl.

0:24:300:24:33

I think it's starting. I was sick with Kevin and with Mandy.

0:24:380:24:43

Do you want me to ring Nonnatus House?

0:24:430:24:45

And skip, skip, step to the side,

0:24:520:24:55

skip, skip, step to the side.

0:24:550:24:57

And if you bump into somebody, just keep going.

0:24:570:24:59

KIDS YELL

0:24:590:25:01

WHISTLE TOOTS

0:25:040:25:06

Pack, alert!

0:25:060:25:08

I thought you were coming earlier, Nurse Crane.

0:25:090:25:12

We were delayed.

0:25:120:25:14

I thought it best to spend some time

0:25:140:25:16

revising basic commands and responses.

0:25:160:25:19

I had an aunt with half a dozen Sheltie pups,

0:25:190:25:22

she took a similar tack with them.

0:25:220:25:24

Well, you've still to convince me that mixing the sexes up

0:25:240:25:27

around the maypole will work.

0:25:270:25:28

Pack, at ease.

0:25:310:25:33

I've just found a blackcurrant jelly and a tin of evap on the step.

0:25:370:25:41

Another kindly patient must've put them there after Mrs Penny left.

0:25:410:25:45

She says there's a hotpot in the oven,

0:25:450:25:47

and she's coming back later, for Angela's bedtime.

0:25:470:25:49

-No prizes for guessing what's for pudding!

-Dad.

0:25:490:25:54

You don't have to pretend to be jolly all the time.

0:25:540:25:57

You don't have to pretend that nothing's happening.

0:25:570:26:00

With your next pain, I want you to push with all your strength.

0:26:000:26:03

Really show me what you can do.

0:26:030:26:05

SHE GROANS

0:26:050:26:09

No noise, Marnie. Save your energy for that push.

0:26:090:26:13

Help! Help!

0:26:130:26:15

SHE WHIMPERS AND GROANS

0:26:150:26:18

It's like it doesn't want to be born, Nurse.

0:26:220:26:25

All right, sweetie.

0:26:250:26:26

We're going to get you some help.

0:26:260:26:28

Dot, could you telephone Poplar 491,

0:26:300:26:34

and say Doctor Turner and another midwife are needed at this address

0:26:340:26:37

for an assisted delivery?

0:26:370:26:38

-Will you be all right on your own?

-Absolutely we will.

0:26:380:26:41

Dad, I know it makes sense to shield Angela

0:26:480:26:51

but it doesn't make sense to shield me.

0:26:510:26:53

I'm sorry, Tim.

0:26:550:26:56

But we're just marking time and waiting.

0:26:570:27:01

For all we know, there might not be anything to shield you from.

0:27:010:27:04

Have you done your homework?

0:27:060:27:07

I do it every night when you're at the hospital.

0:27:070:27:10

Maybe when I'm 18 we can go to the pub and have

0:27:110:27:14

-a proper conversation.

-Go to the pub?

0:27:140:27:16

That's where men go to talk, isn't it?

0:27:160:27:18

I've only got three more years to wait.

0:27:180:27:21

PHONE RINGS

0:27:210:27:23

Hello, Turner.

0:27:280:27:30

Sister Winifred.

0:27:300:27:31

I see.

0:27:320:27:34

Yes, of course, I'll be there straight away. Thank you. Goodbye.

0:27:340:27:38

I have to go out to a case, son.

0:27:410:27:43

I'm sorry.

0:27:440:27:46

How are we getting along?

0:27:500:27:52

Baby seems to be in a good anterior position, but Mrs Wallace

0:27:520:27:55

has been in the second stage for a couple of hours without progress.

0:27:550:27:58

-She's very tired.

-I'll examine her.

0:27:580:28:00

But let's prepare for forceps.

0:28:010:28:04

Good evening, Master Turner. What are you doing here?

0:28:210:28:25

I think a policeman would describe me as loitering with intent.

0:28:250:28:28

Mum won't have any visitors if I don't go in

0:28:280:28:31

-but no-one under 16 is allowed.

-Well, no-one's been asked to show

0:28:310:28:34

their birth certificate while I've been here.

0:28:340:28:36

Now, once we're all set, I'll need you to push with each contraction.

0:28:390:28:44

I'm tired of pushing.

0:28:440:28:46

But the difference now, Marnie, is that you'll be pushing,

0:28:460:28:48

and Doctor will be pulling.

0:28:480:28:50

You'll have your baby in your arms before you know it.

0:28:500:28:52

You can push with the next one, Marnie. Save your strength.

0:28:520:28:55

First blade.

0:28:550:28:57

And the second.

0:28:580:28:59

Contraction.

0:29:010:29:04

Deep breath and push!

0:29:040:29:06

Push, Marnie, push!

0:29:060:29:09

-Come on! Come on, girl.

-You can do it!

0:29:110:29:14

-And again.

-You're doing so, so well, Marnie.

0:29:170:29:19

-Head's on the way!

-Nearly there!

0:29:240:29:26

Push now!

0:29:360:29:38

-Keep it coming, Marnie! Keep it coming!

-Good girl!

0:29:380:29:42

That's it! That's it!

0:29:420:29:45

That's it!

0:29:450:29:47

BABY CRIES

0:29:470:29:49

Well done.

0:29:490:29:50

Well done, Marnie.

0:29:500:29:52

It's a boy.

0:29:580:29:59

Did you hear that?

0:30:050:30:08

Thank you.

0:30:080:30:09

Thank you.

0:30:100:30:12

He's a man, he doesn't find it easy to talk about his feelings.

0:30:160:30:19

But he's also a doctor.

0:30:190:30:21

You'd think he'd find it easier to talk about this than most men.

0:30:210:30:24

Timothy, does it not occur to you

0:30:240:30:26

that that's why he can't discuss things?

0:30:260:30:29

He knows what could happen. And so do I.

0:30:290:30:32

He's going to look like a prize fighter by tomorrow.

0:30:350:30:38

I predict at least one black eye and very possibly two.

0:30:380:30:43

I'm sorry, soldier.

0:30:430:30:45

Time for a little someone's wash and brush up!

0:30:450:30:49

Let's introduce him to his mother first.

0:30:490:30:51

Give him to Dot.

0:30:550:30:57

Give him to her.

0:31:010:31:02

Oh, look at you.

0:31:130:31:15

Look at you, looking at me, as if to say,

0:31:160:31:21

"How did I get here?"

0:31:210:31:23

It's been ever such a long, long journey.

0:31:250:31:28

But you're here now.

0:31:280:31:30

Sshhh.

0:31:320:31:34

What's happening?

0:31:410:31:43

I'm putting this Nil-By-Mouth sign over your bed, Mrs Venables,

0:31:430:31:46

because in the morning you're going to be having an operation.

0:31:460:31:48

Are they going to put that stitch in?

0:31:480:31:50

Mr Kenley has decided you're a prime candidate

0:31:500:31:52

for cervical cerclage.

0:31:520:31:54

Nurse Busby will pop by in a few minutes to help you to prepare.

0:31:540:31:58

Hello, son. Mrs Penny's gone.

0:32:050:32:09

She told me where you were headed.

0:32:090:32:11

Thank you.

0:32:120:32:14

I thought you might be angry.

0:32:140:32:15

Some rules are worth breaking.

0:32:160:32:19

Others, you are going to have to stick to for a while.

0:32:190:32:23

Like not going to the pub.

0:32:230:32:25

-Beer?

-To be precise, two bottles of Pale Ale

0:32:250:32:28

and a packet of pork scratchings.

0:32:280:32:32

Are you going to stay with them tonight?

0:32:370:32:39

Absolutely.

0:32:390:32:41

Marnie's had quite a rough time,

0:32:410:32:43

and baby might be grisly because of his sore head.

0:32:430:32:47

I have to go home and tell my husband.

0:32:480:32:51

We'll come back to get the baby in the morning, in the car.

0:32:530:32:57

We can bring his carrycot.

0:32:580:33:01

All his lovely new clothes.

0:33:010:33:03

We'll be a family from the off, then.

0:33:060:33:08

Poor sweet.

0:33:100:33:11

Are you sure you don't want to see baby?

0:33:150:33:18

Sister Winifred's about to give him a bottle,

0:33:180:33:20

but I could bring him in here just so you could have a peep.

0:33:200:33:23

I want him christened.

0:33:240:33:26

As soon as possible.

0:33:260:33:28

Baby's not in any danger, Marnie. He's just a little bruised.

0:33:280:33:31

You'd feel reassured if you just took a look at him.

0:33:310:33:34

You could give him his bottle yourself, if you'd like to?

0:33:350:33:38

I just want him christened.

0:33:380:33:41

First thing in the morning.

0:33:410:33:43

Dad, that was miles off bull's-eye.

0:33:470:33:49

Dad, thanks - for this.

0:34:010:34:05

Tim...

0:34:050:34:07

whatever happens with this baby,

0:34:070:34:10

family life won't change.

0:34:100:34:12

But I'll change.

0:34:120:34:14

You've been changing for 15 years.

0:34:140:34:17

And I love you just the same.

0:34:170:34:19

Nurse!

0:34:310:34:33

Nurse!

0:34:330:34:35

Something's happening!

0:34:350:34:36

Stay where you are, Mrs Venables!

0:34:360:34:38

No! No! I'm supposed to be having my operation this morning!

0:34:380:34:41

-Is something wrong?

-I think she's in labour.

0:34:410:34:44

Not again, not again.

0:34:440:34:47

Make it stop! Make it stop!

0:34:470:34:51

Make it stop! Please!

0:34:510:34:54

In the name of God...

0:34:570:35:00

the Father, the Son

0:35:000:35:03

and the Holy Spirit.

0:35:030:35:05

-Amen.

-Amen.

0:35:060:35:09

Marnie, I'm going to say the godparent's responses.

0:35:100:35:14

But it is usual for the mother to hold her baby until that point.

0:35:140:35:18

There you go. Sh...

0:35:310:35:33

Please don't think I don't love him, Mr Hereward.

0:35:360:35:40

I've never doubted that for a single moment.

0:35:400:35:42

You only have to be brave a little bit longer.

0:35:460:35:49

It'll be over very quickly.

0:35:490:35:51

I don't want it to be over!

0:35:510:35:53

-Lean into me, Gloria. Do as Sister says.

-I don't want to push!

0:35:530:35:56

SHE GROANS AND SOBS

0:35:560:36:02

-Good girl.

-No...

0:36:020:36:04

Name this child.

0:36:070:36:09

Andrew...?

0:36:110:36:13

Andrew Thomas.

0:36:150:36:18

After the reverend.

0:36:180:36:19

Andrew Thomas,

0:36:290:36:31

I baptise thee in the name of the Father,

0:36:310:36:34

and of the Son,

0:36:340:36:36

and of the Holy Ghost.

0:36:360:36:38

Amen.

0:36:400:36:41

Amen.

0:36:420:36:44

Good girl.

0:36:500:36:52

Soon this will all be over.

0:36:540:36:56

And there'll be no more pain.

0:36:590:37:01

-Is it alive?

-No.

0:37:190:37:22

No, dear.

0:37:220:37:24

I'm sorry.

0:37:250:37:27

You see to this, Nurse.

0:37:310:37:33

Mrs Venables and I can manage on our own now.

0:37:360:37:39

Noooo!

0:37:440:37:46

I'll pop to the kitchen and prepare a bottle for Master Andrew.

0:37:490:37:52

Unless you want to try feeding him yourself?

0:37:540:37:57

I don't want him messed about.

0:37:590:38:01

Of course.

0:38:010:38:03

Morning.

0:38:030:38:04

Is something wrong?

0:38:060:38:07

No. Marnie just wanted the baby to be baptised.

0:38:070:38:12

I don't believe in any of that.

0:38:120:38:14

That's why I did it.

0:38:140:38:16

He's called Andrew Thomas.

0:38:180:38:21

You can take him now.

0:38:280:38:30

What will happen to my baby?

0:38:370:38:39

Don't you worry about that now.

0:38:390:38:41

You leave that to us - that's what we're here for.

0:38:410:38:44

-No, I wanted to see it!

-I know.

0:38:440:38:47

But it wouldn't be wise.

0:38:480:38:50

You can cry if you want to.

0:38:570:38:59

There will be better days than this.

0:39:010:39:03

If these are the best interview candidates the Midwives Chronicle

0:39:160:39:19

can deliver to our door, I have to say I fear for our profession.

0:39:190:39:23

Is there anyone on the list you feel we really shouldn't see?

0:39:230:39:27

Mantlewood, Geoffrey Arnold rather leaps off the page.

0:39:270:39:30

Yes. He would appear to be a man.

0:39:300:39:33

But he's highly qualified as a district nurse.

0:39:330:39:36

Sister Julienne, more than half of our work is midwifery.

0:39:360:39:40

A field in which men are not currently

0:39:400:39:42

permitted to train or qualify.

0:39:420:39:44

I would also like to draw your attention to Gretchen Elise Fruman,

0:39:450:39:51

who appears to spring from somewhere called Vermillion, South Dakota.

0:39:510:39:56

I thought an American would be a breath of fresh air.

0:39:560:39:59

So no Americans.

0:40:000:40:02

And no men.

0:40:020:40:04

All the bottles and powdered milk are packed and in the car.

0:40:080:40:13

So, looks like we're ready for the off.

0:40:150:40:18

Come on, then, little lad.

0:40:200:40:22

Your carriage awaits.

0:40:220:40:24

Wait.

0:40:360:40:37

He can't go without an 'ankie.

0:40:450:40:46

Give it to him.

0:40:500:40:51

Take this from your mother, Andrew.

0:40:590:41:01

And may God's love go with you always.

0:41:040:41:07

CRYING INSIDE

0:41:230:41:26

Did I do the right thing, Mr Hereward?

0:41:300:41:33

Tell me honestly, did I do the right thing?

0:41:330:41:35

I'm not even going to answer that question, Marnie.

0:41:350:41:38

Because you did the only thing you could.

0:41:380:41:41

Thank you for being so kind to me.

0:41:410:41:43

It must've been quite hard.

0:41:450:41:47

It wasn't hard at all.

0:41:470:41:50

Have you been in this situation before?

0:41:500:41:52

I've been in this situation once.

0:41:540:41:56

Is there anything else I can do for you before I go?

0:42:010:42:06

I want to get rid of the pram.

0:42:070:42:09

Kevin's not a baby any more.

0:42:090:42:11

I was only pushing him round in it to keep it warm for...

0:42:110:42:14

..the next one.

0:42:160:42:18

Now I need someone to take it away.

0:42:200:42:22

Tom? How did it go?

0:42:320:42:35

He's gone.

0:42:350:42:37

Tom...this isn't your story.

0:42:380:42:42

You've always said you couldn't've had a happier childhood,

0:42:420:42:45

or a better life.

0:42:450:42:47

That was before I witnessed a woman giving up her child.

0:42:480:42:52

Before I was in the room watching her crying.

0:42:520:42:55

What about her story?

0:42:550:42:57

I'm sorry.

0:42:570:42:58

There are no photographs of me as a child.

0:43:010:43:03

I didn't think I minded.

0:43:050:43:07

But now I've seen one.

0:43:090:43:11

And I do.

0:43:110:43:13

If Dr Turner was a Girl Guide,

0:43:190:43:21

he'd get his Needlework Badge for those stitches.

0:43:210:43:24

But you really are going to have to stay in bed

0:43:240:43:27

or you might tear again.

0:43:270:43:28

We could transfer you to the maternity home or hospital,

0:43:280:43:31

you could have a proper rest, away from your children.

0:43:310:43:34

Why would I want to be away from my children?

0:43:340:43:37

-Can they come in now?

-Of course.

0:43:390:43:42

MUSIC: Please Let It Be Me by The Fashions

0:43:460:43:50

-# I love you so

-I love you so

0:43:500:43:54

# But you used to play around

0:43:540:43:58

# I'll let her know

0:43:580:44:02

# If you're king of town

0:44:020:44:07

# The nights when we're apart

0:44:070:44:12

# You were in your heart

0:44:120:44:15

# Please let it be me

0:44:150:44:19

# Please let it be me

0:44:190:44:24

-# One night

-One night

0:44:240:44:26

-# One night you're mine

-One night you're mine

0:44:260:44:28

-# And you say you're true

-When you say you're true

0:44:280:44:32

# And then

0:44:320:44:34

# Then I find

0:44:340:44:37

-# You're with someone new

-Someone new

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# Whose heart will you break?

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# Whose love

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# Will you take?

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# Please let it be me

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# Please let it be me... #

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I thought I'd escort that last one to the door.

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I'm quite sure she realised that she'd been unsuccessful.

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She was trilling like Tweetie Pie

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all the way to the bottom of the stairs.

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Today's layer cake assumes the form

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of coffee and walnut sponge.

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Since the maker's hand moved freely with the flavourings,

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I consumed my portion earlier,

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lest it render me wakeful tonight.

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Thank you, Sister. Do pour us all a cup of tea.

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Nurse Crane, most of our new recruits

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-are like fish out of water to begin with.

-Yes.

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And whole weeks get wasted while they flap around gasping for air.

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We need someone who can roll their sleeves up,

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and not collapse when they see an East End privy.

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None would disagree who have toiled in these environs.

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The trouble is nursing treats young working class girls

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the way the world treats women.

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They're all over them when there's a war on.

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Afterwards, nobody wants to know.

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Thank you.

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THUNDER AND RAIN OUTSIDE

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Shelagh? Shelagh?

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You must've seen babies that lived as long as mine did.

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Yes.

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Do they have fingers and toes?

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Yes, they do.

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I feel stupid asking but when I ask the nurses,

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it's like it wouldn't do me any good to know.

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And it does do me good.

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I'm glad.

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They say my milk will come in tomorrow.

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Then they'll have to dry it up using Epsom salts.

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That is what's usually advised.

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You'd think your body would know better than to make milk

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for a baby who could never live, wouldn't you?

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Yes.

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Hello, Mr Spenlow. Have you been to see Marnie?

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Not yet. Dot's been having thoughts.

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About the way ahead, and how we ought to proceed. Can I come in?

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What do they mean, "a private adoption"?

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It's when a baby is handed directly by the mother

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to the adoptive parents,

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rather than going through a charity or an agency.

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But that's what we're already doing, isn't it?

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A formal private adoption would involve paperwork.

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And it would be legally binding.

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Does that mean I couldn't change my mind?

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I'm afraid it does, Marnie.

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Is this what is known as a "lady's glass"?

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Yes, it is.

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It practically had cobwebs on.

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I did dust it.

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You strike me as a young woman of very high standards.

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That's what the Army does for you. And nursing.

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Being an Army Nurse makes you twice as particular.

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Miss Dyer, why did you resign from military service?

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It was all so...

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efficient, in a way that wasn't always good.

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Plenty of curing. Not quite so much caring.

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I thought I'd be bored by now.

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But it's as if going away made me look at Poplar through fresh eyes.

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Even on the day of that explosion, I didn't want to be anywhere else.

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It was the way people pulled together.

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It was the way you cared that caught my eye.

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And why I thought you might be interested in my offer.

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Miss Dyer, all you have to do

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is write and apply formally.

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I appreciate I've rather put you on the spot.

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By all means take some time to think about it.

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Oh, I don't need any time to think about it, Sister.

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I'll be applying today.

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Marnie. You shouldn't be out of doors.

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I wanted one bit of paperwork that I could call my own.

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So I went down to the Town Hall and I registered the baby.

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And when I signed it...

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I knew I wanted him.

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I'm so sorry, Gloria.

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I've got this idea in my head

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that next year, or the year after,

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it'll be a lovely sunny day,

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and I'll be down Chrisp Street Market, pushing a pram.

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And somewhere near the flower stall, I'll look up and I'll see you...

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pushing a pram.

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And we'll smile,

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and we'll pass the time of day.

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That would be lovely, wouldn't it?

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I knew.

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I knew as soon as I heard that tune on the ruddy doorbell.

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You always had a way of pressing doorbells really hard

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when we was kids, playing Ring The Bell And Run Away.

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Except you're not going to run away this time, are ya?

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Marnie knows what she wants, Dot.

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Oh, well! We'll have to hand him straight over then, won't we?

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Marnie is Andrew's mother, Dot.

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But what's she got to give him?

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And please don't say love.

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I'm so full of love for him, it's... it's spilling out of me like water.

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And it's spilling out of me like milk.

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Somebody take him!

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BABY CRIES

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Thank you for looking after him.

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Oh, he'll need his hankie.

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You keep it, Dot.

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I'm sorry.

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We're going to listen for baby's heartbeat today, Mrs Turner.

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Now?

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I wanted a particular doctor...

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and he has a very busy schedule.

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STRONG HEARTBEAT

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Shelagh.

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Afternoon, Mr Spenlow.

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Reverend.

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Has this been made redundant?

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Well, we bought all this stuff for the little fella.

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And we want him to have it.

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Some of this is my fault.

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I said I wouldn't adopt from an orphanage.

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Didn't want a stranger's child.

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You live and learn, don't you?

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Mr Spenlow, I can introduce you to someone from an adoption agency.

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When the time is right.

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Well, when Dot's stopped crying.

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-One for you.

-Thanks, Danny. Drinks on the house if I've won the pools!

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During the summer of 1962

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there was joy in the sunlit streets

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around Nonnatus House.

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The opening of the recreation ground

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restored something to the soul of the district.

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People were given a place to gather,

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room to play, a space to share.

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Sometimes the heart desires such very simple things.

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The heart holds within it

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all that is most precious,

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all that we must protect.

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Ready...steady...

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But it is also braver and bolder,

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more resilient than we realise.

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If we wound it, it will heal.

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And if it breaks, it learns to beat again.

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One of the great doctors of the Roman Empire once described

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the heart as "a source and hearthstone of the inborn heat

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"by which we are all governed. "It is," he wrote,

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"Made of hard flesh not easily injured.

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"In vigour, tension, general strength and resistance to injury,

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"the fibres of this organ far surpass all others,

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"for no other instrument performs such continuous,

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"hard work as the heart."

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Nurse Dyer. Welcome to Nonnatus House.

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Why have you brought him here?

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He's simple. He needs proper care.

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Together we're going to save the borough's teeth.

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I must get back to Sister Winifred.

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She'll be thinking Nurse Franklin's run me out of town.

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We must instruct our troops!

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An innocent is in danger!

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An expectant mother with financial struggles enters into a painful arrangement with her cousin. As Tom provides pastoral care, he reveals why this case touched him more than most.