Call the Midwife: Show Recap & Season 13 Preview

Call the Midwife: Season 13 Preview

Step into the homes of the nurses, midwives and nuns of Poplar as they navigate the intricacies of childbirth. The popular adaptation of Jennifer Worth’s best-selling memoirs, “Call the Midwife,” takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions where love, healthcare and family intertwine. This moving drama follows the loving midwives of the Nonnatus House as they develop friendships with each other and form deep connections with the mothers and families they treat.

What to Expect on Season 13


This season takes place in 1969, when the baby boom has placed an intense pressure on hospitals across the country. Poplar, however, has the situation under control thanks to the work of Nonnatus House and the increasing popularity of home births. Join the midwives as they navigate through social and health challenges within Sylheti and Nigerian communities and explore the complexity of midwifery and nursing.

Episode 1

Nonnatus House is excited that its new training program is finally underway. Sisters Julianne and Shelagh introduce midwives Rosalind and Joyce to the wonders of childbirth and home delivery.

Episode 2

Once settled in, Rosalind and Joyce are put to the test. They’re assigned to care for the pregnant Edna Bristow whose husband has just left her, days before their baby’s due date. Although taking care of Edna has been challenging, little do they know what lies ahead.

Episode 3

Violet must leave her mayoral campaign to be at Fred’s bedside as he fights for his life against tetanus. Meanwhile, Nonnatus House helps a grieving mother deal with her newborn’s hip condition and must encourage her to keep her baby.

Episode 4

The new midwives have finally reached their third month of training and could not be more excited. It is now July and Apollo 11 is set to land on the moon, so Nonnatus House sets up a viewing party for the community to commemorate this special occasion.

Episode 5

Summer is here and Violet has decided to celebrate by taking everyone to the beach. As everyone is enjoying their time by the sea, things take a turn as Lindi goes into labor and the Turners’ foster daughter goes missing amidst the chaos.

Episode 6

As summer comes to an end, the new midwives prepare to take their final exam. Meanwhile, two young boys have been found abandoned at the church and the search for their mother begins.

How to Watch Season 13

Season 13 of “Call the Midwife” is set to premiere on KAMU on Sunday, March 17 at 7 p.m. New episodes will continue to air Sunday nights at 7 p.m. and will be available on streaming from the moment they air until May 28.

Season 13 will be available for streaming on the “Call the Midwife” official site or with the PBS App on most smart TVs and all mobile devices.

Can’t wait? Passport members can stream the new season now, as each episode will be available four weeks before its scheduled air date. Starting Feb. 18 to April 7, a new episode will be available every Sunday, only on KAMU Passport.

If you’re a Passport member, start watching Episode 1 now:

Season 12 Recap

It is 1968 and the midwives are back at Nonnatus House welcoming a new nun, Sister Veronica, who is instantly loved by almost everyone. Meanwhile, tensions run high throughout Poplar following Enoch Powell’s powerful speech. This year the nurses face outbreaks and complex situations in their work and personal lives. After a tragic train crash, the town of Poplar begins to go back to normal as the holidays approach, reuniting with a festive talent show.

Catch up on the emotional Season 12 finale on the “Call the Midwife” Blog.

For even more midwife content…

Visit the “Call the Midwife” official site for an exclusive Q&A with show creator and writer, Heidi Thomas.

Read all about how “Call the Midwife” resonates with real, modern-day midwives on the Midwives Blog.

Recap and learn more about how each season was produced with episode descriptions, cast interviews, behind-the-scenes photos and more, all available on the season guide.

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