Call the Midwife is not just one of the UK’s best-loved TV series, it is also known for dealing with some very difficult medical issues.
In recent series, storyline subjects have included the terrible impact of thalidomide on families, and the impact that a prolapsed uterus can have on a woman’s life.
One character was left with incontinence problems because of a prolapsed womb following childbirth, and was unable to take part in exercise because of it. The character feels shame and embarrassment, and admits she’s tried to solve the problem herself. She was totally unaware of the medical help available to her.
The BBC series starring Jenny Agutter, Pam Ferris, and Helen George, also showed how a uterine prolapse might be caused when a character helping someone else give birth deals incorrectly with the placenta. All of this was screened at prime time, meaning millions of UK women saw it, and it got many women talking about the issues surrounding prolapses on social media.
Of course, Call the Midwife is set at the end of the 1950s, and things have changed radically since then. So many more medical options are now available for women. Yet, many still don’t fully understand them, feel too embarrassed to ask about surgical options, and fear they will simply have to learn to live with a prolapse.
Call the Midwife is performing an important service by getting women talking about uterine prolapses, reducing that stigma, and helping women to seek treatment which will transform their lives.
Some women, especially older ones, have been dealing with the debilitating health problems caused by prolapses for years. If you’ve been suffering in silence, we’re here to help you in any way we can. We’d also urge you to contact your GP, talk to your family members, and examine what your medical options are.
Our surgeon, Mr Jonathan Broome, has performed more than 1,000 successful procedures to correct prolapses, and his treatment has led to women being able to have a normal, active life again after months or years of worrying about stress incontinence, and dealing with pelvic pain.