callthemidwifeCast and crew from the hit BBC TV show Call The Midwife helped close out the annual Royal College of Midwives Conference in Brighton today [14 Nov].

Clinical director Terri Coates told delegates at event entitled 'Midwives Calling' that her proudest outcome from the BAFTA-winning show was "raising the profile of midwives in Britain".

Writer Heidi Thomas added that she was pleased how the show seemed to have "reduced women's 'fears' of birth" before revealing that the show will return for a second eight-episode series on BBC1 at the end of January, following a Christmas special.

RCM chief executive Cathy Warwick joined in the praise of the show, saying "Call the Midwife has helped women-centred care on a much-wider scale".

Coates pledged that the clinical accuracy of the show would be "even higher" in the second series given the number of midwives and midwifery lecturers that had contacted her to praise the impact of the first series.

Thomas, who was also joined on stage by 'Sister Julienne' (actress Jenny Agutter) and executive producer Pippa Harris, praised star Miranda Hart who she revealed was "signed up to the show even before we were green-lighted".

The Call the Midwife cast and crew helped close off a very well received two-day conference at the Brighton Centre which also saw contributions from Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter, ITV presenter Nina Hossain and Women's Institute chair Ruth Bond. 

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Posted 14/11/2012 by richard.hook@pavpub.com