For your viewing pleasure, I recommend a show on PBS. It's a gift to us from the BBC, and the title is Call the Midwife.
The first episode begins with young nurse and newly qualified midwife Jenny Lee arriving for duty at what she thinks is a small private hospital. Instead, it's a convent.
Her first patient is a young woman preparing to give birth to her 25th child! Nurse Lee is invited to join the family for a meal, which means everyone sits at a table, spooning food out of a pot placed in the middle. It's also considered quite shocking that the patient's husband remains in the room during the birth.
This show provides a fascinating look back at 1950's London. The midwife travels on her bicycle over the cobblestone streets in all kinds of weather, dealing with tragedy and triumph brought about by love. The nuns and nurses, all midwives, deliver 80 - 100 babies every month. Keep in mind that the birth control pill was not yet available. In fact, any method of birth control was generally not available, especially to the poor. Call the Midwife is based on a memoir by a midwife, whose words are included as narration at times.
The show is on Sunday evenings. You should check your local TV listings for times. It is NOT appropriate for children, unless you want to give them a rather shocking lesson in where babies come from.
If you missed the first episode, you can watch it at http://video.pbs.org/video/2284744812.
Now, speaking of giving birth at home, do you know which U. S. President was the first to be born in a hospital?
I'll let you answer the question, and then I'll tell you if anyone is right about the president. And no fair asking Google for the answer.
Infinities of love,
P.S. Jo-Anne Meadows answered the question correctly. The first U. S. president born in a hospital was Jimmy Carter.