All of the babies are wanted. Even the prostitute mother wants her baby.
The point is, there is never a scene where a mother asks the nurse how to miscarry. Or how to prevent further pregnancies. Or asks to put the baby up for adoption. Every time a baby appears, everyone is happy as a clam, even the white guy whose baby comes out black. He pretends he doesn't even know it's not his kid. And in real life, why wouldn't the wife simply tell the husband and midwives before the baby was born that that she was raped by a black man but was ashamed to go to the police because she didn't want to go to court? It was only a one night stand. Nobody knew she'd gotten drunk and banged a black guy once. I mean, how about a little bit of realism? She wouldn't keep quiet, pop out a black kid and go, "Well, there was this one time here in 1950s low class London that I got shitfaced and fucked a black guy. Waddaya gonna do. Ya know?"
It's not a question of there being deaths. It's a question of every person in this piss-poor part of overcrowded London being thrilled with babies all the time. The virtual hounding of the red haired girl and her family into taking the baby home was bizarre. It was like, "You MUST take this child! Look how cute it is! Never mind its shocking that your child dumped it on our doorstep in an effort to keep the pregnancy hidden and now everybody will know it. IT'S HER CHILD, she needs it!"
I'm so sick of babies being the new black. Celebrity baby bumps, celebrity children, celebrity children's books, baby names being trademarked, parents behaving as if having a child is the summa cum laude of life. Anti abortionists making everyone believe that every baby is a miracle that will have a magical life of happiness.
Babies have been happening since the beginning of time. In 1950s slums, women were often trapped, raped, at the mercy of men, the courts, the medical system.... This show never touches on what it was like to be poor and have too many children, children with illnesses, birth defects, mental retardation or not enough money (because mom can't work.. She's always pregnant or nursing).
It's telling that there were 100 births a month in one neighborhood pre-Pill and fewer than 20 a month after the Pill. That tells the real story of 1950s childbirth in the East End. It made women so miserable that they put a stop to 80% of it as soon as they were allowed.
I'd like to see this show admit that not everyone wants a baby even though they're pregnant or even though theyve had the baby and it would make life ridiculously difficult to keep it. It's insanely saccharine on this point. Most prostitutes and unmarried teenaged girls were glad to give their babies away. Most women wanted to control their gestational destiny, especially in poverty-stricken areas in the 1950s.