Call The Midwife fans call last night’s episode the saddest ever

Naomi Gordon
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From Good Housekeeping

Call the Midwife fans were left distraught after last night's devastating storyline which featured a baby being born with congenital rubella syndrome.

In episode six last night, Maureen's newborn baby boy Warren tragically passed away shortly after his birth as a result of the rare condition.

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As seen in the BBC One drama, congenital rubella syndrome causes a number of symptoms including eye abnormalities, hearing impairment and congenital heart disease.

German measles is another name for the viral infection rubella, and a baby can only be born with congenital rubella syndrome if their mother contracts German measles during pregnancy. As the symptoms can be mild, Maureen didn't realise she had caught it during her pregnancy.

Fans of the show praised the show for its sensitive handling of child bereavement and highlighting the importance of the MMR vaccination.

Viewers were also moved by the poignant scene featuring Dr Turner (Stephen McGann) crying privately in his car after the tragic death.

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One viewer tweeted: "I have tears rolling down my face at the end. Such a good episode, uplifting at the end but with a very important message."

"Sobbing at #callthemidwife, I knew it was coming, I wasn't prepared. If you ever considered not vaccinating your children, then please watch tonights episode," another fan added.

Call The Midwife airs Sundays at 8pm on BBC One.

Find advice and support related to child bereavement here on the Tommy's website.

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