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It’s time to go back to Nonnatus House. A new season of Call the Midwife premieres March 29 on PBS. It’s now 1965, and some major changes are in store for the nuns and midwives as they confront issues like urban renewal, budget cuts, and the arrival of four young doctors. 

‘Call the Midwife’ premieres March 29 on PBS and the PBS app 

Call the midwife
Call the Midwife | Courtesy of BBC / Neal Street Productions

Call the Midwife Season 9 premieres Sunday, March 29 at 8/7c on PBS. But if you miss the first episode, all is not lost. You can also stream each new episode for free on the PBS app or

New episodes are available for 30 days after they first air. Availability is limited because PBS does not have extended streaming rights to the series. 

PBS Passport members get early access to ‘Call the Midwife’ 

While you will only be able to stream season 9 of Call the Midwife for a relatively short time, there is a way to get early access to new episodes. PBS Passport members can view each new episode beginning the Friday before the broadcast premiere.  

PBS Passport is a special member benefit available to those who contribute a certain amount to their local PBS station — usually a minimum of $5 a month or $60 a year. In exchange for your tax-deductible donation, you can get access to additional PBS on-demand content, which you can watch on the PBS website or via the PBS video app on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, or another supported device. On the website or app, a blue compass rose icon indicates which content is only available to members. 

You can also stream ‘Downton Abbey’ and ‘Poldark’ with Passport 

Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza
Poldark | Courtesy of Mammoth Screen

In addition to new episodes of Call the Midwife, Passport members can stream all six seasons of Downton Abbey and five seasons of Poldark, as well as shows such as Jamestown, Sanditon, Grantchester, and The Durrells in Corfu. You can also watch programs like Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., documentary series like American Experience, Nova, and Independent Lens, and vintage episodes of The French Chef with Julia Child. (If you’re looking for kids’ shows, you’ll find those on the free PBS Kids Video app or the PBS Kids website.) 

Previous seasons of ‘Call the Midwife’ are on Netflix

Because PBS doesn’t have extended streaming rights to Call the Midwife, you’ll have to look elsewhere if you need to catch up on previous seasons. Fortunately, Netflix has you covered. The streaming service has all eight previous seasons of the show. And while there’s no guarantee that season 9 will be on Netflix, usually the most recent season shows up a few months after they air in the U.S. 

Unfortunately, when it comes to season 10, fans might be in for a wait. While the BBC has renewed the series for a 10th and 11th season, production on new episodes is delayed because of the coronavirus.  

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