Call the Midwife

Spoiler alert for viewers outside the UK: this page contains plot details of Episodes 7 and 8 of Season 11 of Call the Midwife, which may not yet have been shown in your country. If you don’t like spoilers, don’t read on!

A message from Helen George

Finally, if ICP is new to you but you’re a fan of Call the Midwife, you might like to know that one of our patrons is Helen George, who plays Trixie on the show and had ICP in both of her pregnancies.

Here’s what Helen has to say in a special message recorded for ICP Support about her experience of ICP and the help she received from the charity.

ICP on Call the Midwife

Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) was the basis of Carole’s story in Episodes 7 and 8 of the latest season of Call the Midwife (available on BBC iPlayer in the UK). If you’ve come here because you’ve seen those episodes, we can provide information and support.

We’ve been given permission to post a couple of clips from these episodes:

Episode 7: Sister Frances visits Carole

Episode 8: Sister Frances finding out Carole’s diagnosis

ICP Support was consulted by the programme-makers to ensure that they accurately reflected the symptoms of ICP together with what would have been known about the condition at the time in which the episode is set – 1967. The term ‘intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy’ was just one of the terms being used by researchers around the world, and British viewers may know the condition as obstetric cholestasis (OC), although that term is being replaced by ICP, in line with worldwide usage.

Support and information

Here are links to pages on this site that will tell you more about ICP and where you can get support:

  • Our telephone support line is open (this week only) from Monday 21 February to Wednesday 23 February from 8 am to 5 pm (07939 871929) and on Thursday 24 February and Friday 25 February from 10 am to 2 pm (07709 634497)
  • Find out more about ICP, such as what causes it and how it’s diagnosed.
  • Support for you if you’ve been diagnosed with ICP.
  • Read some of the key academic research about ICP, some of which has been part-funded by ICP Support.
  • We have a specialist support group for anyone affected by stillbirth because of ICP.

Everything on this site is backed by the latest research and approved by world-leading researchers into ICP.