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Pupil Midwife Georgette Baines is one of the four pupil midwives taking part two of their midwifery training at Nonnatus House. She was portrayed by Karene Peter.

Overview[]

At the end of Series 9 the health board imposed an increased rent on Nonnatus House and decreased budget in the hopes that it would force them out of medical practice. However Nurse Trixie Franklin was able to deliver a speech that gave them an extra twelve months, to make money after that Sister Julienne attempted to ally with a private clinic that would pay generously but that clinic was found by Nurse Franklin to be doing illegal abortions and Sister Julienne terminated the partnership. Nurse Shelagh Turner suggested a training scheme for pupil midwives that would come with substantial funding for Nonnatus House.

Pupil Midwife Baines arrived with her colleagues Janice Cowan and Alison Hopkiss for their first day, they met midwife who was living in Nonnatus House Nancy Corrigan. Georgette was assigned to Nurse Shelagh Turner and went to the maternity home to assist in the delivery of a baby, Georgette was evidently one of the many Caribbean nurses who came over from the commonwealth to help with struggling NHS. She is shown to be intelligent as when Nancy Corrigan cut her off explaining a haemorrhage Georgette correctly explained it was the effect of blood loss rather than the actual amount.

When Sister Hilda went away on a refresher course the pupils’ allocations were reshuffled and Georgette was assigned to Nurse Crane, Nurse Crane also lectured them on “personal daintiness” and directed them to deodorant cream. Georgette along with her fellow pupils go to the celebration and speech for Nurse Lucille Anderson who was recently engaged.

When Nurse Franklin was giving a class Nancy Corrigan was unsympathetic to mother Cherry Watson who lived in shocking poverty with an abusive husband trying to abort her baby. All of the pupils approached the situation with a very classroom-based mind, but Trixie was sympathetic. In response Trixie wrote a letter to the times on the subject of the up-and-coming abortion reform bill and was then asked to speak on the radio. The abortion reform bill was passed a year later so unlike Trixie it was unlikely Georgette or her colleagues would have to face many if any backstreet abortions in her career.

After Trixie’s radio appearance Nancy Corrigan revealed herself to be an unmarried mother and was in danger of being kicked off the course but it was decided she could stay. During the 2021 Christmas Special Georgette and the other pupil midwives were on leave over Christmas. Between the Christmas Special and Series 11 the training scheme ended, Georgette took her final exams and likely passed and found work elsewhere as a midwife.

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