Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The made-for-cable feature Midwives was based on the Oprah Book Club selection by Christopher A. Bohjalian. Set in the 1980s, the films stars Sissy Spacek as Sibyl Danforth, a midwife in the town of Reddington, VT. Already under fire for pursuing an obsolete profession, Sibyl finds herself on trial for the murder of one of her patients. The husband of the dead woman refuses to believe that Sibyl performed an emergency C-section only after concluding that the woman had already died of a stroke; he is determined to put Sibyl behind bars for involuntary manslaughter, and by extension virtually eliminate the position of midwife from the community. The story is told from the viewpoint of Sibyl's 14-year-old daughter, Connie (Alison Pill), who in the course of the trial, realizes how much she truly loves her mother, and how important Sibyl's calling is to the world. Also in the cast is Sissy Spacek's Carrie co-star Piper Laurie as Sibyl's midwife mentor, Cheryl Visco. Midwives made its Lifetime Network debut on April 2, 2001.