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Midwives is a 2001 American television film, starring Sissy Spacek, Peter Coyote, Terry Kinney, Alison Pill and Piper Laurie. It was directed by Glenn Jordan. The film is based in the 1997 novel Midwives written by Chris Bohjalian. It was Lifetime's 100th Original Movie and had the highest rating in the network's history.

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Directed byGlenn Jordan
Produced byGlenn Jordan
Rosalie Muskatt
Written byChris Bohjalian (Novel)
Cynthia Saunders (Teleplay)
Music byCameron Allan
CinematographyNeil Roach
Edited byDouglas Clark
David A. Simmons
Columbia TriStar Television
Craig Anderson Productions
Release date
  • April 2, 2001 (2001-04-02)
Running time
92 min.
CountryUnited States


Sibyl Danforth, a midwife in rural Vermont is wrongly accused of murder in the death of one of her patients by the woman's husband.



Midwives got most favorable reviews from critics and was nominated for "Best Motion Picture Made for Television" in the 6th Golden Satellite Awards, but lost for The Day Reagan Was Shot.[1]

Sissy Spacek received many praises for her performance in the film. She was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award in the category of "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries", but lost to Halle Berry and her performance in Monster's Ball.[2][3] Spacek was also nominated for a Satellite Award in the category of "Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television", but eventually lost to Judy Davis in Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows.[4]


  1. ^ "Awards". IMDB. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  2. ^ "The 8th Screen Actors Guild Awards". SAG Awards. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Awards". IMDB. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Awards". IMDB. Retrieved 9 April 2017.

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