By Melissa Locker
April 12, 2019

While Call the Midwife just started its eighth season in the U.S., fans are already looking forward to returning to Poplar for the next season full of midwives, nuns on bicycles, adorable babies, and changing times. Luckily, the BBC has already announced that a ninth season of the popular period drama is already on the way. That's not all, according to Deadline, the BBC says the women of Nonnatus House will be on the air until at least 2022. Of course, if we had our way, the show would ideally be on forever with a nonstop series of plucky nuns, no-nonsense nurses, and families just struggling to make it through a changing world.

If you forgot to set your DVR to record the PBS series, season eight has just kicked off. The latest season brings us back to Nonnatus House in 1964, a time of change both in the London neighborhood of Poplar, but also throughout the world. This season the nuns and nurses not only have to help women through child birth, calm nervous fathers, while saving the lives of countless babies. They also have to face a variety of challenging issues such as interracial adoption a rarity in the 1960s, learn about cleft palate, and help a family coping with sickle cell diagnoses. There's also romance, politics, and plenty of cake, because this is Nonnatus House, after all.

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The new seasons will take fans through the years, with season nine covering events in 1965, and additional seasons set in 1966 and 1967, according to a press release from PBS. Each additional season includes eight episodes and there are at least two Christmas specials in the works as well.

While casting news for the new seasons is still to be determined, it's hard to imagine the show without at least a few returning favorites like Nurse Trixie (Helen George), Nurse Valerie (Jennifer Kirby),) and Nurse Crane (Linda Bassett) and Dr. Patrick Turner (Stephen McGann) and his wife Shelagh Turner (Laura Main).

If it follows previous seasons, season nine of Call the Midwife's will air in the U.K. first before coming to U.S. television. If you can't If you can't wait until 2020 to watch the next season, consider hopping a plane to London to watch the show before your neighbors.

"Even after all these years, it still feels as though Call the Midwife has more truth to tell, more tears to cry, more life to celebrate, and more love to give," said the show's creator Heidi Thomas per Deadline. "We are blessed with the best cast, crew, and audience a show could wish for, and I could not be more excited about our future."