"Call The Midwife" will be back for a second season in March, but fear not, there's a holiday special to tide viewers over until the 2013 premiere. The holiday special of "Call The Midwife" airs Sunday, December 30 at 7:30pm EST and Season 2 kicks off on March 31 at 8 p.m. on PBS.

"'Call The Midwife' has now proven itself to be a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, attracting record audiences in the UK and taking huge rating strides in the US in its first season," Matt Forde, executive vice president of sales and co-productions at BBC Worldwide Americas, said in a statement. "The show is a great complement to PBS’ popular line-up of powerful dramas and we are certain the show’s second season will continue to captivate and inspire."

According to PBS, Season 1 of "Call The Midewife" averaged 3 million viewers.

"We were so pleased with the overwhelming response we received to 'Call The Midwife' that we, along with our fans, can't wait until the second season premiere," John F. Wilson, senior vice president and chief TV programming executive at PBS, said in a statement. "It's exactly the kind of inventive, quality programming people expect from PBS, and it has helped us strengthen our Sunday night programming block into a true destination for drama fans."

In the holiday special, Christmas is coming and the nuns and midwives are busier than ever. An abandoned baby is discovered on the steps of convent, leaving the whole community to rally to find the mother.

"PBS has been the perfect home for our show," Pippa Harris, "Call The Midwife" executive producer said in a statement, "and we are all thrilled that American audiences have embraced the midwives and nuns of London’s East End so warmly. It’s a testament to the enduring appeal of Jennifer Worth's books, the skill of screen writer Heidi Thomas and the huge talent of our cast and crew. The show is a celebration of birth, community and care for the most vulnerable in society, and we all look forward to delivering another season of moving and uplifting episodes next year."

"Call The Midwife" stars Jessica Raine as Jenny Lee, Jenny Agutter as Sister Julienne, Pam Ferris as Sister Evangelina, Miranda Hart as Chummy, Judy Parfitt as Sister Monica Joan, Helen George as Trixie Franklin, Bryony Hannah as Cynthia Miller, Laura Main as Sister Bernadette, Cliff Parisi as Fred and Vanessa Redgrave as the voice of mature Jennifer.

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