Over the course of the series, it seems that in many of the adoption storylines, the nun or midwife attending is opposed to the woman giving up the child, even when she herself is firmly decided, as Tina is here. It is strange to me, given how much hardship and neglect we have watched them witness, that they wouldn’t have the most interest in what would give the better life to both child and birth mother. That Tina had given up the fantasy of being a better mother to a third child coupled with her resistance to a regular job should have been enough for Sister Julienne to be glad for the adoption of the older kids, I’d think.
When Trixie came in late for the meal and said she’d been at the Brook Center, Sister Julienne got a tight, somewhat disapproving look on her face before saying Trixie mustn’t let it interfere with her midwifery duties, which I thought was a nice callback to her more vocal objections last season. In the end, she is often more practical than judgmental, so it made sense to me that after she came to terms with Tina’s situation she’d relent in contraception to prevent its repetition.