Maternal Mortality Documentaries
Boswell's latest conversation with leading experts examines why groups of women disproportionately experience higher mortality rates related to pregnancy and childbirth in the country. Boswell addresses disparities and contributing factors that result in poor health outcomes for mothers and babies as well as ways local and public health professionals are combatting the national crisis.
In October 2019, 30-year-old Shamony Gibson tragically died 13 days following the birth of her son. Two months later, the film team began documenting Shamony's surviving mother, Shawnee Benton Gibson, and bereaved partner, Omari Maynard, as they began to process what happened and figure out their new normal.
In April 2020, 26-year-old Amber Rose Isaac, died due to an emergency C-section. Within weeks of Amber's death, Omari reaches out to Amber's surviving partner Bruce McIntyre and a lifelong bond is formed. Together, Omari and Bruce begin the fight for justice for their partners with their families and community by their side, while caring for their children as newly single parents.
The film witness these two families become ardent activists in the maternal health space, seeking justice through legislation, medical accountability, community, and the power of art. Their work introduces a myriad of people including a growing brotherhood of surviving Black fathers, along with the work of midwives and physicians on the ground fighting for institutional reform. Through their collective journeys, the film brings us to the front lines of the growing birth justice movement that is demanding systemic change within our medical system and government.
Like Jamie nearly 50,000 U.S. women experience unintended, potentially life-threatening maternal conditions or complications each year. In addition to the women who nearly lose their lives, another 700 U.S. women die each year as a result of pregnancy or delivery complications. Obstetric hemorrhage is the most preventable cause of maternal mortality. Being prepared to effectively recognize the signs and symptoms and respond to cases of obstetric hemorrhage is a critical first step towards improving outcomes.