Brenda Davis / USA / 2011 / 94 min.
A pregnant woman lies on a hospital bed, shouting that she thinks she’s dying. Her belly is so unnaturally big she cannot even lie on her back. She attempted a home birth but after 12 hours, her baby still had not entered the world. Her relatives fashioned a stretcher and for another half day, carried her to the nearest medical facility where, at the last moment, at least she was saved. This is a situation we cannot conceive. However, it is routine for charismatic doctor Giotom, who works at a village hospital in northern Ethiopia; Pum Mach, a kindly obstetrics nurse in Cambodia; and Madam Bwa, a spirited Haitian midwife working in the slums of the capital. Their stories highlight the dismal situation of mothers and newborns in places where medical care is lacking or prohibitively expensive and where there is a dearth of information.