"Deliver Us" is a documentary to tell the real story of midwives, physicians, and pregnant women entangled in the desperate need for quality obstetrical services in Haiti. Most Haitian women live in remote areas of the country where there is no medical infrastructure, let alone roads. We are exploring why 1 in 30 pregnant Haitian women will die from childbirth. Furthermore, we reveal the life-threatening conditions that they inevitably suffer without proper prenatal surveillance, including--but not limited to--severe pre-eclampsia (elevated blood pressures in pregnancy leading to stroke or in utero fetal death), eclampsia (seizures in pregnant women leading to stroke, paralysis, and death), postpartum hemorrhage, and sepsis.
Our crew will work with several communities in areas outside of Port-au-Prince to discuss openly the experience of women who have delivered without appropiate medical supervision. We are interviewing several authorities who have reported that the statistics have worsened significantly since the earthquake ravaged Port-au-Prince in January 2010.
We have also selected a cohort of midwives, physicians, traditional birth attendants and pregnant women to follow them during 40 weeks. The film shall follow the course of various women throughout their pregnancies, demonstrating the real-life drama they must face as they embark upon the rough road to motherhood. This project forges intimate relationships with these invested people, sharing their stories of triumphs and failures and revealing the obstacles facing each player in this complex obstetrical delivery system.