Exposing the Problem of Maternal Death in the USA

by Commonsense Childbirth Inc.


America has the highest maternal mortality rate of any industrialized country in the world. More than two women die every day in the USA from pregnancy-related causes, and 3 to 4 times as many Black women as White are at-risk or die during pregnancy. Raising awareness about this preventable issue gives a platform to Black women to share their experiences, and educates and empowers communities to push for change. This documentary exposes the disparities that have persisted for generations.

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Mothers in Africa are dying needlessly everyday due to lack of resources and cultural behaviors. Surprisingly, African-American women in the USA are also dying or are harmed by pregnancy-related complications as well. Italian photographer/filmmaker Paolo Patruno has spent over 4 years documenting the women of Africa in their struggle to find adequate maternity care and is now recording the considerable racial disparities and maternal health outcomes experienced by Black women in the USA.


While media attention is now directed to the violence that surrounds black men in the US, it is crucial to remember that black women are by far the largest demographic to suffer maternal deaths; it has been this way for decades and yet they are seldom able to make their voices heard. Through Paolo's documentary "the AMERICAN dream" he gives women the opportunity to tell their own stories, engage the public and influence policy as they shed light on an issue that seems to be getting worse.

Long-Term Impact

This project aims to raise national and international awareness on a growing problem in the US. African-American mothers are harmed and are dying at an alarming rate compared to mothers of other races. Through his documentary, Paolo Patruno highlights the issues that face these women. The goal is to start the dialogue that will get African-American women access to the health care treatment they need and to lower the maternal morbidity and death rate for Black women in America.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


"the AMERICAN dream"
"Birth is a Dream"
National Perinatal Task Force
Paolo Patruno Photography

Organization Information

Commonsense Childbirth Inc.

Location: Winter Garden, FL - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.commonsensechildbirth.org
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @CommonsenseCB
Jennie Joseph
Project Leader:
Jennie Joseph
Executive Director
Winter Garden, FL United States

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