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Around the globe, individuals and organizations are fighting against the odds to advance maternal health for some of the world’s most marginalized people. In 2020, they do this work in the midst of a pandemic and global political uncertainty. 

Our new film series, Delivering Hope: Maternal Health Heroes, takes you on a journey to meet these incredible heroes, each with a powerful story to tell.

Around the globe, individuals and organizations are fighting against the odds to advance maternal health for some of the world’s most marginalized people. In 2020, they do this work in the midst of a pandemic and global political uncertainty. 

Our new film series, Delivering Hope: Maternal Health Heroes, takes you on a journey to meet these incredible heroes, each with a powerful story to tell.

A film series featuring maternal health heroes around the world.

Every day, we are amazed by the strong, compassionate and courageous health workers who keep mothers, babies and families safe.

They are the midwives, community leaders, lawyers, activists, and mothers whose commitment and care is boundless. They are the lifeblood of the global maternal health and birth justice movements, and these are their stories of power, perseverance, and, above all else, hope.

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DESTINATION: Guatemala

In Guatemala, Indigenous Mayan women are twice as likely to die from pregnancy and childbirth-related complications than non-Indigenous women. Meet two incredible comadronas (traditional Indigenous midwives) caring for Mam-speaking mothers. 

A lifetime looking up to her mother’s midwifery skills, and a near-death birth complication, lit her fire. She’s escaped abuse and learned the skills she always dreamt of. Today, she's helping mothers stay healthy and break cycles of stigma, discrimination, and domestic violence.

Imelda, 39
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“You are nothing,” her father said. But, the town chose her as a leader. When she saw an opportunity to demand a maternal health mobile clinic for her community, where too many mothers die without access to culturally-appropriate care, she refused to let it pass.

Felipa, 51
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NEXT STOP: India

India’s constitution guarantees the right to health, sanitation and nutrition services, and yet many women rarely benefit from these services. In the northeastern tip of India, courageous community activists are fighting to ensure the women in their communities receive the care they’re entitled to.

As she grew, her eyes opened to the ways in which her community was being left behind–and how mothers bore the brunt of it. Today, she is challenging the system, and the patriarchy, no matter what powerful forces try to stand in her way.

Sushna, 29
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Years of litigating in the Supreme Court left her feeling deflated: the legal wins weren’t translating into real progress. So, she changed her approach. A new organization, and an innovative bottom-up strategy, put the power in the hands of the community itself.

Jayshree, 40
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DESTINATION: Bangladesh

This is Bangladesh, where less than half of all births are attended by a skilled care provider. Here, meet two incredible midwives driven to elevate this lifesaving profession in their country, and a resilient Rohingya mother of three starting a new life with her family in Cox’s Bazaar.

Midwifery is a new profession in Bangladesh, and she sees no limits to where it can go. Graduating top of her class and now working as a midwife supervisor, every day she trains and inspires more maternal health heroes from inside the world’s largest refugee camp.

Kanata, 23
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She has started a new life with her family, and worries about them constantly. The violence in Myanmar makes returning impossible. With a new baby and two young boys, a hospital nearby provides a beacon for her family in the never-ending refugee camp.

Laila, 32
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She misses her parents more than anything. But, this rural community far from home needed a midwife. Today, the birth center she lives in and runs serves 50,000 people. And she's starting to realize: to fix the problems at hand, she'll need to start with solutions at the community level.

Fatema, 22
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