This is an excerpt from the documentary film The Edge of Joy by filmmaker Dawn Shapiro. The film examines maternal mortality at the Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital in the Kano region of Nigeria. It is one of the busiest maternity centers in all of West Africa. But, as the documentary shows, it’s still woefully unprepared for many of the basics in providing comprehensive care for women in labor.
The original film is 47 minutes, but has been edited down to 7 for the purposes of sharing it on PBS. Check out the PBS version above or visit The Edge of Joy website to watch a trailer.