The American Dream: Stories of Maternal Health Care

The United States has the highest maternal mortality rate of any industrialized country in the world.

More than two women die every day in the U.S. from pregnancy-related causes. And while the vast majority of countries have reduced their maternal mortality rates, for the past 25 years the number of women lost during pregnancy, birth, or postpartum has increased dramatically in the U.S.

African-American women in the U.S. are at especially high risk; they are nearly four times more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications compared to European American women. Women of color are less likely to go into pregnancy in good health because of a lack of access to primary health care services. They are also less likely to have access to adequate maternal health care services.

Through the documentary the AMERICAN dream, women tell their stories and share their experiences with maternal health care in the U.S.

*The AMERICAN dream documentary film is from italian documentary photographer and filmmaker Paolo Patruno. This film is part of his personal project Birth is a dream focused on maternal health in Africa, which he later extended to developed/industrialized countries. 


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