Social Documentary – Maternal Mortality & African-American Women

“Women in this country have very little opportunity to speak and to be heard.” Jennie Joseph.

Orlando, Florida. 2015

This documentary photography was submitted to Edge of Humanity Magazine by Social-Documentary Photographer and Videomaker Paolo Patruno.

 

From project “the AMERICAN dream” by Paolo Patruno.

 

Maternal mortality, maternal and newborn health is an untold matter.

Women, mothers die every day in a silent “war”.

That’s why since 2011 I’m running my long term documentary project “BIRTH IS A DREAM” which aims to document and raise awareness about the Maternity crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa, I’ve already shot across Cameroon, DRC, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

And this year, after more than 4 years, I’ve decided to expand my project in the United States: US has the highest maternal mortality rate of any industrialized country in the world.

And to build a connection with my work in Africa, I’ve decided to start documenting stories from African-American women in the US; they are nearly 4 times more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications than white women.

Through my documentary “the AMERICAN dream” I wish to give women the opportunity to tell their own stories: they know what is wrong, they share their hopes, they share their fears, and they share about their American dream, related to maternal health in the US.

 

For more information on this project click on any image.

 

"As a woman of color, the American dream is a myth" Julieta Orlando, Florida. 2015

“As a woman of color, the American dream is a myth”
Julieta
Orlando, Florida. 2015

"I define the American Dream as using what you have to not just benefit yourself but to benefit the community you're in” April Orlando, Florida. 2015

“I define the American Dream as using what you have to not just benefit yourself but to benefit the community you’re in”
April
Orlando, Florida. 2015

"I feel different races have different options" Joanne Orlando, Florida. 2015

“I feel different races have different options”
Joanne
Orlando, Florida. 2015

April. Orlando, Florida. 2015

April.
Orlando, Florida. 2015

“I want a natural birth because I feel that can bring me closer to my baby” Miracle Orlando, Florida. 2015

“I want a natural birth because I feel that can bring me closer to my baby”
Miracle
Orlando, Florida. 2015

Julieta Orlando, Florida. 2015

Julieta
Orlando, Florida. 2015

April. Orlando, Florida. 2015

April.
Orlando, Florida. 2015

“Being a young black mother, at my first doctor visit, I felt I was no more that a statistic. Lonicia Orlando, Florida. 2015

“Being a young black mother, at my first doctor visit, I felt I was no more that a statistic.
Lonicia
Orlando, Florida. 2015

April. Orlando, Florida. 2015

April.
Orlando, Florida. 2015

African-American women in the US are nearly 4 times more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications compared to European American. Orlando, Florida. 2015

African-American women in the US are nearly 4 times more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications compared to European American.
Orlando, Florida. 2015

Miracle Orlando, Florida. 2015

Miracle
Orlando, Florida. 2015

 

See also:

Mother Portraits – Africa

“the AMERICAN dream” – Documentary Film Trailer

By Paolo Patruno

 


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