The BBC has produced a new multi-series documentary called “Survival” that includes a 45-minute look at maternal health in Bangladesh. To capture the true story, the filmmakers traveled to a remote area in the North East of Bangladesh and filmed the labor of a young woman, Morjina, in her small hut with the aid of traditional birth attendant, or dhai.
Bangladesh is one of the most dangerous places in the world to have a baby, and over 90% of women will give birth at home, most without the help of trained medical staff. The dhais are the only birth attendant choice for most women, and the only tools these dhais use are a razor blade and a piece of string to tie the umbilical cord with. They don't have the skills to treat many complications, such as hemorrhage or obstructed labor. Click here to watch the full-length video, or watch the shorter briefing video below.