Progress in Bangladesh

Part 3: Housewives are helping Bangladesh lower its maternal mortality rate.
5:59 | 12/16/11

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These home movies captured more than the birth of Christie -- Linton burns donor. It was also the birth of a mission. A mission that would bring this fashion model to a place where unlike the others we've seen moms are being saved by the thousands. -- and the reason may surprise you. Our story begins in this New York birthing center even haven't -- grace has just a -- -- her mom Christie is starting to him. She. I was not prepared for anything like that it's -- -- and a lot of a skilled medical team prevented what could have been a tragedy. Christie took her daughter home the next day but she soon learn that many women around the world are not as fortunate. I think knowing that women die from the same complication that I had I think that's where I really had that that woman as I have to do something about it. A top fashion models Christie used his celebrity to sound Myanmar. She made the film -- no woman no -- crisscrossing the globe talking to women about neighbor -- and. Death for allowing women to diet. It begs the question how -- we value women and how we value mothers and society. Some of the film's more troubling stories are right here at home. Incredibly one research group ranks the US fiftieth in the world in maternal mortality with three times more deaths than in most of Europe. The developing world is one thing but the United States and most -- -- are not surprised. When -- seen Tanzania and Guatemala and here -- the statistics about the US. It's shocking -- -- in -- two women died in the US every day due to complications with childbirth. Black women are four times more likely to dying. I was stunned to learn that my own birth state Georgia ranked among the worst. So -- went home looking for answers. I Begin at the Atlanta medical center where doctor Bradley boots Taylor -- colleges. And Margaret -- Hauser a midwife told me obesity diabetes. And especially lack of health care coverage are all part of the problem. We have some women that register late and -- or twenty -- thirty weeks. Before they get. And for their first prenatal -- seven months pregnant before they get their first prenatal and summer camp and some women don't aim for no apparent -- -- shot -- probably -- Whenever -- everything. You know having access to patients they do things on the -- But -- the US struggles with maternal mortality. Can we learn something from a country half a world away. 8000 miles from Georgia I found myself in Dhaka Bangladesh. Being guided through village by a little girl named -- -- -- Just a decade ago she faced a bleak future. Childbirth was the number one killer of women in this country when most babies are delivered by unskilled family members. But today a kind of miracle is under way maternal deaths are down forty. Percent. Home -- aren't just traditional here in Bangladesh for many there are a necessity. Women don't tend to venture far from home which led -- workers to a novel idea. Delivering medical care to the doorstep of each expectant woman. -- On the front line -- local -- -- percent of whose moms are trained to look out for their credit neighbors. Monitoring them educating them and if necessary getting -- -- doctor. These -- action -- Christie -- Bangladesh for her film. Bangladesh is one of those examples. You have to go to the taste you have to go to or she is. Leading the way isn't -- an international aid group. And I giddy just look at the number yes we've been able to eat almost half from 121000. Years to 7000. Big yeah yeah yeah. You can see the difference in city -- like this. One that's local doctors -- saarc summit took me there by boat. We -- to a delivery time. Just in time to meet a brand new baby boy -- only minutes old. He and his mother are doing well. You have a beautiful -- away. Reno is 25 and -- the risky home -- she spent time with her daughter three years ago this time she mated to the birthing center. He is seven pounds of sweetness and hope. Success -- yeah. So species what your Alabama. -- just one example of the transformation Bangladesh has seen. And there's something else transforming women's lives cell phones incredibly half -- -- was -- she's half want. And it turns out it could be some light -- Along with a stethoscope and blood pressure cup crown -- a health worker in -- also has a Nokia phone. Stockpiles -- everything about her patients and doctors can wirelessly check her progress. Indian another part of the city expectant mom is getting a voice message with suggestions on vitamins breastfeeding and warning signs of possible complications. Cell -- to -- making a difference between life and death. We think this could be a model called for many other countries as well the power of mobile technology. In developing countries just beginning to be -- I'm Guiding Light offering promise of the brighter future for the next generation. Girls like --

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