Action / Documentary

IMDb Rating 6.3 10 201

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July 21, 2022 at 08:17 PM


Paula Eiselt

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1 hr 27 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by paul-allaer 7 / 10

Intolerable poor child birth health care for (black) women

As "Aftershock" (2022 release; 89 min) opens, we see footage of Shamony, whom we learn died 4 months ago from complications after a C section delivery, and then repeated incorrect diagnoses by the hospital. Her partner Amari now carries on alone, with a young child and a new born to take care of. Then we meet Bruno's whose partner Amber Rose also dies during child birth delivered via C section. Amari and Bruno eventually meet up and decide to fight back...

Couple of comments: this documentary is co=produced and co-directed by Paula Eiseil and Tonya Lewis Lee. Here they shine the spotlight on the atrocious and frankly intolerable facts that women in America die in childbirth more than anywhere else in the industrialized world. And the stats are even worse for black women. The co-directors shows us the stats also on how in the 1970s childbirth by C section was truly the exception (5%), and over the following decades, it has become more and more prevalent, and easy/lazy way out for doctors and hospitals (now 1/3 of all child births are via C section), but along the way causing the death rate at child birth to go up. Also striking is that the US is the only country in the industrial world where so very few midwives (rather than doctors) deliver babies. The film makers document the grieving families and how they try to do something about it. It all makes for interesting but surely also frustrating viewing (not because that the documentary is not good of course).

"Aftershock" premiered at this year's Sundance film festival to immediate acclaim, and the film is currently rated 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes for a reason. The movie is now streaming on Hulu, where I caught it the other night. If you have any interest in the US health care system in general, and why child birth death care is so insanely inadequate, I'd readily suggest you check this out, and draw your own conclusion.

Reviewed by penny-j-adrian 5 / 10

Heartbreaking, but not helpful

This was a heartbreaking documentary about the loss of two beautiful young moms & their loving families.

But it will not help black women to suffer less maternal mortality.


Because the "answers" to the problem are too expensive for poor & working class women of any race to afford.

Doulas, midwives, and birthing centers are not covered by medicaid or by affordable private insurance.

Also, the film does not explain why the maternal mortality rate among Hispanic women is lower than that of white women.

Is there no racism against Hispanic women?

Black women, Indigenous women, and poor women of ALL races will continue to die in childbirth until we have high quality universal healthcare that covers the costs of doulas & midwives.

The film completely ignored the dangers of for profit health care, and it ignored the inaccessible expense of ways to make childbirth safer for black women, and any woman without expensive private insurance.


Reviewed by mariellegk 10 / 10

A searing look at black maternal mortality

The effects of systemic racism in obstetrics is examined both through the eyes of families of women who died post-partum due to poor prenatal care and overt neglect of patients' statements about problems pre- and post-delivery, and through the eyes of insightful obstetricians and midwives who are trying to break down the racism in software and distorted metric-drive decision-making for black mothers. Poverty combined with race may be two driving factors leading to poor care, but as one young woman points out, if it can happen to Serena Williams, it can happen to any black woman.

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Exley profile
Exley July 22, 2022 at 04:59 pm

and i thought this is sci-fi post apocalyptic movie

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rey221 July 21, 2022 at 08:19 pm

Freeman is the best

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dplace65 July 21, 2022 at 04:13 pm

The discussions of racism, postpartum and the issues inside of the medical system is really well presented throughout this documentary. The presentation is really good and many of the conversations from the participants are really engaging and at times touching or sad. Systemic racism is a subject that is still common amongst our society around the whole world.

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Deezy69 July 21, 2022 at 12:19 pm

@paddypat your kidding right? right wing media is based on fear and lies......yall are always complaining about things that don`t truckers are stil protesting mask mandates, that where lifted last year

Chance888 profile
Chance888 July 21, 2022 at 12:30 am

Must have been the only two women they could find

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paddypat July 20, 2022 at 10:23 pm

In the US, liberals are hysterical about everything, and everything is a crisis. No wonder they are so miserable!