Segments in this Video

Welcome to the World (03:50)


See several mothers in the birthing process. Every year 130 million babies are born. An expert discusses the life expectancy of babies born in the USA, Cambodia, and Sierra Leone.

Critical Patients in Sierra Leone (02:41)

Dr. De Almeida works at the Gondama Referral Centre; a unique hospital for pregnant women and children. See two women in the birthing process. De Almeida discusses the reduction of maternal mortality rate in Sierra Leone.

Complications in Sierra Leone (02:45)

At the Gondama Referral Centre, two women are in critical condition as a result of labor complications. Doctors perform a cesarean section to remove a baby that died in the womb. A doctor discusses the lack of access to medical care.

Mortality Rates (01:09)

Of the 20 worst countries to be born in, 19 of them are in Africa. Singapore has the lowest infant mortality rate, Sierra Leone has the highest. The US has one of the worst infant mortality rates in the developed world.

Homeless in the US (04:59)

Starr, a pregnant mother, discusses being homeless. She arrives at the San Francisco Homeless Prenatal Program center. Director Martha Ryan explains the center's objectives and reflects on the growing number of pregnant homeless women; 1.6 million children are homeless.

Struggling in Cambodia (04:17)

Pisey, age 12, scavenges to earn enough money to feed his family. Neang, Pisey's pregnant mother, discusses her desires for her children. Neang has "the disease" and recalls wanting to commit suicide.

Bengie Village, Sierra Leone (02:35)

Hawa, age 25 and pregnant, breaks palm kernels all day to make a living. Only 17% of Sierra Leone women use contraception. Hawa wants her children to go overseas and be successful.

A Family Working Together (02:34)

See new mothers nursing their babies. Neang discusses the family's struggle for food. She comforts her daughter before leaving to see the doctor; Pisey takes care of his little sister.

Well Checks (03:33)

Starr talks to her sons about their unborn sister. Starr, Neang, and Hawa see their health care professionals for a checkup. Neang discusses her responsibilities as a mother. Mammie discusses the difficulties of treating pregnant women in Sierra Leone.

Its Two Girls! (02:27)

Sia gives birth to twins at a clinic in Sierra Leone; the father excitedly informs loved ones of their birth.

Education Through Song (02:24)

Mothers and health care professionals sing about the well-being of children at the Gondama Referral Centre. Poverty leads to lack of education which results in a high mortality rate. See mothers nurse their children.

Emergency Cesarean Birth (03:55)

After two days of labor, Cadeta Milton has a ruptured uterus. Dr. De Almeida performs a cesarean section; the baby is stillborn and the woman has a 50% chance of survival.

Closing the Gap (02:36)

Mr. Suma expresses sorrow over Cadeta Milton's death. In Sierra Leone, 840 women in every 100,000 die in childbirth. Experts discuss the importance of sharing resources in Sierra Leone.

Family Care (04:17)

Neang receives free healthcare in Cambodia. Pisey arrives at the National Centre for HIV/AIDS for his mother's medication; Neang is having a cesarean section.

Difficult Deliveries (04:36)

Starr endures four days of labor in the hospital and still no birth. Marianne, age 13, undergoes a cesarean section at 27 weeks gestation; the baby only survives a few minutes. Every year 16 million adolescent girls give birth worldwide.

Families Grow (03:24)

Pisey visits his mother and newborn sister in the hospital. He vows to make sure his sisters get a good education. Starr gives birth to a baby girl; her sons soon visit them in the hospital. Neang, Pisey, and Ly Ly return home.

Successful Deliveries (03:49)

Healthcare professionals at the Gondama Referral Centre discuss reducing mortality rates. Mammie recalls Hawa's birthing experience; Hawa reflects on her future. Starr leaves the hospital with her baby. Over the last 20 years, the maternal mortality rate in the USA has increased.

Changing Futures (01:49)

Women in Sierra Leone perform a naming ceremony for Hawa's baby. Neang and Pisey cherish their brief time with Ly Ly. Neang finds a job and Pisey attends school.

Welcome to the World: Born Poor, Die Poor?—Why Poverty? (00:35)

Credits: Welcome to the World: Born Poor, Die Poor?—Why Poverty?

Bonus Material: Welcome to the World: Born Poor, Die Poor?—Why Poverty? (04:32)

This condensed version of "Welcome to the World?" uses excerpts to take viewers through the material in under 5 minutes.

Credits: Welcome to the World: Born Poor, Die Poor?—Why Poverty? (00:21)

Credits: Welcome to the World: Born Poor, Die Poor?—Why Poverty?

"Love and Rubbish" (07:36)

Several families live in a Moscow landfill. The young men and women reflect on their dreams, their struggles, and love. A young woman is thankful for her ability to leave the landfill.

Credits: "Love and Rubbish" (00:21)

Credits: "Love and Rubbish"

"A Girl's Day" (05:51)

Hellen Cristina describes living in a favela (slum), and the challenges she faces. She shares a room with several relatives. Her "poverty kit," lotion and deodorant is indispensable. She describes her (modest) dream home.

Credits: "A Girl's Day" (00:16)

Credits: "A Girl's Day"

"Colours in the Dust" (05:31)

Young Jouvens, age 12, enters Camp Pinchinat in Jacmel, Haiti where he expresses his life of poverty through art. Jouvens compares his current lifestyle to the camp and reveals a surprising attitude about poverty and life.

Credits: "Colours in the Dust" (00:22)

Credits: "Colours in the Dust"

"Voices Bolivia" (04:44)

A group of young people share their experiences with love. Lourdes expresses the pain she feels over the loss of a boy and an education.

Credits: "Voices Bolivia" (00:13)

Credits: "Voices Bolivia"

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Welcome to the World: Born Poor, Die Poor?—Why Poverty?

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Every year 130 million babies are born, but their outcomes in life depend on where, how, and to whom they are born. In Cambodia, new arrivals are likely to belong to a family that scavenges the streets to survive, while in Sierra Leone, chances of making it past the first year of life are half those of the worldwide average. American babies fare much better, although there are now more than 1.6 million homeless children in the U.S. and the country’s infant mortality rate is one of the worst in the developed world. Through the stories of mothers and their babies in Cambodia, Sierra Leone, and the U.S., this program looks at how poverty affects childbirth and childhood. Some content may be objectionable. Contains nudity. A viewable/printable instructor’s guide is available online. A part of the series Why Poverty? 

Length: 89 minutes

Item#: BVL55243

ISBN: 978-0-81608-763-1

Copyright date: ©2012

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