POV: Motherland

About This Episode


Childbirth is often a communal process, with a team of nurses, doctors and loved ones simultaneously witnessing the miracle of life. In one Philippines hospital, "communal" is an understatement. Motherland takes us into one of the busiest maternity wards on Earth.

Filled with warmth, humor and heartache, the documentary is a vérité portrait of childbirth -- with all its joys and challenges depicted on screen. It is also a fascinating study of a country where conservative Catholic ideas about childbirth and contraception prevail, making the film an ideal starting point for conversations about reproductive healthcare policy.