U.S. cable net Fusion has given the greenlight to a one-hour documentary special set to investigate the human rights issues surrounding the surge in American maternal mortality rates.
The Naked Truth: Death by Delivery features award-winning journalist Nelufar Hedayat as she examines why death rates during childbirth in America have climbed to higher rates than in 1987, and why African American women are up to four times more likely to die of pregnancy-related causes. In New York City, black women are up to 12 times more likely to die in or just after childbirth, according to the network.
“The risk of dying from a pregnancy complication should not depend on one’s race or zip code,” said Fusion’s Hedayat in a statement. “The question remains whether Congress or the new administration, which has yet to show any interest in reproductive rights or in addressing the nation’s history of systemic racism, will support the changes needed to reduce the shocking number of American women who are dying to become moms.”
The one-off special will trace Hedayat’s journey across the U.S. as she travels from rural Georgia to the streets of New York City as she meets women affected by this domestic crisis.
Simon Chinn, Jonathan Chinn, Suzanne Lavery, Keith Summa and Justine Gubar serve as executive producers.
The Naked Truth: Death by Delivery premieres during United Nations’ International Women’s Day on March 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on FUSION TV.