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Fusion readies “Naked Truth: Death by Delivery”

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: ...
March 3, 2017

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.

The doc is produced by Fusion and Lightbox, the production company founded by Oscar-winner Simon Chinn and Emmy-award winner Jonathan Chinn.

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.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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