A father and mother review the award-winning Sundance film, AFTERSHOCK.
AFTERSHOCK tells the story of Shamony Gibson and Amber Rose Isaac, two mothers who died due to negligence during childbirth. It also highlights how doulas, midwives, and birthing centers can help solve it.
KARA: AFTERSHOCK sends out an SOS, turning pain into power with a hopeful message of a different future. It starts with education and awareness.
AARON: Yes! The stories In AFTERSHOCK shook me to my core. The loss of mothers Shamony Gibson and Amber Rose Isaac did not need to happen.
KARA: Giving birth can be downright terrifying. A woman needs to be surrounded by people reminding her of her ability, strength, and power. Many hospital settings provide the opposite. Birth stories wind up traumatic as women are uninformed of their choices, induced, pushed into surgery, and left unsupported.
AARON: As a new father, the Midwifery and Birthing Centers (thanks to you) were a godsend for us just three months ago when we had our healthy baby boy. I’m saddened that the same medical care is unavailable for everyone in the US.
KARA: Exactly. In the US, the maternal mortality rate is higher than in any other developed country, and black women have it worse. Because of the history of systemic racism in the medical field, black women are four times more likely to die than white women. This is an epidemic where they are not only uninformed but dismissed, neglected, and in some cases, practiced and experimented on. Tragically, many are left to die, unable to care for their babies. This happens too often, and more than half of these deaths are preventable. Unfortunately, with the overturning of Roe, it’s only getting worse.
AARON: I love that rather than focus on politics, AFTERSHOCK, wisely keeps the attention on the human elements. The partners and families help sound the rallying cry as we watch them “turn their pain into power” throughout this riveting documentary.
KARA: I encourage all to watch AFTERSHOCK. Make more movies like it. Black Wombs Matter! Black Wombs Matter! Black Wombs Matter!!!