Maternity Ward (03/19/00) | 1999
Documentary about women giving birth. The first part takes place in New Orleans, a city with one of the nation's highest birthrates. At University Hospital over 4000 babies are delivered each year, often to mothers under the age of 20. Viewers meet a 15-year-old that prematurely goes into labor; an expectant mother of twins, who requires an emergency Caesarian section; and a woman who bleeds uncontrollably several weeks after giving birth. The second part takes place at Stanford University Medical Center Hospital, where ground breaking in vitro fertilization techniques are being developed to reduce multiple births and increase pregnancy success rates. Dr. Lynn Westphal guides two families through the complex, costly and cumbersome procedures of the in-vitro fertilization process. Also, an expectant mother in her 24th week is transported to Stanford by helicopter due to severe abdominal pains after an emergency appendectomy.