Up until recent years, Afghan women had been restricted to their homes under the harsh, unrelenting and punishing Taliban rule -- and, fearful for their safety, typically gave birth at home, without a skilled provider.
Since not everyone can visit a hospital, Edna now wants to take the hospital to the people by training a large cadre of "barefoot midwives" who will travel from village to village to offer their medical services.
The British import, which premiered in the U.S. on PBS Sunday night, transplants Downton's formula for success (British period drama with plenty of plot twists) from the English countryside in the early 1920's to a working class neighborhood in 1950's London.
This is a story about high infant and maternal mortality among indigenous women and their newborns. Part of this story is about how young women living in desperate situations learn to deal with those situations by helping others.
Giving birth to my child naturally was not about politics, nor adventure. It was about what was best for both of us. I felt the need to protect our first moments together, to bond, and as a result of following my gut, I acquired a purpose in life.
Congo's economy is not undermined by "unregulated fertility" rates. Civil society has been destroyed by decades of war and over a hundred years of exploitation of Congo's wealth by international interests.