The maternal death rate in the U.S. is rising; studies say it's preventable. Photo: iStock

Our special edition of Real to Reel focuses on maternal health, childbirth and abortion, with stories that include the death of a neonatal nurse after giving birth to her daughter, designing a better hospital to reduce C-sections, a home birth with some unexpected twists and much more. 

Pregnancy is hard. Doing it without depression medication is harder. Women who suffer from mental illnesses while pregnant rarely get any kind of compassion, writes the author of this article. "I’ve been there and it is a largely invisible struggle." Image: iStock

The Spring 2017 Real to Reel spotlights stories about depression and pregnancy, a genetic link that might hold the key to ending the opioid epidemic, the U.S. nuclear command-and-control center at Cheyenne Mountain, and a Southern Christian doctor who believes the abortions he provides are rooted in justice.

Decades ago, a 16-year-old girl from Washington state—with the help of family members—flew to Japan alone to obtain a safe, legal abortion.

The Winter 2017 Real to Reel spotlights stories about a 16-year-old's long-ago journey to obtain a legal abortion in Japan; the risk over flawed safeguards for the U.S. nuclear arsenal; why members of minority communities face obstacles in joining clinical trials; and the battle within the war against the opioid epidemic.

N Square, a collaborative effort to promote nuclear disarmament, created five scenarios set in 2045 in which events could possibly change attitudes on banning such weapons.

In the Fall 2016 Real to Reel, we spotlight stories about nuclear scenarios that offer hope amid the darkness, the 20-week abortion clock, Diana Nyad's quest to swim from Cuba to Florida at 64, and the infamous Tuskegee Study's toll on African Americans' health and participation in the healthcare system.

High blood pressure disproportionately hits African Americans and other populations of society in which poverty and other social ills are rampant. Photo: Andrew Cribb / iStock

The Summer 2016 Real to Reel newsletter spotlights stories that include why many abortion clinics close their doors; the remnants of a long-abandoned Army base in Greenland slowly being revealed by melting ice; and a 90-year-old man building a cathedral by hand near Madrid almost entirely by himself.

Police in Austin, Indiana look over biohazard container for disposal of syringes during HIV training session. Photo: AP/News and Tribune, Christopher Fryer

The Spring 2016 Real to Reel newsletter features stories about the arrival of the Zika virus in the U.S.; a student who led efforts to stop construction of an incinerator in her already polluted community; a town’s struggle with a drug and HIV epidemic; and a motley group of retired criminals who pulled off one last daring heist.


Astronaut Piers Sellers space walks in 2006.

The Winter 2016 Real to Reel newsletter spotlights stories about border-born babies and the economic struggle of older Americans to survive. Also featured: a former astronaut faces his own mortality; Barbra Streisand on women and heart disease; and the clash of generations in Miami’s gay community.