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        Motherland | Lesson Plan Clips

        Engaging youth in discussions about family planning is difficult for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the general discomfort adolescents have talking with adults about sex. Sometimes it can be easier to talk about uncomfortable issues when the spotlight is turned on someone else’s situation. This lesson plan offers that opportunity by embedding health information in a social studies lesson. 

        By focusing on clips from the film Motherland, which features patients at a public maternity hospital in the Philippines, students can take a step back from the topic and learn about it with some critical distance. The lesson provides students with a way to examine policy and practice and learn about birth control methods, without getting mired in controversial debate, personal religious beliefs or their own embarrassment.

        Motherland

        Clip 1: "Fabella Memorial Hospital"

        The clip begins at 6:30 with a pan of the hospital ward and ends at 8:10 after Lea says, “I have to buy one.” The clip provides an initial feel for hospital conditions and introduces Lea. The clip also shows that patients are expected to provide their own blankets in the hospital.

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        Clip 2: "Unemployed Husbands"

        The clip begins at 37:20 and ends at 40:00, after Lea says she doesn’t have enough money to buy milk. As Lea talks with another mother about how her husband doesn’t have the 35 cents for transportation, we learn that she is 25 years old, already has a 2-year-old child, can’t afford diapers for her.

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        Clip 3: "Lerma"

        The clip starts at 19:20, as Lerma begins to share her story with the other mothers. It ends at 21:50 after Lerma says, “It’s really hard.” As a counterpoint to Lea’s story, we meet Lerma, who has had seven children and who has chosen to undergo a tubal ligation to prevent future pregnancies.

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        Clip 4: "Dads"

        The clip starts at 32:40 and ends at 35:50. It shows a conversation between two fathers. Visiting fathers of premature babies hold their babies against their bodies to keep the infants warm because the hospital doesn’t have enough incubators.

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        Clip 5: "Family Planning"

        The clip begins at 25:10 with a shot of a sign designating the “Family Planning” counseling area. It ends at 29:15 with a teen mother signing a consent form to have an IUD inserted. We see a counselor discussing birth control options with a couple of different mothers.

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        Clip 6: "Family Planning Continued"

        The clip begins at 1:07:15 with a teen mother looking at an IUD. It ends at 1:09:45, after the nurse says, “Once it happens, it can happen again.” A nurse tries to convince a resistant teen mother to get an IUD. The clip also touches on the issue of domestic violence.

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