Another Unplanned Pregnancy on TV

March 31st, 2010
Categories: On Television

The season finale of The Secret Life of the American Teenager reportedly featured yet another unplanned pregnancy. Apparently two of the characters decided to have sex to get back at their exes. Bad idea number one. Then the writers decided to throw abortion into the conversation mix. Potential bad idea number two? The character in question is quoted as saying, "I’m not having a baby and ruining my life like Amy." Wow. That's a pretty harsh statement. Apparently coming off as another anti-Juno, hoping to de-glam the idea of teenage pregnancy, the show has tackled this topic before which I covered. Adoption was discussed before and now we're apparently going to see the dramatics of the decision to abort or not. In a review from Entertainment

She Didn’t Place

June 29th, 2009
Categories: On Television

I refused to watch The Secret Life of the American Teenager on ABC Family for the first two seasons. I really had no desire to sit through a long, drawn out storyline as to whether or not a teen girl who got pregnant would place the baby for adoption. Every time I saw someone mention the show online, the word adoption followed shortly behind. My head kind of exploded. Was a television show geared at teens going to make the decision to place look easy? Or downplay the grief and loss associated with relinquishment? Or ruin the process like every other movie or television show has done in the past? Turns out she didn't place. Now she's an overwhelmed, overtired teenage mom. And I'm left thinking, "I don't know. Maybe she… [more]

Private Practice Discusses Pregnancy Complications and Adoption

January 24th, 2009
Categories: On Television

Thursday night’s episode of Private Practice brought up a subject that no expectant mother wants to think about: a baby born with complications, problems, a birth defect, etc... Regardless of whether the pregnancy is planned or not or if the expectant mother is going to parent or place the baby for adoption, they don’t want to give much thought to this possibility, but I think it’s there in the back of our minds. No mother wants to have a child born with complications but sometimes it happens. In this episode of Private Practice an expectant mother who is making an adoption plan ends up having an emergency c-section because the baby is in distress. The baby ends up being born with a birth defect of the muscle that… [more]

Did Baby Borrowers Scare You?

October 20th, 2008

Baby Borrowers scared me! And I'm an everyday Mom to two boys neither of which were born while I was a teenager. I caught a marathon of the show on WeTV (who is on Twitter, by the way) this past weekend. My Husband and I watched a few episodes together with the boys. Of course, when I say that we watched anything with the boys, I mean that we caught bits and pieces while playing, telling the children not to lick each other and laughing a lot as is the usual in our home. What I did actually get to watch, comprehend and consider left me feeling very thoughtful all weekend. I understand the point of the show: to show teens who otherwise have… [more]

The Secret Life of the American Teenager

June 30th, 2008
Categories: On Television

In a previous post, I mentioned a new show that will be premiering on ABC tomorrow night and I’ve learned more about it after watching Molly Ringwald talk about it this morning on one of the morning shows. The Secret Life of an American Teenager is a new teen angst drama. Molly Ringwald is in this new show. You remember her, don’t ya? She played several lead teen roles (Sixteen Candles) in several movies in the 80’s. Well, she’s grown up and now she’s playing the mother Amy, one of the lead characters. Amy Juergens, is a fifteen year old high school student. She’s a good kid, shy, talented, smart, has a big heart, is in the band, and considered to be a “band… [more]

Dr. Phil Talks about Putative Father Registries

April 30th, 2008
Categories: On Television

I found today’s Dr. Phil show very interesting as it pertained to Putative Father Registries. On the show, we were introduced to Bryce, a man from Oregon in his mid 30’s. He is now fighting for his baby girl, who is about five months old and living with the people who want to adopt her. The adoption is not final yet as Bryce is fighting for custody of this little girl. Bryce’s ex-girlfriend, Esther, had gotten pregnant and wanted to place the baby for adoption. He repeatedly told her no, that he wanted to raise their baby. He offered to marry her. He offered to put her up in a house and help her out financially. She turned down all his offers and eventually… [more]

Adoption on Grey’s Anatomy… Again

May 15th, 2007
Categories: On Television

A few weeks back, I wrote about the adoption storyline on one of ABC’s hit shows, Grey’s Anatomy. The particular storyline I previously wrote about was concerning one of the main characters on the show, Izzy. Izzy is a birthmother whose daughter was a patient at the hospital. As her biological mother, Izzy's bone marrow was needed to save her daughter's life. The adoption storyline crept in again last week in Thursday night’s episode. I just haven’t had a chance to write about it until now. A same sex male couple that has appeared on the show before, Joe and Walter, showed up at the hospital asking the Dr. Addison Shepherd (an OBGYN) if she could look over their "birthmother," Rina… [more]