A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the newborn babies featured in this reality series are often shown still covered with birthing matter right after they're born; although the shots can be slightly graphic, they're not usually close up. Also, younger viewers may be upset by the complications that sometimes occur in the delivery room, which potentially put the mother and/or baby in peril. Young children should definitely have an adult present while watching the show to provide guidance and explain what's happening in certain scenes. But overall, this is a great family show that could be used as a springboard to talk to little kids about where babies come from.
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What's the story?
Each episode of A BABY STORY follows a couple as they prepare for their baby's arrival, from pregnancy to the baby's delivery. Many different situations are presented, such as complicated or unexpected pregnancies, in vitro fertilization, alternative and difficult deliveries, and planned C-sections. It may be the couple's first child, or they may already be experienced parents. Viewers learn a little bit about each couple's background, and the parents-to-be share their emotions about the upcoming event (often, it's excitement mixed with a bit of anxiety). The camera captures the thrilling, nerve-wracking moments leading up to the baby's delivery, allowing viewers to witness the baby's first cry after emerging from the womb and the joy and relief on the parents' faces when everything turns out OK.
Is it any good?
This is a wonderful show for the whole family to watch, and a great way to start teaching preschoolers about the facts of life and how miraculous childbirth can be. For any parent worried that the series may expose young children to a little too much a little too early, rest assured that the camera is installed near the mother's head during delivery, not at her feet -- so viewers don't get the same perspective as the doctors and nurses. And the birth footage is only slightly graphic; the baby -- still covered in bloody mucus -- is typically held up for the parents (and the camera) to see as soon as it's born, but it's usually not a close-up shot.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about where babies come from and how they enter the world. How and where does a baby's life begin? Where does the baby grow, and how long before it's ready to be born? How do parents find out ahead of time whether their baby will be a boy or a girl? What happens when the baby is ready to be born? What's involved in taking care of a newborn baby?
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