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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series is both educational and sensational. It demystifies the pregnancy process, but it also focuses on edge-case scenarios that are very much outside the norm.
Positive Role Models
Some of the featured women are portrayed as being woefully uninformed about pregnancy symptoms, and many are young and/or unmarried. But many of the stories also feature good Samaritans who step in to help. And women from a variety of socio-economic and racial/ethnic backgrounds are featured.
Violence & Scariness
Some of the labor/delivery reenactments feature women screaming in pain, lots of blood, and witnesses in a panic. Babies fall to the floor or into toilets when delivered; they're shown covered in blood and afterbirth and struggling to breathe. Many of the women are also in dire need of medical attention after they deliver.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's no explicit discussion of sex, but there's lots of talk about contraception and the different ways that it can fail. Women are often shown pulling their pants off to deliver or taking their shirts off to cover the newborn, but there's no nudity.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol, drugs, and smoking are discussed as they relate to the health of the baby/fetus. Some mothers-to-be drink and smoke without the knowledge that they're pregnant.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series about women who didn't know that they were pregnant until they delivered often features birth reenactments that show things like women screaming in pain, frantic bystanders, and lots of blood. There's also lots of medical information about topics like contraception and prenatal care. Some of the featured mothers are teens; others are young and/or unmarried. Alcohol, drugs, and smoking are occasionally discussed as they relate to the health of the baby. Overall, the show is a little strong for tweens, but mature teens should be able to handle it.
Is It Any Good?
The series is medically informative, but it's also quite sensational. The reenactments are intended to highlight the harrowing moments when each woman realizes that not only is she pregnant, but she's actually in the final stages of delivery. The fact that many of the births take place in public bathrooms and other non-hospital settings adds to the drama.
When it comes down to it, the show is as much about entertaining viewers with unique childbirth stories as it is about educating them about birth control and pregnancy. Medical professionals offer some context and explanation for each of the featured stories; they're quick to point out that every pregnancy is different, and not everyone experiences the typical symptoms associated with having a baby. They also subtly suggest that many of the featured women were uninformed -- and, as a result, didn't recognize the signs that their body was giving them. In the end, despite the sensationalism, the series does help demystify pregnancy.
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