I'm Having Their Baby

Common Sense Media says

Voyeuristic and emotional adoption show has mature themes.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Various reasons for choosing adoption, as well as the values and opinions associated with parenting, homosexuality, and abortion are discussed.

Positive role models

The pregnant women range in age and socio-economic circumstances and have different reasons for terminating their parental rights. Many biological fathers are not in the women's lives.

Violence

Heated discussions take place between pregnant women, frustrated parents, friends, and others. One episode shows guns on display in a store.

Sex

Pregnancy, extra-marital affairs, single motherhood, abortion, and other sex-related issues are discussed.

Language

Words like "whore," "damn," "pissed," and "ass" are sometimes audible. Occasional curses like "s--t" are bleeped.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Alcohol consumption is sometimes visible at bars and other social functions; the pregnant women are not shown drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that I'm Having Their Baby features pregnant women from various walks of life preparing to give up their babies for adoption. As expected, the series touches on some mature themes, including single motherhood, infidelity, and abortion, as well as other issues like homosexuality. Drinking (beer) is occasionally visible (but the pregnant women are not shown consuming alcohol). Some episodes feature salty language ("damn," "pissed,"  "ass";  stronger words bleeped). It's too mature for most tweens, and parents may want to sit and watch with their teens to discuss some of the issues brought up here.

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What's the story?

I'M HAVING THEIR BABY is a reality docuseries that follows pregnant women as they struggle with the decision to give up their newborn babies for adoption. From a high school student who is having her second baby in less than a year to a woman who finds herself separated from her husband and pregnant with another man's child, each of the women cope with the physical symptoms of pregnancy and the mixed emotions they have about the baby and its impending adoption. The pregnant women share the reasons why they've decided not to parent the babies, as well as their decisions about the adoptive parents through self-recorded video and conversations with family, friends, and others -- many of whom have very strong opinions about them giving up their babies. Sometimes viewers get to see some of the potential adoptive parents, too. After the babies is born and final decisions are made, some limited information about how they've gone on with their lives is offered.

Is it any good?

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The series attempts to offer a non-judgmental look at some of the individual journeys that women go on when giving up their babies for adoption. While all of the women struggle with their maternal instincts, thanks to the video diary entries and some soap opera-like relationship drama, some of the women featured here appear a bit  casual about the impact their decision will have on them until the actual moment when they have to sign the papers and give up the child.

It doesn't offer a lot of specific information about the adoption process, but adoption counselors are very honest with the pregnant women about how difficult the process is. Some of the adoptive parents share some of the challenges they have faced, too. But in the end, this series is more about offering audiences some emotional -- but voyeuristically entertaining -- moments, rather than informing them.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about adoption. What are some of the stereotypes that characterize women who give their babies up for adoption? Are you surprised by some of the reasons the women featured here have for choosing to give up their parental rights?

  • Some of the women featured in the series cite poor decision-making and irresponsible sexual activity as the cause of their unwanted pregnancies. What role do you think the media plays in the choices young people make about engaging in this kind of behavior

TV details

Network:Oxygen
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Adult Written bySamanthamaster1 December 9, 2014
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25+. Just the "adult" version of 16 and Pregnant.

This is one of the worst shows in the world, because, like 16 and Pregnant, they focus on all the drama. They have sensitive topics such as pregnancy, adoption, abortion, substance abuse, sexual intercourse, affairs, etc, but, at-least this show doesn't market to young viewers under 25, unlike 16 and Pregnant does, at-least this show markets to adults 25+. I still only gave it 1 star, because, I really hate this show. The only two shows I hate more than this show is The Real World and The Walking Dead.
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