What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series -- which features maternity concierge Rosie Pope helping wealthy pregnant mothers prepare for parenthood -- isn't geared toward kids or teens at all. Much of the show's focus is on material wealth and consumerism rather than the unborn child’s well-being. Some iffy language pops up ("hell," "bitch"; stronger words bleeped). Issues like intimacy and infertility are also discussed.
What's the story?
The reality series PREGNANT IN HEELS features maternity concierge Rosie Pope as she helps Manhattan’s high-class mothers-to-be prepare for the arrival of their babies. The fashion designer and self-proclaimed pregnancy guru, along with assistants Lawrence "L.T." Thompson and Hannah Hurwitz, helps expectant mothers and their partners pick out things like nursery furniture, trendy maternity clothing, and names that will help the child become president. Putting together great baby showers and orchestrating glamorous post-birth photo shoots at the hospital are also part of the job. Pope also connects her clients with trained specialists to help them cope with the changes and compromises they will have to make once they are parents.
Is it any good?
The series offers a voyeuristic glimpse into the lives of wealthy people who think very highly of themselves, but cannot seem to find the time or the confidence to prepare for their baby’s arrival on their own. While Pope offers some perspective about the realities of pregnancy, childbirth, and becoming parents, the real focus of the show is on the expecting parents, many of whose priorities are centered on things like hiring focus groups designed to test potential baby names, and having a nursery without color or baby toys to avoid clashing with their apartment’s trendy décor.
The show does highlight some more serious issues, like the impact parenthood will have on a marriage, and Pope’s own battle with infertility. But outside of the occasionally serious storyline, the show makes it hard to take these expecting parents seriously. Unfortunately, it also raises questions about the kinds of values these parents will be passing on to their children.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about parenthood. What are some of the different ways that the media portrays parents and parenting on television? What are the realities of having kids? Kids: How much of what you know about parenting comes from media, and how much comes from life experience?
What is the difference between a want and a need? Do you think that some of the requests Rosie Pope’s clients make are necessary for their baby’s health and well-being? Why or why not? What messages does this show offer us about consumerism?