Runway Moms

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Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Models' birth stories are tame, family friendly.

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Positive Messages
Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Mention of feeling sexy during pregnancy. Breastfeeding scenes include glimpses of bras (not at all sexual).


Promotes the company Expecting Models, which all of the featured women work for.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that because this reality series focuses on pregnancy and birth stories, there's occasional mention of medical terms like "amniocentesis" and "dilation" and discussion of the physical woes of pregnancy and childbirth. But while the subject matter may raise some questions from kids, the series itself isn't at all graphic, and it steers clear of labor and delivery footage entirely.

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What's the story?

RUNWAY MOMS chronicles the pregnancy and birth stories of professional models at a unique agency that specializes in representing expecting and new moms and their babies. Much like A Baby Story, each episode puts a new expectant mom in front of the camera to share her thoughts on pregnancy, childbirth, and life as a new mom. The main difference is that for these stunningly beautiful women, being in front of a camera is all in a day's work -- which brings them to Expecting Models, the world's only agency devoted to representing models during pregnancy. The women talk about their careers, their families, their hobbies, and the ups and downs of their pregnancies. Some confess to worries about labor and delivery, others share tips for staying in shape while expecting, and all open up about the feelings they've experienced during pregnancy.

Is it any good?

Throughout the show, Expecting Models president Liza Elliott-Ramirez -- who acts as both an agent and a close friend to many of her clients -- talks about the company she started after having her own two children. She discusses the market for pregnant models and new mom/baby teams and shares her joy at being able to represent these unconventional professionals.

For regular watchers of TV's ubiquitous Baby Story-esque shows, Runway Moms offers little originality ... but plenty of the soaring emotions that surround childbirth. And since this series doesn't feature actual delivery scenes (the most graphic it gets is mentioning dilation), it's a good option for introducing kids to issues surrounding pregnancy and birth, especially if you're expecting yourself. As an added bonus, pop-ups explain potentially unfamiliar medical terms like "amniocentesis" and "pitocin" when they arise.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about where babies come from and how they enter the world. Where does the baby grow, and how long before it's ready to be born? What happens when the baby is ready to be born? What special care does a baby need? Families who are expecting another child can also discuss the specifics of what to expect when the new sibling arrives. Kids: What are you most looking forward to when your brother/sister is born? What responsibilities will you have as a big brother/big sister? What privileges will you have that the baby won't?

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