This past summer I shared information with my readers about a new series on the Oxygen network called I’m Having Their Baby. If you would like to read my original post you can find it here.
I’m Having Their Baby is one of those shows that gets people talking. Each episode brings you up close and personal with women who have made the painful decision to give their child up for adoption after an unplanned pregnancy.
Here is a synopsis of the series;
Oxygen Media premieres season two of the authentic and powerful docu-series I’m Having Their Baby on Wednesday, June 12 at 10 PM ET/PT, providing an intimate and emotional look at adoption by telling the too-often untold story through the eyes of the birth mother. The hour-long series documents a range of poignant, personal stories of women struggling with an unplanned pregnancy and ultimately deciding whether or not to place their baby in the hands of another family. This season delves deeper into the lives of birth mothers entering the adoption process, their family and friends affected by their decision and in some cases the potential adoptive couples.
I’m Having Their Baby is produced by Hud:sun Media with Michael Rourke and Bryn Freedman as executive producers.
I could not imagine giving my child up for adoption. I think it takes a very emotionally strong person to do that. There is nothing wrong with that. In fact my own biological mother gave me up. Although I wasn’t officially adopted (I was raised by my paternal grandparents) I am grateful that she did that because my “mom” and “dad’ (paternal grandparents) gave me a wonderful life.
I can see “both sides of the coin”, so to speak, when I watch the series. On one hand I’m a mom and I couldn’t imagine giving up my child. On the other hand I was a child that was given up by my biological mother and it was the best thing that could have happened to me.
When a new baby arrives into a family all eyes are on the new life and the ecstatic parents. Sadly no one really thinks about the birth mother and her story. How did she get pregnant? Why did she get pregnant? Why can’t she keep the baby? What was it that convinced her that giving up her child was the best thing she could do? These are the questions (and answers) that I’m Having Their Baby explores in each episode.
Many people might assume that the birth mother is a teenager who can barely support herself, let alone an infant. While that is true in many situations, that is not always the case. Sometimes birth moms are older women and can afford to raise the child, but for whatever reason they feel like they cannot provide the child with the life he/she truly deserves.
What I like about the show is that it really pulls you into the personal stories. Unlike other reality shows, I’m Having Their Baby is more engaging. Their stories are real and they are being played out again and again across the country and around the world. Every day a woman makes a decision to give up her child. This show helps to highlight the many reasons why so that people don’t assume that the birth mother was a foolish teen or a selfish individual who didn’t care about the child.
Although the show does tug at your heartstrings, it is also heartwarming too, especially when you see the joy and excitement in the face of the adoptive parents. It’s a beautiful thing to see someone become a mother (meaning the adoptive mother). A father too for that matter.
The show touches upon the emotions of all those involved, not only the birth mother but also their families, the father of the child, as well as the families who are going to receive the little miracle once he/she is born. As you can imagine there are a lot of tears being shed so I would recommend that you have a box of tissues handy just in case.
Did you know that each year there are 6 million pregnancies in the United States. Of those 6 million, 3 million are unplanned pregnancies. Out of the 3 million, 14,000 babies are put up for adoption. I guess that makes me one of the 3 million because my husband and I didn’t plan either of our children. They just happened. We were more prepared for the birth of our youngest than we were for our first born. Giving her up for adoption was never an option for us.
I think this show is great for teenagers to watch too because the teenager moms that are featured on the series talk about how hard it is to raise a baby and it shows that being a pregnant teen is not easy.
Here are a couple of webisodes from Oxygen’s “I’m Having Their Baby: Raising Baby”. I really like how each one explores what happens after a baby is put up for adoption. Each situation is unique and has its own individual results.
Both stories shown in the webisodes revisit an open adoption from Season 1 of I’m Having Their Baby where the birth mother are still in contact with the adoptive parents and get to see their child on a regular basis. This is certainly an option. Other families opt to have a closed adoption where there is no further contact between the birth parent/parents and the child given up for adoption. Each individual story has it’s own unique situation.
It was great to see what happens after they gave up their babies for adoption and how their lives have changed (or not changed) since then. I also like that each birth mother had their own personal story that lead them to this life changing decision.
Check out the webisodes (below).
“I’m Having Their Baby: Raising Nayamah”
“I’m Having Their Baby: Raising Vivienne”
For more information about I’m Having Their Baby and the web series please visit Oxygen.com/Baby.
To get you excited about the new season of I’m Having Their Baby I have a $50 Visa gift card giveaway.
This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on May 31, 2013. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to respond or a new winner will be chosen in their place.
To enter please check out the webisodes and then leave a comment on this post and tell me what was your favorite part, the most moving part or why you enjoyed it.
For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.
*I am being compensated for my participation however the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.