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Mommy, Daddy, Wait for Me: The Struggles of Teen Parents 2009


Distributed by Human Relations Media, 41 Kensico Drive, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549; 800-431-2050
Produced by Jared Bentley
Directed by Jared Bentley
DVD, color, 24 min.

Sr. High - Adult
Teen Parenting, Parenting, Sociology, Health Sciences, Adolescence

Date Entered: 03/04/2011

Reviewed by LaRoi Lawton, Library & Learning Resources Department, Bronx Community College of the City University of New York

This is a good documentary concerning the complexities surrounding teen parenting and its impact on everyone involved. Viewers are introduced to several teen parents who express the huge changes they faced becoming pregnant, giving birth and being a parent- and at times, doing it alone. Some of the topics discussed include: the pain of childbirth; the disquieting changes to their post-partum bodies; the anger and heartache of being ignored by "no-show" fathers, the exhausting commitment of focusing all their time and energy on their infants, and their regrets about being unable to further their education or career goals. In addition, a doctor discusses the physical risks related to teen pregnancy and premature or underweight birth, as well as the importance of proper birth control.