I Think I'm Having A Baby (1981)

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Laurie is 15 and she thinks she's pregnant. Her boyfriend doesn't care. Her mother doesn't know. Why did it happen? And whom can she turn to?

"I Think I'm Having a Baby" is a drama film that aired on CBS in 1981 as part of the CBS Schoolbreak Special series, targeted at teens. Directed by John Coles, the film sensitively addresses the issue of teen pregnancy. Kathleen Beller and Brian Kerwin play the lead characters in the motion picture, and it likewise includes Michael Bowman, Jonathan Ingham, Raymond Singer, and Ruth Silveira in supporting functions.

Plot Summary
"I Think I'm Having a Baby" focuses on the life of Susan Bowers (Kathleen Beller), a high school trainee who conceives. She battles with her feelings, fears, and the crucial decision about her future while dealing with the reactions of her moms and dads, buddies, school authorities, and partner, Larry (Brian Kerwin).

Susan is a top trainee and well related to in her school. When she attends a summertime camp with her boyfriend Larry, they become intimate, resulting in her pregnancy. As she understands the truth of her circumstance, she is overwhelmed with despair and regret and deals with the judgement and stigma that feature teenage pregnancy. She also faces the choice of whether to keep the infant, have an abortion, or put it up for adoption.

The Characters and their Reactions
Each character in the movie has various thoughts about Susan's pregnancy. Larry feels uncertain with the idea of becoming a father at such a young age, yet he wants to support Susan. However, his passion to wed her is not to raise the child responsibly however rather to get away the embarrassment brought by the pregnancy.

Susan's parents likewise respond differently. Her daddy (Michael Bowman), an overbearing and extremely respected figure in the neighborhood, is more concerned with the embarassment that Susan's pregnancy may give their household. Meanwhile, her mother (Ruth Silveira) shows a more nurturing mindset, though she is initially surprised. Rather of panicking, she talks openly with Susan about her options and supports her daughter's plans for the future.

The Message
The film goes beyond simple storytelling about teenage pregnancy. It leads the audience through the understanding and approval procedure that Susan experiences. The movie illustrates Susan as fully grown and responsible, taking ownership of her actions and striving to make an educated choice about her future. It emphasizes the importance of open interaction and understanding in handling such scenarios.

"I Think I'm Having a Baby" likewise sensitively addresses possible services to teen pregnancies, such as adoption and abortion, and shows the impact on a teenager's aspirations and every day life. It examines the societal pressure and preconception attached to teen pregnancy, and it motivates viewers to see the matter from a compassionate and less judgemental point of view.

"I Think I'm Having a Baby" is an engaging drama that provides a sensitive issue typically glossed over in TV films. It gives a voice to teenage girls who find themselves dealing with unexpected pregnancies and urges society to show empathy to them. The movie represents the necessity of extensive sex education for teens and the value of understanding and psychological assistance from family and friends throughout such circumstances. In spite of being a film from 1981, it continues to stay relatable and pertinent to today's audience.

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