16 and Pregnant: The Reality Show

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On June 11, 2009, MTV debuted a reality show, "16 and Pregnant," which examines the lives of expecting teen mothers and the issues they face including gossip, marriage, adoption and financial problems.

Each episode focuses on one girl, who is in her sixth- to eighth-month of pregnancy and ending when the baby is a few months old. The first season featured six girls. Farrah was a cheerleader from Iowa. Ebony, from Colorado, dreams of going to the US Air Force Academy. Catelynn might have had the greatest impact on the audience because of her decision to give up her baby for adoption. All six girls returned for a reunion show with Dr. Drew Pinsky, who answered questions from the studio audience and e-mails.

Not surprisingly, the show created controversy, inspiring bloggers to plead with parents to forbid their children from watching the show. MTV, however, realized the sensitive nature of the series and worked with The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy to create free viewing guides to go along with each episode that could be used by educators, parents, and teen organizations to start a dialogue among teenage viewers.

MTV announced in July that it would produce a second season, but the debut date has yet to be determined.

To learn more about "16 and Pregnant", visit the show's web site to watch full-length episodes from season one for free online. To find the free viewing guides, visit It's Your Sex Life.

Check out ParentDish for additional "16 and Pregnant" coverage as well as related news and updates on Teens & Tweens and Pregnancy & Birth.

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