It’s once again time for Dr. Drew Pinsky and his diluted and passive advice to this past season’s crop of 16 & Pregnant girls. Yes, it’s Life After Labor, y’all, and it’s an hour and a half! He touts the triumphs and challenges of the most recent teen moms, and, as you all know, we’re treated to quite an emotional video montage.
Briana, who graduated high school a year early (the girl whose sister had an abortion around the same time Briana got pregnant) is first on Dr. Drew’s sofa. She’s still sporting her adorable cropped haircut. She’s joined by her mother and sister. Everyone is crying. Her mother is devastated, saying it’s not the path she wanted for her daughters. Her sister seems very defensive when answering Drew’s questions about her abortion. More tears. She’s worried her family will feel guilty for her actions. Briana cries saying she had to give up school, and all of her friends have abandoned her.
Last night was the season finale of 16 & Pregnant. We are introduced to Kristina Robinson who lives in Dewberry, Texas with her mother, grandmother, brother, and sister. She is very close to her Aunt Dotty, and spends lots of time at her house with her husband Daniel (that would be Uncle Daniel, correct?) and their three kids (so her cousins…funny how they don’t phrase it like that). It was at Dotty and Daniel’s that she met her boyfriend Todd…who is the younger brother of Daniel…aka her uncle.
The pair started dating a year ago, and things moved very quickly. Around prom time of junior year, Todd proposed, and Kristina accepted. That summer the pair was at the beach vacationing with Kristina’s family. While swimming in the ocean, the couple got caught in a riptide. Kristina was rescued by a lifeguard, but Todd drowned. This is tragic! Apparently, Kristina was about three months pregnant with his baby when he passed away. She has since moved in full time with Dotty and Daniel as she feels they can better to relate to what she’s experiencing with the loss of Todd.
Daniel urges Kristina to include her mother in the pregnancy because she’s feeling left out, but Kristina has a hard time being around her mother who is constantly distraught over the accident. Kristina is the only one in the family who doesn’t need a constant stream of subtitles. Her mother really wants her to move home, but she wants to stay with her aunt and uncle.
Devon Broyles from Richmond, Virginia is the teem mom we met on last night’s 16 and Pregnant. She brags about being mature for her age, as she’s sixteen and pregnant with her twenty-year-old boyfriend Colin whom she met after his first tour in Iraq.
Devon lives at home with her older brother, two sisters, and mom. Her folks are divorced, but her parents are still friendly, so her dad stays at their house when he’s in town. Hmm, what else? Oh yeah, Devon’s sister Jane is also a teen mom, so her one-year-old daughter lives there as well. Her mother also let Colin move in after the pair started dating. Where’s John Stamos because this is clearly a full house!
The couple reminisces about the many nights Devon would sneak Colin into the house late night, and once her mom busted them the following morning, he was allowed to move in for good. She got pregnant a few months later. Devon is focused on school while Colin supports the family by serving in the Reserves. She admits to her friends that she didn’t figure out she was pregnant until she was five months along. Yea prenatal care! Her friends laugh at her misfortune as she was always the life of every party.
We were introduced to Sarah Roberts on last night’s 16 and Pregnant, a sixteen-year-old from Chickamauga, Georgia. She is super close to her mother, and she lives with her mom and two brothers. Sarah met her boyfriend Blake in the sixth grade, and they have been dating on and off for five years. She had aspired to go to college and study journalism, while Blake dreams of being a shrimp boat captain. Sarah’s mom Tina and Blake don’t get along, but of course she lets him move in once Sarah gets pregnant. He’s a high school dropout, and Sarah’s mom doesn’t like how disrespectful he is or how he treats her daughter. Blake doesn’t like following Tina’s rules, and Sarah wonders how long he will stick around in Chickamauga. Blake thinks he could make more money shrimping in South Georgia.
Sarah’s mom does her make-up every morning. Tina is concerned that once the baby is born the couple will take off to South Georgia. At a doctor’s appointment, Blake seems very uncomfortable. Sarah tells her midwife that she will be going to school online, while Blake mumbles something about getting his GED. Blake has promised to pick up a crib from Sarah’s aunt, but he’s busy…playing video games and hanging out with his friends. Tina warns Sarah that he’s only going to get worse once the baby is born. Blake confides in a friend that he just wants to have fun until the baby is born. The whole conversation has subtitles. Thank goodness I’m Southern. I have no problem understanding what they’re saying, which is awesome because it means I can keep typing instead of trying to decipher their backwoods twang. The ever classy Blake reveals that he is so sick of Sarah’s mother, he is sometimes just tempted to pay child support and be done with it.
On last night’s 16 and Pregnant, we are introduced to a couple who wasn’t a couple. The two had a few hook-ups before learning they were expecting. However, the pair managed to defy most odds (after an early-on freak out by mohawked dad) to become a loving, self-sufficient couple with a newborn.
Hope Harbert is from Lee’s Summit, Missouri where she lives with her mom and two younger siblings. She fancies herself a party girl who has just graduated from high school. She met Ben, who also enjoyed going out, and after hooking up a few times, Hope found out she was pregnant. She actually got pregnant the first time she ever had sex. When Hope told Ben about the impending baby, he said he wanted nothing to do with her or his child. Hope reveals to her mother she lost her virginity to Ben, and although they only had sex a couple times, they never used protection. Her mother is very disappointed, but she is supportive. After two months of no contact, Ben has a change of heart and invites Hope to come move in with him before the baby is born. She thinks that is the best idea for the new couple. Of course she does. When will these girls learn?
After chatting with her friends, Hope admits that she thinks Ben will be a good dad even if he’s not a good boyfriend. Her folks have never met Ben, and her mother is beyond perplexed that her daughter is in this situation having never had a boyfriend before. Ben isn’t quite ready to meet her fam, so he only comes by to visit when no one is home. Winner! Ben has gotten a new apartment, and he is willing to move in all the baby stuff. However, he’s not keen on moving in Hope’s belongings. Ben is quick to let her know that she’s welcome to spend the night whenever she wants. What a charmer. He also admits that he was frightened off from her when he found out she was a virgin who got pregnant after only having sex the first time. Perhaps he missed the day in sex ed when you learn that anytime you have sex you can get pregnant…you don’t have to practice for months before it can happen.
On last night’s 16 and Pregnant, we meet Myranda Trevino and her boyfriend Eric Kennemer from Bronson, Texas. She’s a track star and he hopes to play professional baseball one day. Myranda’s mother Billie has addiction issues and allowed her three months pregnant daughter to move in with Eric at his grandmother’s after the pair had been dating six months. Myranda has a strained relationship with her mother, but during a discussion we learn that Myranda was on the Pill but stopped taking it for a month. She plans to drop out of school and get her GED.
Eric’s Nanny helps the couple and allows the couple to live with her for free. Eric says the most honest thing ever on this show when he tells his brother that Myranda got pregnant because he was thinking with his penis. Eric is working part time and about to start college classes. Nanny is a spitfire. She is annoyed at the pair’s stupidity in light of birth control, and she makes sure to give the couple as little privacy as possible. Nanny drops the bomb that her house isn’t a daycare facility, so the couple will have to find other living arrangements once the baby arrives.
On last night’s 16 and Pregnant we meet Jordan Howard, a teen from Millersville, Pennsylvania who is in a biracial relationship with Tyler. She discusses her situation with her mother Kelly who isn’t keen on her daughter’s boyfriend. She won’t even let him in her home. Kelly is alright with Jordan staying at Tyler’s house now, but that will change after the baby. The baby WILL stay at Jordan’s house and Tyler will NOT be included. Thankfully, his parents are more supportive. Jordan wants to stay with his parents after the couple’s son is born, but they all know they will face strong opposition from her mother.
Tyler has spent a lot of his savings on baby supplies and furniture. Jordan wants to contribute, so the pair go shopping for baby clothes. It’s worth noting that Tyler is wearing a shirt that says “I’m the guy your parents warned you about.” Tyler and Jordan reveal that her mother is so wary of Tyler because he’s white. She admits she even had some strange reactions from her friends when they first got together. Jordan discusses with her friends her fear about telling her mom about her plans to move in with Tyler’s family.
On last night’s 90 minute (seriously, MTV?) 16 and Pregnant we were introduced to Alex Sekella from Pennsylvania who lives with her mother and two younger siblings. She’s an aspiring dancer who works at a fast food job and teaches children how to dance at a local studio. Alex has been with Matt McCann for two years, and the pair couldn’t be more opposite. Alex is focused, driven, and a good student, while Matt is in and out of trouble. From the first two minutes of the show, you can tell he’s a deadbeat.
Alex’s mother took her to get on birth control as soon as she became sexually active (slow clap for her—seriously!), which is refreshing for this season. However, after trying to give her daughter the necessary precautions, Alex’s mom is less than thrilled with the current situation. Alex has two choices…adoption or find another place to live. Harsh, but sometimes there isn’t enough tough love on this show.
Matt is confused and not ready to be a dad. I must also mention that he’s always sweaty and looks like he’s on something. Matt is leaning towards adoption, but selfishly doesn’t want to miss out on his child’s life. Alex’s biggest fear is parenting alone. Matt has some great words of comfort with, “We’ll see.” It’s becoming more difficult for an almost nine months pregnant Alex to teach dance, much less practice. She shares her insecurities with her dance classmates. Alex admits that her pregnancy was an “oops” because they were using protection and she was on birth control. She reveals they didn’t get the Plan B pill because it was too expensive.
Talking with her younger siblings, they are brutally honest. Her brother wants to know if it’s against the law for a teenager to even have a baby. Out of the mouths of babes…you have to appreciate the candidness of a ten-year-old’s mind. Her mother discusses adoption with her, again telling her that no baby will be raised in her home. Alex is clearly torn. She wants to be a mom, and her mother reminds her that many adoptions can be open.
Alex becomes more convinced about motherhood while checking out cute clothing for little girls. Of course, she is smart enough to realize that a $28 outfit will take more than five hours of work to afford. She’s walking a mile to her fast food job contemplating her decision. Alex would like reassurance from Matt, but shockingly he’s MIA for their group mini-golf date. Her friends basically tell her she’s dating a deadbeat, but young love is clearly blind.
Her final ultrasound occurs, and after many voicemails, Matt is in attendance. He’s either drunk, high, or ridiculously hungover while he sits glassy-eyed in the corner, not engaging in any sort of conversation with the doctor. Winner! Later, Alex talks with a friend about her final decision, and she refuses to make it without Matt’s involvement. I see where she’s coming from, but basically everyone in her life is urging her to get rid of this dude. Over lunch with one of her best friends, a proposition is formed…her friend’s mother would like to adopt the baby. While it may seem ideal for some, to me it sounds too close for comfort, as the baby she has such a hard time parting with would become her best friend’s younger sister. Yes, she would get to see her child, but when it comes down to brass tacks, Alex would have to watch her daughter raised in her vicinity with no say, whatsoever. While I commend the potential adoptive parents, I can’t imagine how difficult that would be for all parties involved.
Matt is still being elusive, so she goes to speak with her friend’s parents. They can’t have any more children, and they want to adopt Alex’s baby. It’s a strange (but refreshing? Or just strange) conversation to watch. Her friend’s parents are willing to wait until she’s ready to make a choice, even if that decision isn’t made until well after the baby is born. The couple introduces Alex to their neighbor who needs a roommate to make rent. They would love for Alex to live there while she figures out what she wants to do.
She finally talks to Matt who is more concerned about a pet rabbit doing its business on him than chatting about their future. He’s again totally out of it, but Alex seems awestruck at how sweaty and cute he is. She tells him about the situation that has been presented, and he likes the idea of his child being adopted by a family down the street. Alex really wants to be called “mom” and make it work, and he thinks she’s not thinking enough about the baby…together they don’t make enough to support themselves, much less a child.
With a week to go until her due date, Alex shares her friend Brianna’s parents’ offer with her mother. Her mom understands her concern about being in such close proximity with her daughter knowing they will have the parental rights. However, her mother isn’t thrilled at the thought of her living with the baby at the neighbor’s house until she can make a decision. Her mom thinks that choice needs to be in place before the baby is born.
Alex takes Matt to speak with Brianna’s parents, and again, what is this dude smoking? Alex wants the potential adoptive parents to know that they will have the final say as to visitation. Matt supports the adoption, but thinks that Alex should have the final say. As he’s a year younger—a rising junior in high school—he knows he still has a lot to do before he can provide anything to support his child. Brianna’s dad doesn’t want to put any pressure on the teens, but his wife clearly hopes this will work out for them. As a trial run, Alex moves in some things next door but spends the night at Brianna’s before moving in. Of course, that night she goes into labor.
Before heading to the hospital, Alex sends many unanswered texts to Matt. Her mother arrives at Brianna’s to take her to the hospital…although several hours later she’s still having contractions and writhing on Brianna’s parents’ floor. Bypassing the hospital, the mother-daughter pair track Matt down on his bike…although it totally looked like he was trying to evade them. When Alex falls out of the car mid-contraction, Matt gives up on playing BMX star to get in the car.
After eighteen hours of labor, Alex is finally ready to push. She is beyond thrilled that Matt stayed with her the whole time. News flash…it’s what he is supposed to do…no props should be given. Arabella Elizabeth is born, and it’s the first footage of Matt not sweating up a storm. After giving birth, Alex is having serious reservations about adoption. Matt seems to bond with his daughter, and Alex hopes that he can commit to being a family.