Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Last night, Gladney was mentioned a couple of times and our website shown briefly on MTV’s show 16 and Pregnant. When I first learned that we were working with MTV, I was nervous about how we and adoption would be portrayed.

Wow ! My first reaction was simply relief. Then it just got better from there, as the show was so well done, even though the ultimate outcome was a bit different from the norm, but I don’t want to ruin the ending for you.

The Gladney references were nice, but what was even more powerful was the performance of our caseworker, Ashley Whiteside, and ultimately the poignant story itself.

The birthmom, also named Ashley, was of course confronted with an unplanned pregnancy. The show chronicled her emotional ups and downs during her pregnancy and after her delivery, focusing on the difficulty of her decision.

This episode of 16 and Pregnant vividly depicted 2 things for me:
• How much a birthmother loves her baby and the anguish involved in making a selfless decision
• The difficulty of being a teenage single mom who cherishes her baby, but also desires independence and the future she had been planning

I watched the show with my wife and college-age adopted daughter and it sparked some interesting discussion in our home. If you watched it, I trust it sparked some discussion in your home as well. If you missed it, I’m told you can watch at

1 comment:

AL said...

Yaaay for Gladney!! Great job representing Ashley! It warms my heart (as a Gladney baby myself) that such support was given to my birthmom and is given to birthmom's today!!