Get Knocked Up Tonight!
“Knocked Up” is a new three-episode docu-series premiering tonight on Lifetime at 10p/9c. It comes from the folks who do “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom” and follows the journeys of young women who got pregnant accidentally after a one-night hookup. It’s a show I’ve been wishing for since I first saw “16 and Pregnant” way back in 2009.
Don’t get me wrong, I love “16 and Pregnant.” (As do viewers, parents, teachers, and opinion leaders). But 85% of unplanned pregnancies happen to women age 20 or older. And their stories are often obscured when teen pregnancy gets the spotlight. But if you care about unplanned pregnancy in general and babies being born into welcomed and wanted circumstances specifically, you can’t just stop at teenagers. You have to pay attention to the single young women who get pregnant at rates roughly one and half times greater than that of teens. Which is exactly what Lifetime is doing.
The three women who share their lives in “Knocked Up” represent so many who find themselves unexpectedly expecting. First up is 32-year-old Audra, whose episode airs tonight. After years of living life on the wild side she got sober, found God, and then had a fling with an old friend and got pregnant. That friend wants nothing to do with the baby so Audra is facing parenthood on her own. Her story is equal parts heartbreaking and triumphant.
The two other women profiled in subsequent episodes—Katie, age 29, and Akiitha, age 26—have equally compelling stories to share. Katie had always been in same-sex relationships but got pregnant after a single night with a man, and then met the woman of her dreams soon after. Now the two women are building both a relationship and a family together. Akiitha is a social worker who a got pregnant after a fun night with a random guy and even though there’s no romantic relationship between them now and he lives in a different state, they want to raise the baby together. Real people, real life.
How real? Almost three-quarters (72%) of unplanned pregnancies in the U.S. are to women ages 20-34 and nearly half (44%) of all pregnancies to women 20-34 are unplanned. Like the women in “Knocked Up,” many of these young women don’t live at home with their own experienced parents to help out, aren’t financially stable or permanently employed, and/or lack supportive relationships.
So if you’re looking for drama, joy, disappointment, exhilaration, and everything in between, get “Knocked Up” tonight on Lifetime.
Amy Kramer is the Senior Director of Media Relations at The National Campaign. She came to the Campaign in 2007 after more than fifteen years in television news and communications consulting.
Amy’s role at the Campaign is to advance the organization’s mission by working across the media landscape with reporters, writers, producers, social media experts, media executives, and others to help them incorporate teen and unplanned pregnancy prevention messages into the content of their work. She is responsible for the development, management, and support of all media relations activities with the specific goal of increasing the presence of the National Campaign’s messages, leadership, and activities with all media, including news and entertainment.
She has served as the lead content expert for MTV’s 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom since the shows launched in 2009 and has spoken widely in the press, on television, and at conferences about the shows’ impact on teen pregnancy. She has also written and analyzed surveys about sex, relationships, and contraception for Seventeen and Cosmopolitan magazines. In addition, she consults with many other television programs, magazines and websites, writes discussion guides and blog posts for media partners’ web properties, and works with outside experts on the media goals of the Campaign.
Prior to joining the Campaign, Amy was a producer at ABC, CNN, and CNBC. She began her career at the political Hotline, a daily news wire service covering national politics, and then started in television as a political researcher for CBS News. As a communications consultant she worked with corporations and foundations on issues such as drug abuse, education, health care, aging, and employee/employer relations. She has moderated focus groups, written surveys, and provided analysis and direction on public opinion related to these topics. She has also worked as a political campaign press aide and a summer camp waterski instructor. Amy graduated magna cum laude from Lehigh University with degrees in government and journalism.