My Mom's Having a Baby
|My Mom's Having a Baby|
|Written by||Susan Fichter Kennedy
Elaine Evans Rushnell
|Directed by||Larry Elikann|
|Theme music composer||Dean Elliott|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producer(s)||Friz Freleng
David H. DePatie
|Cinematography||Donald M. Morgan|
|Production company(s)||DePatie-Freleng Enterprises|
|Original release||February 16, 1977|
My Mom's Having a Baby is an American television teen comedy/documentary that aired as an ABC Afterschool Special on February 16, 1977. The program would be historic as it was the first television program of its kind in the United States to showcase the pregnancy process and conception to young people, using a combination of animation and live action. The program was a co-production between Dick Clark Productions and DePatie-Freleng Enterprises.
Upon learning that his mother is pregnant with what will be his brother, 10-year-old Petey Evans begins to wonder (through animated fantasies and flashbacks) about how babies are born, only to realize that those theories are not delivered by storks or popping out of a stomach. So, with help from his friends Oskar and Kelly, they go to a real expert who will be performing the delivery, Dr. Lendon Smith, who uses an animated film that explains in detail (via Smith's narration) of how a pregnancy begins and how the child is conceived.
The remaining portion of this program features an actual live birth being performed in front of the cameras, which was taken from a 1974 ABC's Wide World of Entertainment special called David Hartman: Birth & Babies. Actress Candace Farrell, who played the mother in this program, was pregnant at the time of filming the 1974 special, which resulted in the producers hiring her for this program.
- This program won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1977 for Outstanding Children's Informational Special.
- Shane Sinutko as Petey Evans
- Jarred Johnson as Oskar
- Rachael Longaker as Kelly
- Lendon Smith as himself
- Candace Farrell as Anne Evans
- Where Do Teenagers Come From?, the 1980 sequel to this program.
- The Ledger (Lakeland, Florida): "Actual Birth of Baby to be Televised", February 13, 1977.
- "Television — The Quiet Life as Pursued by David Hartman" From New York Times (August 20, 1995)