In late June of this year, people around the world were abuzz with a teen pregnancy pack at Gloucester High School in Massachusetts, USA. While many parents blame recent popular films such as Knocked Up and Juno, whatever the cause the fact that remains true is that underage teen pregnancy is rising.
Unlike the Hollywood instant hits Juno and Knocked Up, Japan came out with an alternative to better inform teens of the struggles that are endured with being a pregnant teen. To an American, the movie may be a slight exaggerated however nonetheless true to the point that the television series doubles as a great birth control.
14 Sai no Haha (14 Year Old Mother) is a television series that came out on television in 2006 but is now available on DVD in some locations. The story starts out with an average teenage middle school student that is 14 years old; years younger than the common 30 years of age that most Japanese woman plan for their first child. The 14 year olds’ name is Miki Ichinose played by Shida Mirai who suddenly meets up with another classmate called Kanako Ichinose played by Misako Tanaka one day while skipping school. They are two lost teens that need comfort from each other and end up going farther than expected of anyone in their teens.
Ichinose ends up being pregnant after her first encounter with activity of this nature. The television series truly starts at this point when Miki starts to be introduced to the struggles that must be endured as an expecting teen mother. Some of the things that Miki and her family have to consider are:
1. Risks of teenage pregnancy:
2. Telling the rich teenage father about the pregnancy
3. Dealing with society’s sneer
4. Deciding if the two parents want to keep the baby
5. Schools disapproval of having a baby while in school
6. Hospitals declining services to an underage mother
7. Legal forms that are not geared towards younger parents
8. Dealing with the future
9. Premature Babies’ birth
10. Lack of milk supply produced by the underage mother
Although Japan may have a lower rate of teen pregnancy and stricter society influence, this television is still important for all teens to watch. Unlike Hollywood films, 14 Sai no Haha deals with the true facts and struggles that are to be endured by all underage teens planning on having children. So, if the new ABC television series “Supernany” or NBC’s “Baby Borrowers” were not enough birth control for your children or you want to introduce the facts to a teen, I suggest watching this Japanese television series. It holds the facts but does not run along the lines of being corny or X rated. It is clean material for all ages to watch but does deal with the facts of being an underage teen having a baby.This NTV television series comes in a box set of 11 episodes.
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