I’m Having Their Baby season 2 premieres June 12 on Oxygen

Lori Acken

I’m Having Their Baby Season 2 premieres Wednesday, June 12 at 10pm ET/PT on Oxygen.

To many of us, adoption is a process that seems pretty cut-and-dried: expectant mother whose pregnancy is unplanned and unwelcomed gives her baby a better life via overjoyed, indulgent parents who long for a child they cannot or choose not to have on their own. A happy ending for all.

Oxygen’s emotional docuseries I’m Having Their Baby — which debuts its second season June 12 — lays bare that, while that outcome is often the case, the path to it is rarely so simple.

For even the most resolved birth mothers, a growing belly and ultrasound images turn what is, at first, a frightening predicament into a very real child growing close to their hearts both literally and figuratively. Factor in the pressure to chose ideal adoptive parents, and pushback from partners, friends and family members who do not share their view of the adoption, and the result is months of agony and indecision that come to a head in the delivery room and sometimes beyond.

Meanwhile, for adoptive parents, pinning dreams of parenthood on a child whose birth mother and father may change their minds at any moment is equally unsettling.

I’m Having Their Baby’s Season 2 premiere features a pair of ambitious single moms whose dreams of furthering their education are complicated by unexpected pregnancies and partners who hope to convince them to keep their babies.

In Goshen, Indiana, 23-year-old Tory is already mom to Bentley, 3, whose birth dad is no longer in the picture. Tory is seven months pregnant by her current boyfriend Mike, 38, who has three children of his own. Tory hopes to return to school and pursue a career in the medical field, but Mike envisions getting married, settling down and raising their children together — including the unborn daughter they call Eliza. Though he’s already signed papers relinquishing his parental rights, Mike now regrets it and — while Tory and Sarah, the Ohio woman who plans to adopt Eliza with her husband Joe, are on an outing — he meets up with Joe to confess his plan to fight the adoption.

I'm Having Their Baby Season 2

 

In Dallas, Sharanda, 30, is the mother of four children and pregnant with a son by her live-in boyfriend Jeremy, who is also the father of Sharanda’s youngest child. Kind, patient Jeremy says Sharanda is his world and hopes to raise their son together because his own dad wasn’t around when he was growing up. Sharanda loves Jeremy, too, but worries that their combined salaries aren’t enough to support another child and her dream of becoming a registered nurse. Complicating matters are Jeremy’s mother and Sharanda’s sister, who share Jeremy’s belief that the new baby should remain in the family no matter the hardships it presents.

I;m Having Their Baby Season 2

 

Especially for viewers with no adoption experience, watching these three sets of parents — Tory and Mike, Sarah and Joe, and Sharanda and Jeremy (whose child’s prospective adoptive parents did not appear on camera) — wonder what their families and their lives will look like after the babies are born can’t help but make us examine our own impressions of adoption and the parents and children involved in a way that is eye-opening and frequently heartrending. And even critical, given the results of a recent uSamp study released by Oxygen that showed

  • Nearly three-quarters of non-adoptive parents don’t think raising an adopted child would be any more difficult than raising a biological child.
  • Nearly 70 percent of non-adoptive parents don’t think raising an adopted child would be difficult.

Meanwhile:

 

  • 51 percent of adopted children reveal that their personal adoption story completely shaped who they are as a person
  • 29 percent of adopted children’s friends and families think adoption had a great impact on them

I’m Having Their Baby Season 2 premieres Wednesday, June 12 at 10pm ET/PT on Oxygen.

Photo Credit: Oxygen Media

 

3 Comments

  1. I watch this show last night and it just pissed me offf. I feel like if she alrdy had 4 kids whats 1 more gonna do y give him up. Like she alrdy struggling and if she felt like she couldnt keep him why she wasnt on any birht control or usin protection. And i think she should have thought about that after baby #2. Im against adoption to be honest unless its like a rape incident or something i jus feel like evyone no that if u have sex that you can have a baby so if you dont want kids use protection and contraception.

  2. I am totally against adoption. I also think if you can give away your baby that you have given away your right to ever have another baby to give away or to keep. I think that once you give away your own flesh and blood that you should never have the joy of having another pregnancy or raising a child. I hope it’s worth it for those who give away ther child and move on like it’s no big deal… They don’t ever deserve to parent any child ever. Grow up and raise your baby or don’t choose to get pregnant. Pregnancy is preventable if you do t want a child. Anyway, giving away babies/children is just not okay in my opinion ( yes I know my opinion doesn’t really matter) I just think that it hurts everyone except the adoptive parents in the long run to give away a child. I hope the ones who give them away never conceive another child in their lifetime.

  3. Thank you for sharing some honest statistic from adoptees and generally presenting a very unbiased article about adoption. The stats really show the misconception and ideals about adoption… but it really makes you think when you read that only 29% of adoptees believe their adoption was a positive thing for them. It seems good when it’s a cute little baby who can’t talk… but when they grow up, most of them struggle with many personal and mental health issues and wish it didn’t happen. An adoptive family may have more money and just as much love as a natural family, but money and love can’t create biological ties.

Comments are closed.

About Lori Acken 1195 Articles
Lori just hasn't been the same since "thirtysomething" and "Northern Exposure" went off the air.