My Mom's Having a Baby (1977)

Run Time - 46 min.  |  
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One of the most famous and celebrated entries in the 24-year saga of the ABC Afterschool Special series, My Mom's Having a Baby handles a delicate subject with intelligence and impeccable taste. Ten-year-old Petey (Shane Sinutko) is both concerned and confused about his mother's pregnancy. Inevitably, the question arises: "Where do babies come from?" Real-life pediatrician Dr. Lendon Smith answers Petey's query in a manner both honest and straightforward, neither talking down to the boy nor talking over his head. After a cluster of discreetly handled and immensely entertaining animated sequences (produced by DePatie-Freleng) showing the conception and reproduction process, the episode ends with videotaped footage of a live birth -- actually drawn from the 1974 TV special Birth and Babies, with actress Candace Farrell (who went on to be cast as Petey's mom) delivering a healthy infant. Rebroadcast several times by ABC, the Emmy-winning My Mom's Having a Baby has since become a classroom staple on VHS and DVD.